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Mike Gibbs 80th Birthday Celebration with the Hans Koller 17 piece Big Band
This is undoubtedly a coup for the festival. Internationally respected Mike Gibbs - composer, arranger and trombonist - has worked with many music luminaries, including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel and Bill Frisell. His pulsating compositions blend the colours of Africa, Charles Ives, Messaien and rock into a unique jazz style.
The 17-piece Big Band reads like a Who’s Who of jazz stars. John Fordham of the Guardian wrote about leader Hans Koller’s music: ‘the most expansive, expressive and exciting new jazz orchestral sound to have emerged in this country since the late-lamented Loose Tubes.’