The Coronet Theatre Jazz Festival 2023: Langston Hughes (Ft Trinity Laban Big Band)
★★★★ “(Byron Wallen’s) writing at its most effective – widely spaced chords for the ensemble, with dramatic use of drums and bass, and free-flowing solos… all the musicians sound great within Wallen’s ingenious charts” – The Guardian
In the second of two gigs with the Trinity Laban Big Band & Jazz Orchestra, Byron Wallen explores the work of American poet, novelist, and playwright Langston Hughes.
Over the past decade, Trinity Laban jazz graduates have reinvigorated the UK jazz scene and gained worldwide acclaim: artists such as Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Xhosa Cole, Laura Jurd, and Deschanel Gordon, bands like Empirical and Ezra Collective.
Musicians coming through Trinity Laban have recently claimed numerous awards and nominations, including two BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Awards, multiple Jazz FM Awards, Parliamentary Jazz Awards and MOBO Awards, and the Mercury Prize in 2023, the first ever to go to a jazz group. Tonight’s concert showcases the talents of a new generation of jazz students in an exciting double bill of Byron Wallen’s music.
Langston Hughes was an American poet, novelist, and playwright whose African-American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. In 2002 Byron Wallen was commissioned by The South Bank Centre to write music for his Centenary celebration at the Poetry International festival. Byron will revisit this music with special reworkings of the material for the big band.
Trumpets: Toby Young (lead), Mejedi Owusu, Alex Polack, Tom Stringer, Tom Gaddes
Trombones: Matt Seddon (lead), Olivia Hughes, Jai Patel, Christ-Stephane Boizi
Euphonium: Cameron Scott
Alto Sax (+sop): Otto Kampa, Lauren Breen
Tenor Sax (+sop): Emma Jackson, Jacob Wilson (plus Bass Clarinet)
Baritone Sax: Charles Rothwell (plus Bass Clarinet)
Piano: Tom O’Brien
Bass: Kielan Sheard
Drums: Sam Nicholls
Percussion: Sophie Warner
Guitar: Barney Anderson
Vocals and Spoken Word: Daisy Holder, Folakemi De Souza, Byron Wallen
Also on 08 Dec
Each band costs £20. Book two events in the same night and get £10 off and free entry to a screening of the film Revelations in Small Steps.