Thursday, February 07, 2008

News from Scott-land

Drummer Stuart Brown of Glasgow has been woodshedding a Raymond Scott-styled combo. He now informs us they'll give their first performance of Scott material on 8th February 2008 at The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.

"We'll do a short 20-minute set during the interval of a
concert by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, in which they'll perform material from various cartoons and animated movies," said Brown. "We'll be a six-piece, with the same instrumentation as the original Quintette. We did our first ever rehearsal yesterday and got together six charts: Powerhouse, The Penguin, Boy Scout in Switzerland, In an 18th Century Drawing Room, Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals, and Twilight in Turkey. Amazingly the guys all nailed it in the first rehearsal!

"We will also play a set at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival in June 2008 (possibly in a recently re-opened vintage musical hall where Laurel & Hardy did their early live shows!). A friend who is a professional award winning animator is going to put together some visuals to be shown during the performances."

Update 1: Stuart has posted rehearsal takes on a myspace page.

Update 2: Original Jan. 25 post has been re-dated Feb. 7 to publicize the concert, which takes place tomorrow.

Update 3: Video clips from the concert.

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