Gig Details

Friday 23 November. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Concessions £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 18 year olds £3, Under 15s Free.

Advance tickets available from at the same net price as on the door.

Saxophones: Martin Hathaway, Matt Sulzmann, Josh Arcoleo, Pete Hurt, James Allsopp; Trumpets: Tom Walsh , Noel Langley, Henry Lowther , James Copus; Trombones: Mark Nightingale, Gordon Campbell, Mark Bassey, Sarah Williams; Piano: Nikki Iles; Vibes: Jonny Mansfield; Guitar: Alex Munk; Bass: Dave Whitford; Drums: Tim Giles; Conductor: Nick Smart.

Sheffield Jazz is delighted to have the opportunity to host this gig by a fabulous 20-piece big band led by Stan Sulzmann and comprising the cream of the younger generation of British jazz musicians alongside well-established figures. Neon Orchestra’s 70th Birthday Tour celebrates both new music and the best of British composers and it is a rare chance to see one of the most original and exciting big bands working anywhere in Europe.

PLEASE NOTE that Stan Sulzmann will be talking about the project/music/himself, as well as fielding questions from the audience,  from about 19.30.

Stan Sulzmann, whose CV reads like a who’s who of jazz including work with the likes of Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Marc Copeland and Gil Evans, is a brilliant saxophonist with an instantly recognisable sound. Stan has been a hugely influential figure at the forefront of British Jazz for nearly 50 years, and in November 2018 he will be celebrating his 70th Birthday by touring major UK jazz venues with his acclaimed cross-generational Neon Orchestra.

Widely regarded as one of the truly original jazz voices as both a composer and an improviser, Stan has been at the vanguard of every significant development of the music since the 1960’s. Alongside his famous collaborations with the likes of Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor, Stan has inspired countless members of the new jazz generation.

Commanding an enormous amount of respect not only for his great playing but also his compositional originality he is today bringing in his remarkable 20-piece Big Band which, not surprisingly, boasts some of the finest players in the UK.

Neon Orchestra, conducted by Nick Smart, features an exciting array of talent from the British jazz scene, from veterans like Henry Lowther and Pete Hurt, to young stars of the scene Josh Arcoleo and his son, Matthew Sulzmann. Other regular members include Nikki Iles, Mark Nightingale, James Allsop and Tim Giles. The band has already performed across the country, including sell-out performances at London and Manchester Jazz Festivals. For this unique celebratory tour, which promises to be one of the musical highlights of the jazz calendar, Sulzmann has composed new works and arranged pieces by some of his long time musical colleagues; including Iain Ballamy, John Taylor, Mike Walker, Gwilym Simcock, Nikki Iles and Kenny Wheeler.

‘Ravishing, delicious, powerful and direct…meticulously written, sometimes echoing the imaginative and much missed orchestra of Michael Gibbs’ The Guardian

 ‘Sulzmann – the classy composer’ John Fordham

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