Guildhall Big Band – Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite
Matt Skelton director
Colin Skinner saxophone
The Kansas City of the ’20s and 30s is now a place of legend. The music that saw its beginnings there developed and moved into the mainstream of jazz, taking with it the likes of Walter Page, Benny Moten, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Andy Kirk, and Coleman Hawkins to name a few. It reached its full maturity and greatness in the music of Benny Carter, and through the dynamic force of the great Basie band.
In this performance featuring alto saxophonist Colin Skinner and directed by Matt Skelton, the Guildhall Big Band perform Benny Carter’s Kansas City Suite. Originally recorded for an album by Count Basie and his Orchestra in 1960, the music is the pinnacle of the Kansas City sound.
About Colin Skinner
World renowned as a lead saxophonist, Colin plays with all the major Big Bands in the UK including the Glenn Miller and Syd Lawrence Orchestras, BBC Big Band, Echoes of Ellington, Back to Basie and his own award winning band the Skelton Skinner All Stars.
Colin studied bassoon at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow before moving to London to study at the Trinity College of Music, playing saxophone with the Jazz Orchestra directed by Bobby Lamb.
In 1987 he joined the Glenn Miller Orchestra (UK) as lead Alto, a post he held for 8 years. Colin has played with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the B.B.C. Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded with the BBC Big Band under the direction of the legendary Billy May, and worked with artists such as Tony Bennett, Ray Charles and Dame Shirley Bassey.
In the West End Colin has been a member of the orchestra in the shows Company, Damn Yankees, Chicago, Anything Goes, Acorn Antiques and most recently, Sinatra.
Colin plays lead Alto with Echoes of Ellington and Back to Basie and leads his own big band, Skelton Skinner All Stars. He writes and arranges for all the major Big Bands in the UK including the Glenn Miller and Syd Lawrence Orchestras, BBC Big Band, Echoes of Ellington, Back to Basie and his own award winning band the Skelton Skinner All Stars. His arrangements can be heard on Kevin Spacey's Bobby Darin Biopic 'Beyond The Sea' and on countless albums including those of The John Wilson Orchestra.
Silk Street Music Hall