The Chris Coull Big Band’s tribute to Duke Ellington at Ropetackle Arts Centre.

Date: Thursday, April 6, 2023
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
Gigs | The Re-Birth Octet

Trumpeter and band leader Chris Coull leads his octet full of inspired be-bopper shining in every position. From UK horn stars Andy Panayi (reeds) and Gabriel Garrick (trumpet) to the hard swinging rhythm section of Peter Cater (drums) Terry Seabrook (piano) and Dan Sheppard on bass the swash buckling style let’s fly with aplomb. The cherry on the cake is Lucy Pickering on vocals.

The “Tribute to the Duke” project has been several years in the making; Chris has faithfully transcribed original 20’s, 30’s and 40’s Ellington gems into a distilled selection of tunes arranged for this four horn front line, to create a fitting musical eulogy to the great man.

Expect a chronological, informed and sophisticated journey from Duke’s beginnings at the Cotton Club through to the popular war time hits and collaborations with Billy Strayhorn. The band manages to revel in Ellington’s distinctive harmonic and melodic personality whilst giving freedom of expression to the many and notable UK jazz starts that make of the band.