“Near Horizons” is a brand new six-movement composition by Ed Puddick for string quartet, jazz piano and bass. This work fuses jazz and classical styles to produce a unique sound world, where improvisation meets composition. The influences behind each movement are rooted in Ed’s experiences growing up in north east Essex with Colchester featuring in many early memories and important events.
Summer 2015 is hotting up with two performances of Ed Puddick’s music in the North West of England.
First, on Sunday 21st June at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, the massed choirs of the Greater Manchester Music Hub will be joined by the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra to perform Ed’s epic World War One Centenary work “Secret Music”. This piece was first performed in the Royal Albert Hall on Armistice Day 2014. For more information and tickets please visit the Bridgewater Hall website.
Less than a month later, the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra will be premiering “Million Dollar Bill” in their concert as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. Ed has written several charts for this high-achieving big band, of which this Billy Strayhorn tribute is probably the most challenging. David Little will conduct the performance which will also include Clifford Brown and Stand Getz tributes “with strings” featuring Paul Booth (tenor sax) and Ryan Quigley (trumpet). For full details please visit the Wigan International Jazz Festival website.
Later in the year another major work by Ed Puddick (this time for string quintet and jazz piano) will receive it’s premiere. This performance will be at the Colchester Arts Centre in October. More details will follow soon so please keep visiting the website and facebook page.
On Tuesday November 11th Ed Puddick will attend the Royal Albert Hall to hear the premiere performance of his new composition “Secret Music”, written to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. 550 children from the Greater Manchester Music Hub will be joined by some of the Northwest’s finest young jazz musicians to play this ground-breaking work for Jazz Orchestra and Children’s Choir. For full details and for links to RAH box office please visit http://www.mfy.org.uk/SPMassedEnsembles/GreaterManchesterMusicHub
On Thursday 13th November 2014, Ed Puddick is directing the GSMD Jazz Composer’s Ensemble in a performance of music written by staff at the school. As well as brand new compositions by Ed, there will be music from the pens of Malcolm Miles, Stuart Hall, Robbie Robson and many more of their esteemed colleagues, all performed by students currently studying at the school. For more information on this unique performance please visit the event website by clicking here.
On November 11th, 2014, a new work by Ed Puddick will be performed by more than 550 children from the Greater Manchester Music Hub as part of the Music For Youth SCHOOL PROMS. The Royal Albert Hall will be the venue for this world premiere of “Secret Music” – a 13 minute piece for Jazz Orchestra and Choir, based on the poem of the same name by war poet Siegfried Sassoon. It will be the main feature of the evening’s performance which will include young musicians from all over the UK. Tickets are on sale now so please visit the MFY website for full details.
British trumpet legend Noel Langley has recently launched his new website and proudly lists the Ed Puddick Big Band amongst the star-studded list of artists he has worked with. Noel has been a regular member of Ed’s big band for many years and features on the 2010 album Guys & Dolls which is available from this site. Ed looks forward to working with Noel even more in the future and wishes him the best of luck with his beautiful new album ‘Edentide‘.
Now on SoundCloud are five tracks recorded live at The Gunnersbury Arms in Chiswick, west London on November 24th 2013. These tracks were amongst the highlights of a very enjoyable gig for everyone present. Visit Ed’s SoundCloud page to hear these pieces in full, as played by the Ed Puddick Big Band featuring Sam Bullard (alto), Tommy Andrews (tenor), Colin Mills (bari), Noel Langley (trumpet), Nick Smart (flugel), Jimmy Adams (trombone), Chris Allard (guitar) and Ryan Trebilcock (bass).
Claire Teal, presenter of BBC Radio 2 Big Band Special chose “Take Back Your Mink” from the Ed Puddick Big Band album ‘Guys & Dolls’ as one of the tracks featured in her programme, which was broadcast on Sunday 17th November. For a limited time the episode can be heard by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03hmllg. Claire plays the track after the ‘diary’ section of the show (approx. 1h 55m) during which she reminds her listeners of the forthcoming Ed Puddick Big Band performance at the Gunnersbury Arms in Chiswick, at 12.30pm on Sunday 24th November. For more details on this and other forthcoming performances please visit the events page.
On Sunday 24th November the Ed Puddick Big Band will be making their debut at the Gunnersbury Tavern in Chiswick, London, W4 5RP. This is the newest jazz venue in London and has hosted many of the finest bands in the UK since opening earlier in 2013. The music starts at 12.30 and there is fantastic pub food available from the bar. Admission is £10, a bargain for two hours of the best big band music in town. Visit the website for full details of all the Sunday Jazz events at this fantastic new venue.