The Scott Willcox 10-Piece Big Band

Progress Theatre in Reading

Friday 20th September 2019

7:30pm til 10:00pm

No age restrictions

Scott Willcox ...Challenging, highly original, a sheer joy ... a big band experience with a difference

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The Scott Willcox 10-Piece Big Band on Friday 20th September 2019

The Scott Willcox 10-Piece Big Band

7.30 | Friday 20 September

Tickets: £17 (£15.00 concessions) plus max 5% booking fee from

Scott Willcox leading: Gabriel Garrick, Andy Gibson trumpets; Martin Gladdish trombone; Chris Biscoe, Bob McKay, Julian Costello, Pete Hurt saxophones; Dave Frankel keyboard; Andy Cleyndert bass; Gary Willcox drums

Scott Willcox makes a welcome return to Jazz at Progress with his 10-Piece Big Band comprising an all-star line-up of outstanding players, many of whom will be familiar to Progress audiences.

Scott, a classically trained composer and Fellow of Trinity College of Music, is a real power of musical and dramatic expression. His writing is subtly arranged, rich in musical colour, full of vibrant, sometimes startling rhythms and changing time-signatures, and often deeply moving.

In his 3-star Jazz Journal review of the band’s recent album ‘All Change’, which features several tracks with star vocalist Georgia Mancio, John Adcock wrote, ‘The opener ‘Bouncing Back’ is in 5/4, but sounds nothing like ‘Take Five’, showing what an imaginative arranger can do with any material’.

Writing in Cross Rhythms Lins Honeyman commented, ‘Willcox and his band are at their best when pushing the experimental boat out and the likes of the driving ‘Can't Complain’ - featuring an impressive recording debut from Gabriel Garrick on trombone - and the fascinatingly abstract ‘Mixed Feelings’ highlight the band's sheer talent and willingness to take a chance musically … a captivating offering from Mr Willcox and his talented associates.’

Challenging, highly original, a sheer joy … a big band experience with a difference, Scott’s music has been likened to a meeting between Stravinsky and George Russell.

Andrew Cartmel, author of the hilarious and enthralling ‘Vinyl Detective’ series of novels described the band as being ‘reminiscent of a skilful Mingus traffic jam’. Enjoy!

Music Genres: 

Acoustic, Big Band, Jazz

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