Lewes Big Band - Jazz Planets


Saturday 20th August 2022    
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Lewes Big Band Presents: Pete Long’s “Jazz Planets”

Bar from 10:00am. Doors 6:30pm. Show 7:00 to approx 9:00pm

Tickets £12 (conc £8) www.ticketsource.co.uk or Con Club bar.

Join the Lewes Big Band for an extraterrestrial journey as they perform Pete Long’s Jazz Planets in addition to some of the biggest and best Big Band hits by Duke Ellington, Count Basie and more!

Gustav Holst and Pete Long, two musical legends, have merged together to create an out-of-this world fusion of Classical and Jazz. Following on from Duke Ellington’s success in merging Classical and Jazz with his works of Nutcracker and Peer Gynt, Pete Long’s re-imagination of Holst’s Planet Suite (1918), Jazz Planets, is set to become a classic of our time.

The Lewes Big Band was formed in 2019 as the Lewes Youth Band, since then they have gone on to play at Glyndebourne Opera House, Con Club Lewes and All Saints Lewes. The Lewes Big Band’s musicians include graduates or current students across many of the UK’s leading music institutions such as; Royal College of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Leeds Conservatoire and BIMM.

Popular sax player Pete Long is the musical director of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, and for the last thirty years he has been researching and re-creating the music of Duke Ellington. Whilst driving in his car, “Venus” from the Planets Suite by Holst came on the radio. It suddenly struck him how Ellingtonian the curves of the melody were, and how Holst’s warped, flowing harmonic symmetry was so redolent of that of Ellington’s composing partner, Billy Strayhorn.

* For your chance to sponsor a seat in the Lewes Big Band, please select ‘Sponsor a seat’ whilst selecting your ticket type. For prices starting from £50, you will be entitled to two tickets, your name in the programmeand access to a rehearsal on the 19th August. *

More information about the Jazz Planets can be found at: https://www.jazzplanets.com

More information about the Lewes Music Group Can be found at: lewesmusicgroup.com

The Lewes Music Group would like to thank the Con Club Lewes, OSO Arts Centre and the Lewes Town Council for their continued support. A special thanks goes to Pete Long who will be mentoring the Lewes Big Band throughout their rehearsals preparing the Jazz Planets.’