Preview: Matt Skelton & Colin Skinner All Stars featuring Anthony Kerr


The Matt Skelton & Colin Skinner All Stars featuring Anthony Kerr.
(Ronnie Scotts, Sunday 31st January, 7.30pm. Preview by Fran Hardcastle. Photo of Matt Skelton by David Sinclair)


Sunday will see a rare London performance from a big band much lauded by fellow musicians. Drummer Matt Skelton of the John Wilson Orchestra, and Back to Basie Orchestra teams up with colleague and Syd Lawrence Orchestra lead alto, Colin Skinner, to create a big band modeled on vibe player Terry Gibbs’ Dream Band.

Skelton and Skinner have hand picked some of the most in demand big band players in the country. Mike Lovatt leads the trumpets, with Gordon Cambell and Andy Wood in the trombone section and Skinner leading the saxes alongside Mark Crooks. Amongst them, they’ve performed with every leading big band on the British Isles.

British Jazz Award winning, popular vibes player Anthony Kerr, known for notable appearances with the BBC Big Band, joins in Gibbs’ chair .

Expect slick, effortless ensemble work. Interpretations of much loved Gibbs charts that will invigorate your Sunday big band ears. Plus soloists more effervescent than alka seltzer.

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