Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Remembering Ella Fitzgerald; Laura Jurd at Wigmore Hall; Amphion Consort at Heath Street church; a flugelhorn first; Cello suites at St Pancras church
13 July, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor
Soprano Tina May celebrates Ella Fitzgerald at Foyles. Photo:www.tinamay.com
The centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth is being marked at Foyles on Friday (July 14) by singer Tina May, saxophonist Frank Griffith and pianist Martin Litton. It should be a super set. Tina May is an internationally recognised performer, having sung with the likes of Kenny Clarke and Ray Bryant – and she sang at the Ellington Sacred concert at Durham Cathedral with the Stan Tracey Band.
Ella & her friends: Tina May, Auditorium, Level l6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2, 6.30pm, £5/but reserve tickets through firstname.lastname@example.org
• Award-winning trumpeter, composer and band leader Laura Jurd is playing with her Dinosaur band at Wigmore Hall late on Friday evening (July 14). Other band members are Elliot Galvin, keyboards; Conor Chaplin bass; and Corrie Dick, drums/percussion. Jazz again at WH next Thursday evening (July 20) when pianist Vijay Iyer is playing with his pioneering trio.
Wigmore Hall, 10pm, £15, 020 7935 2141, www.wigmore-hall.org.uk
• The Amphion Consort – Jennifer Bennett on baroque violin and Yair Avidor on theorbo – are at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, on Tuesday lunchtime (July 18). Being played are toccatas by Kaspeger and Piccinin and violin sonatas by Pandolf Meall and Biber.
Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, 1pm, free
• The world’s first carbon fibre flugelhorn is being played at a workshop, demo and gig by multi-brassman Quentin Collins at Spice of Life, Soho, on Wednesday (July 19).
Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus, Soho. Workshop 4-6pm/demo 7-8pm/gig 8-11pm: all-inclusive ticket £15, 020 7437 7013, www.spiceoflifesoho.com
• A highly unusual, but probably exciting, cello recital is taking place at St Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road, next Thursday lunchtime (July 20). Cellist Jacqueline Philips and electric guitarist Sam Russell are playing Bach’s first and second cello suites and the Bottermund/Starker variations on a theme of Paganini .
St Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road, NW1, 1.15pm, free