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Between them Stan Tracey and Keith Tippett have won countless awards and worked with an eclectic array of artists including Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, King Crimson and the Elysian Quartet. This will be a rare opportunity to hear two idiosyncratic jazz giants transform the De La Warr stage into an orchestra of the imagination.
Stan Tracey is an outstanding figure in the jazz world. His distinguished career has spanned six decades of flourishing creativity. He has been a highly influential and stimulating musical voice, not only to his peers, but to each successive generation of musicians with whom he has worked.
Throughout his career, Stan Tracey has been a prolific composer, writing over twenty commissions and the music for forty of his own albums. His first major work ‘Under Milk Wood’ inspired by Dylan Thomas’ radio play of the same title, is widely recognised as a masterpiece. A number of suites for big bands have followed, as well as works for his octet, sextet, and quartet.
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For over thirty years Keith Tippett has been at the forefront of contemporary European jazz and new music – as a pianist, composer, bandleader, band member and musical educator. Tippett’s work ranges from his unique free improvisation as a solo pianist and with duos and small groups such as the quartet Mujician, to compositions for, and performances with, contemporary classical groups (including the Composers’ Ensemble, Kokoro and the Kreutzer and Elysian String Quartets).
Keith continues to perform in many ensembles as well as solo and in duo with Julie Tippetts throughout the World.
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