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Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra

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In this episode, Gerry presents a recorded concert from the 1998 Le Mans Jazz Festival in France, performing Tippett's First Weaving.

The Tapestry Orchestra is a 21 piece international, pan-generational jazz ensemble featuring an extraordinary heavyweight gathering of British and European improvisers - including Elton Dean, Julie Tippetts, Paul Rogers, Louis Moholo, Pino Minafra, Gianluigi Trovesi and a 'Three Tenors' section with Paul Dunmall, Simon Picard and Larry Stabbins.

This exhilarating 90 minute concert was recently released on CD and Jazz Up Late will feature all of the seven Threads that make up the complex and elaborate First Weaving, commissioned by the BBC in 1997.

Musicians featured on the seven Threads:

First Thread
Duet: Lee Goodall (alto sax) and Simon Picard (ten sax)
Duet: Gethin Liddington (tpt) and Malcolm Griffiths (trom)

Second Thread
Solo: Maggie Nichols (voice)

Third Thread
Tenor Saxophone Trio: Paul Dunmall, Simon Picard and Larry Stabbins
Solo: Elton Dean (alto sax)

Fourth Thread
Sextet: Paul Dunmall (bagpipes), Larry Stabbins (sopr sax), Dave Amis (trom), Jim Dvorak (tpt), Oren Marshall (tuba) and Paul Rogers (dbl b)
Duet: Marc Charig (corn) and Paul Rutherford (trom)
Solo: Gianluigi Trovesi (alto sax

Fifth Thread
Solo: Julie Tippetts (voice)
Voice Trio: Julie Tippetts, Maggie Nichols and Vivien Ellis

Sixth Thread
Duet: Oren Marshall (tuba) and Vivien Ellis (voice)
Solo: Pino Minafra (tpt and megaphone)
Quartet: Malcolm Griffiths, Dave Amis, Paul Rutherford (trom) and Oren Marshall (tuba)

Seventh Thread
Quartet: Gethin Liddington, Pino Minafra, Jim Dvorak (tpt) and Marc Charig (corn)

(Summer repeat program, first broadcast 4/6/10)

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Jan 18, 2013. 10:30pm - Jan 19, 2013. 12:30am

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Keith Tippett (born Keith Graham Tippetts; 25 August 1947) is a British jazz pianist and composer. Early life: Tippett was born in Bristol. The son of a local police officer, Tippett went to Greenway Boys Secondary Modern school in Southmead, Bristol. He formed his first jazz band called The KT7 whilst still at school and they performed numbers popular at the time by The Temperance Seven....

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On Feb 18, 2013. 2:57pm
ABC Jazz said

Thanks for your comments Chris!

On Feb 17, 2013. 10:59am

What a feast of creativity, joyful to hear Elton and Paul R etc..., gems, lost and many Brits don't even realise what fabulous musicians are featured here..thank you ABC for showing the BBC the way forward.. too much celeb nonsense on the radio sadly. Lovely to discover this.

Chris Caldwell (Delta Sax Quartet)

On Feb 17, 2013. 10:42am
Anonymous said

What a festival of creativity, KT, Paul Dunmall, the fabulous Elton, Paul Rutherford... I yearn for this freedom in music still... great that you are still presenting this. Thank you. Chris Caldwell (Delta Saxophone Quartet)

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