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"This session legend, and one-time Jeff Beck cohort, has humbed his golden address book to assemble a sextet

of undoubted virtuosity.”

- Andy Rawll,

Record Collector

“This is whatever the opposite of 'unwatchable' is.”

- Ken Appleby,

Pindrop Events

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Sunday, September 25th, 2022

Mo Foster & Friends:

Music of The Great Jazz Composers

(Rescheduled from Sunday, November 15th, 2020)

Tickets for the original date are valid for the new one. Ticket holders requiring refunds should contact the Box Office via ticketing@colchesterartscentre.com

"The variety of moods and nuances in this concert is simply astonishing – it’s surely one the best jazz albums of 2021 and a vital addition to Mo Foster’s five-decade-long recording history," wrote Let It Rock of the ace bassist's In Concert CD.

 

Our second artist performing as part of 2022's Roman River Festival is Mo Foster, who has assembled six of the UK’s most sought-after musicians for an exciting new project, celebrating the music of major jazz composers.

 

These include Gil Evans, Michael Gibbs, George Gershwin, John Lewis, Jaco Pastorius, Eddie Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Carla Bley, Jimi Hendrix and Charles Mingus, and material spanningsuch as Freedom Jazz Dance, Gone Gone Gone, Footprints, Sing Me Softly Of The Blues, Little Wing and Django - plus some original compositions.

 

After forming seminal 70s prog jazz/rock group Affinity (managed by the late Ronnie Scott), Mo's career developed into one of the most prestigious of any contemporary bass guitar player, one which has seen him work with Jeff Beck, Gil Evans, Phil Collins, Gerry Rafferty, Van Morrison and the London Symphony Orchestra, while simultaneously establishing himself as a much sought-after and highly respected session musician, record producer, composer, solo artist and author.

Mo has been a fan of Gil Evans’s music since the mid-60s, when he first heard his masterful collaborations with Miles DavisMiles Ahead, Porgy And Bess, and Sketches Of Spain.

 

In 1983, Mo was invited to tour with the Gil Evans British Orchestra, which consisted mainly of luminaries from the UK jazz scene, including John Surman, Henry Lowther, Stan Sulzman, Ray Russell, John Taylor and John Marshall.


Gil's sound world left such a lasting impression, that when he assembled this new band, the sound Mo was aiming for was 'Gil Evans in Miniature': structured, with beautiful harmonies and melodies, and with room for great solos.

 

In Jim Watson, Chris Biscoe, Nic France, Ray Russell and Corrina Silvester, Mo has selected some of this country's finest jazz soloists, who between them have worked, toured and recorded with Manu Katche, Peter Gabriel, Katie Melua, StingPatti AustinLalo Shifrin, George Russell, Bill Withers, Mose Allison and Yazz Ahmed.

Mo Foster (Bass Guitar), Chris Biscoe (Reeds), Jim Watson (Keyboards), Ray Russell (Electric Guitar), Nic France (Drums), Corinne Silvester (Percussion).

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Beautiful textures

and dynamics.

Your playing puts

the rest of us to

shame as usual. . . .”

- Joel McIver,

Bass Guitar

Magazine

“A tonic for the spirit - music like that

should be bottled

and made available on the NHS."

- Chris Mills, PPL

Tickets: £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fee)

Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm