Guildhall Jazz Orchestra with Jim McNeely
Jazz, Concert, Milton Court
Guildhall Jazz Orchestra
Scott Stroman director
Jim McNeely director & piano
Jim McNeely Paul Klee Suite
Jim McNeely joins Scott Stroman to direct Guildhall Jazz Orchestra in a performance of McNeely’s Paul Klee Suite.
Originally written for the Swiss Jazz Orchestra and inspired by the paintings of Klee, the Paul Klee Suite stands for McNeely’s open-mindedness and receptiveness to a variety of art forms. This endlessly fascinating work also reveals some of Klee’s musical background, his own concern with polyphony and rhythm in his work.
Jim McNeely was born in Chicago. In 1975, having received a BMus in composition from the University of Illinois, he moved to New York City. In 1978 he joined the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. He spent six years as a featured soloist with that band and its successor, Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra (now The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra). 1981 saw the beginning of Jim’s four-year tenure as pianist/composer with the Stan Getz Quartet. From 1990 until 1995 he held the piano chair in the Phil Woods Quintet. At the present time, he leads his own tentet, his own trio, and he appears as soloist at concerts and festivals worldwide.
£15 (£5 concessions). Priority booking from Monday 29 November, general sale from Monday 6 December.
A recording of this concert will be available to watch online for free after the performance. Broadcast dates to be announced in January 2022.
Milton Court Concert Hall