Let It Be Told: Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra
“The indomitably cheerful spirit of South African jazz is revived here…a music explosion. In all, it’s a joy.”
Birmingham born saxophonist, composer, band leader and educator Julian Argüelles now has an international reputation for both his playing and his powerful writing. LET IT BE TOLD is his tribute to South Africa's world-jazz impact, and highlights his gifts as an arranger.
Tonight Julian is featured soloist and director of Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra and graduating students' small bands. The evening will feature a selection of Argüelles’s arrangements of mainly Blue Notes material emanating from the influential group of South African musicians who left the Apartheidaddled
South Africa of the 1960s to express themselves freely and live more normal lives in Europe including; Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Chris McGregor, Abdullah Ibrahim, Johnny Dyan and Miriam Makeba.
The award-winning CD of this project was released to wide critical acclaim in 2015 and subsequently received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best CD in 2016.