Calling all amateur saxophonists – Replay Project big band playing Love Supreme Festival

Written by  on April 18, 2016

Calling all saxophonists, trombonists and trumpeters!

Music for All charity is supporting…here is the update….

The deadline for lapsed and amateur saxophonists, trombonists and trumpeters to apply to be part of the Replay Project big band playing Love Supreme Festival has been extended to 21 April 2016. Those chosen to be part of the band will be professionally coached by Pete Long, Director of the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, in a series of rehearsals taking place in Central London in May and June.

The brilliance of the 2015 Replay Project big band has inspired some high profile supporters to become patrons including musicians Jamie Cullum, Jools Holland and Julian Joseph along with comedian, TV presenter and a lapsed musician himself, Alexander Armstrong.
Jamie Cullum commented, “If making music is your hobby, the Replay Project allows you to discover and rediscover the joys of being in a band. So, lapsed musicians pick up your instruments, get playing”.

To be part of this amazing experience, just dust off your sax, trombone or trumpet, download the audition piece and submit a short audition and application. Yamaha, Jazz FM and Love Supreme will judge all entries and select this year’s Replay Project players.

To hear from Jamie, Jools, Julian and Alexander and for full details of how to enter go to

About Love Supreme
Since its inception in 2013, the Love Supreme Jazz Festival has established itself as one of the most unique, varied and innovative musical events in the UK. It returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex this July with a truly world-class programme that boasts some of the leading lights in contemporary jazz, soul, and R&B including Grace Jones, Burt Bacharach, Caro Emerald, Melody Gardot and Kamasi Washington.

For further information, please contact:

Clara Eisenberg: 020 33977244 or

David Jones:

YolanDa Brown playing the second ever Gospel Prom on 19 July.

Written by  on April 18, 2016

Get ready for the Proms

The line-up for the 2016 Proms festival was announced last week, and BBC Radio 3’s In Tune has been helping fans get in the mood with a series of live sessions previewing the season.

First up is saxophonist YolanDa Brown, performing Massaganna by The Abyssinians. Brown will be performing at the second ever Gospel Prom on 19 July.

RIP “Gato” Barbieri

Written by  on April 15, 2016

Jazz star Gato Barbieri

Latin Jazz saxophonist Leandro “Gato” Barbieri, who composed the Grammy-winning music for the steamy Marlon Brando film “Last Tango in Paris” and recorded dozens of albums over a career spanning more than seven decades, has died at age 83.

“Music was a mystery to Gato, and each time he played was a new experience for him, and he wanted it to be that way for his audience,” “He was honored for all the years he had a chance to bring his music all around the world.”

The Argentine-born musician recorded some 35 albums between 1967 and 1982, when he stopped consistently making new records. He toured regularly and went on to record four more albums, including 1997’s smooth jazz “Que Pasa,” which reached No. 2 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz charts.

Though in poor health, Barbieri, still sporting his trademark black fedora hat, had been performing monthly at the Blue Note jazz club in New York, since 2013. He last performed at the club on Nov. 23.

Last year, Barbieri received a Latin Grammy lifetime achievement award for a career that covered “virtually the entire jazz landscape.”

The citation from the Latin Recording Academy credited Barbieri with creating “a rebellious but highly accessible musical style, combining contemporary jazz with Latin American genres and incorporating elements of instrumental pop.”


Barbieri won a Grammy for best instrumental composition in 1973 for his music for “Last Tango In Paris,” the controversial erotic drama starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider that earned two Oscar nominations.

When director Bernardo Bertolucci needed sexy music for “Last Tango,” he turned to Barbieri who was known for his distinctive, sensuous, huge-toned tenor sax sound.

“It was like a marriage between the film and the music,” said Barbieri of the soundtrack that made him an international star, in a 1997 interview with The Associated Press. “Bernardo told me, ‘I don’t want the music to be too much Hollywood or too much European, which is more intellectual. I want a median.'”

Barbieri said tango had a special appeal because it is deeply tied to his Argentine soul.

“Always in the tango is tragedy – she leaves him, she kills him. It’s like an opera but it’s called tango,” Barbieri said in 1997, noting that half of Argentinians, including him, had roots in Italy. “The lyrics and the melodies are very beautiful. It’s very sensual.”