PHOTOS: Skelton Skinner All-Star Septet The Odd Couple album launch at UWL in Ealing

Matt Skelton
Photo credit: Monika S Jakubowska/ MSJ Photography

Photographer Monika S. Jakubowska has come back with a stunning set of photos from the launch of "The Odd Couple" (Diving Duck) , a new CD by the Skelton Skinner All Star Septet - their first CD was for big band -  at the Lawrence Hall of the University of West London in Ealing on Monday April 10th 2017.

The launch gig marked  a return to the same room where the new album was recorded in October 2016. The septet consists of the section leaders from Skelton and Skinner Big Band:  Mike Lovatt (trumpet) Colin Skinner (alto sax/arranger) Alan Barnes (tenor and baritone sax), Gordon Campbell (trombone), Rob Barron (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Matt Skelton (drums).

 Each of the players chose a tune, and Colin Skinner - who  takes his inspiration from great arrangers such as Billy May, Bill Holman and Marty Paich -  arranged the tunes to put a spotlight on each of the soloists in turn.

The Skelton Skinner All Star septet can be heard at the Swansea Jazz Festival on Saturday 17th June and on 27th June in London "a kind of party for us - and the jazz community" as Skelton describes it, at Pizza Express Dean Street. Links below....


L-R: Alan Barnes, Colin Skinner, Mike Lovatt, Gordon Campbell
Photo credit: Monika S Jakubowska/ MSJ Photography


Alan Barnes
Photo credit: Monika S Jakubowska/ MSJ Photography


Mike Lovatt
Photo credit: Monika S Jakubowska/ MSJ Photography


Jeremy Brown
Photo credit: Monika S Jakubowska/ MSJ Photography

Rob Barron
Photo credit: Monika S Jakubowska/ MSJ Photography


Acknowledging the applause at the end
Photo credit: Monika S Jakubowska/ MSJ Photography

LINKS: Diving Duck Records 

Swansea Jazz Festival
Pizza Express Link to follow

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