Jazz Prizewinners' Concert plus Kenny Wheeler's Windmill Tilter
Jazz, Competition/Prize, Milton Court
Guildhall Jazz Band
Scott Stroman director
Henry Lowther trumpet
Supported by The Worshipful Company of Musicians
A chance to hear emerging jazz talent and the winning compositions (big band and small ensemble) as the Guildhall School hosts the 10th Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition and the Eddie Harvey Award for Jazz Arrangement. The concert also features a rare performance of Kenny Wheeler's iconic Windmill Tilter suite, recorded in 1968 by the John Dankworth Orchestra and featuring British trumpet great Henry Lowther.
Windmill Tilter is recognized as a landmark in the history of big band writing. Impressed by the originality of the arrangements Wheeler had been providing for his band, Dankworth commissioned him to write a suite, generously putting the Orchestra at his disposal. Loosely based on the adventures of Don Quixote, the successful result propelled Wheeler to international recognition as a composer and performer.
Henry Lowther, later to be recognized as one of Britain's most important jazz trumpeters, was a young member of Dankworth's at the time (other future stars included Dave Holland and John McLaughlin). He took Wheeler's solo chair when the suite was first performed live in its entirely by the London Jazz Orchestra in 2015; only excerpts were played live by the Dankworth Orchestra, and it was never performed live in Kenny's lifetime.
Milton Court Concert Hall