2017 marks the centenary of one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time – Thelonious Monk. Born in North Carolina in 1917, Monk became known as a pioneering jazz pianist with a unique style and gained recognition as a highly respected jazz composer, perhaps second only to Duke Ellington.
This year the Ed Puddick Big Band present their own tribute to Monk in a new project called ‘Only Thelonious’. Band-leader Ed Puddick has created innovative new arrangements of 18 of Monk’s most well-known compositions, including “Panonica”, “I Mean You”, “Ruby, My Dear”, “Round Midnight”, “Well You Needn’t” and “In Walked Bud”.
Ed’s composition “The Twisted Wheel” has been included on the latest CD release from the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, featuring US saxophone superstar Eric Marienthal. Recorded live in front of a packed house at the 2016 Wigan International Jazz Festival, this young big band provide superb backing for Marienthal, who is best known for being a member of Chick Corea’s Grammy Award winning ‘Elektric Band’ and for playing lead alto in Gordon Goodwin’s ‘Big Phat Band’.
The sheet music for this unique composition is now available to buy exclusively here at edpuddick.com
It’s that time f year again and many big band across the country will be preparing for wintery rehearsals and festive concerts. Why not brighten up those dark evenings with some new music from Ed Puddick. Today there are four brand new Christmassy big band arrangements on www.edpuddick.com available for you to download right now.
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – A ‘Sing, Sing, Sing’ style swinger
“Jingle Bells” – A swing shuffle chart with open 12-bar blues solos
“Sleigh Ride” – A challenging chart based on Charlie Christian’s ‘Seven Come Eleven’ featuring guitar and clarinet
“Sussex Carol” – A new swinging take on an ancient carol, featuring a saxophone soli
There is a new facebook page that is dedicated to the compositional and arranging work of Ed Puddick. This will be the first point of contact for many social network users with Ed’s prolific output and is designed to bring Ed closer to his audiences and potential collaborators. If you would like to visit the new page just click here. Don’t forget to click ‘like’, leave a post and share with your friends!
Ed Puddick leads a group of students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to accompany three silent films by Charlie Chaplin. This family friendly show starts at 3pm on Sunday 6th December, 2015.
Ed Puddick will be appearing with his BASCA colleagues at this London Jazz Festival event at The Forge.
3pm on Monday 16th November, 2015. Admission is free.
“Near Horizons” is a brand new six-movement composition by Ed Puddick for string quartet, jazz piano and bass. This work fuses jazz and classical styles to produce a unique sound world, where improvisation meets composition. The influences behind each movement are rooted in Ed’s experiences growing up in north east Essex with Colchester featuring in many early memories and important events.
Summer 2015 is hotting up with two performances of Ed Puddick’s music in the North West of England.
First, on Sunday 21st June at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, the massed choirs of the Greater Manchester Music Hub will be joined by the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra to perform Ed’s epic World War One Centenary work “Secret Music”. This piece was first performed in the Royal Albert Hall on Armistice Day 2014. For more information and tickets please visit the Bridgewater Hall website.
Less than a month later, the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra will be premiering “Million Dollar Bill” in their concert as part of the Wigan International Jazz Festival. Ed has written several charts for this high-achieving big band, of which this Billy Strayhorn tribute is probably the most challenging. David Little will conduct the performance which will also include Clifford Brown and Stand Getz tributes “with strings” featuring Paul Booth (tenor sax) and Ryan Quigley (trumpet). For full details please visit the Wigan International Jazz Festival website.
Later in the year another major work by Ed Puddick (this time for string quintet and jazz piano) will receive it’s premiere. This performance will be at the Colchester Arts Centre in October. More details will follow soon so please keep visiting the website and facebook page.
On Tuesday November 11th Ed Puddick will attend the Royal Albert Hall to hear the premiere performance of his new composition “Secret Music”, written to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. 550 children from the Greater Manchester Music Hub will be joined by some of the Northwest’s finest young jazz musicians to play this ground-breaking work for Jazz Orchestra and Children’s Choir. For full details and for links to RAH box office please visit http://www.mfy.org.uk/SPMassedEnsembles/GreaterManchesterMusicHub
On Thursday 13th November 2014, Ed Puddick is directing the GSMD Jazz Composer’s Ensemble in a performance of music written by staff at the school. As well as brand new compositions by Ed, there will be music from the pens of Malcolm Miles, Stuart Hall, Robbie Robson and many more of their esteemed colleagues, all performed by students currently studying at the school. For more information on this unique performance please visit the event website by clicking here.