Saturday 18th May 2013
Perth Concert Hall
The Incredible Sound of Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton was one of jazz’s great visionaries who lived his theme song, Artistry in Rhythm, to the full throughout his forty-year career as a bandleader. He introduced French horns, Latin American and European classical influences to the jazz big band palette in a search for ever bigger sounds and ever more vivid orchestral colours. SNJO’s tribute to Kenton will celebrate the power and contrasts in his vast repertoire, featuring classics like Intermission Riff, Fascinating Rhythm, Love for Sale, I've Got You Under My Skin and the Peanut Vendor, ranging from the reflective to the riotously expressive and always richly swinging.
Formed in 1995, under the tirelessly committed and confident direction of saxophonist Tommy Smith, SNJO has developed into a world class ensemble capable of playing the classic big band music of Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Kenton and Herman with tremendous style and authority.
Celebrations of jazz masters from Mingus, Monk, Miles and Coltrane through to Wayne Shorter, Oliver Nelson, Chick Corea, Ray Charles and Pat Metheny have underlined the orchestra’s ease of mobility across the broader jazz canon. And commissioning and creating bold and ambitious new work such as the visionary English composer Keith Tippett’s Autumn and Smith’s own World of the Gods, the world’s first collaboration between jazz big band and Japanese taiko drumming, have confirmed SNJO’s determination to continue jazz’s spirit of adventure.