A Journey with the Giants of Jazz
with the Nu Civilisation Orchestra
Pianist, composer and bandleader and nominee for the 2015 Jazz FM Breakthrough Artist Awards, Peter Edwards, looks into the year 1917, which was a defining year for jazz. It saw the births of some of the most influential jazz artists including composer ‘Tadd’ Dameron, singer Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Buddy Rich and percussionist Mongo Santamaria. Taking inspiration from the motifs found in six of the artists’ classic works, Peter Edwards’ piece deconstructs their themes to offer the audience a re-imagined and alternative musical experience.
A Journey with the Giants of Jazz, commissioned by Turner Sims Southampton.
About Peter Edwards
Peter Edwards is a pianist, composer and music director whose 'guileless, soulful music ... [is] full of emphatic chording, Latin grooves and romantic, cinematic themes' (Guardian). He is the 2015 Parliamentary Jazz Awards 'Newcomer of the year' and was among the nominees for the 2015 Jazz FM 'Breakthrough Artist' award. He works with acclaimed artists Mica Paris and Zara McFarlane, directs the Nu Civilisation Orchestra.
The performance of A Journey with the Giants of Jazz was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 11 July 2017 and is available as a download in MP3 and FLAC 16 from 20 July 2017.