The greatest track and field athletes from the US are at Alexander Stadium, doing their last-minute preparations for those games in London. And some great musical athletes of jazz are in Symphony Hall tomorrow evening.
The Olympians of American jazz, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, are always most welcome visitors to this hall, and they just seem to get better with each visit.
The band, 15 cohesive ensemble players and explosive soloists who make up the world’s premier house band, will be playing arrangements of big band classics from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie as well as their own compositions.
Among those likely to be on the Symphony Hall stage are trumpeters Ryan Kisor and Marcus Printup, trombonist Vincent Gardner, and saxophonists Sherman Irby, Walter Blandings Jr and the evergreen Scottish baritone player Joe Temperley.
Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra close Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival at 7.30pm tomorrow and booking is at www.thsh.co.uk or on 0121 345 0600.
There is more big band music before and after the Marsalis gig, with two free Jazzlines presentations in the Symphony Hall cafe bar. From 5.30pm to 7pm the Mike Fletcher Big Band comprises many of the young Birmingham players we see in gigs around the city, all brought together by saxophonist/ flautist and Spotted Dog sessions maestro Fletcher, and playing from their big band book which includes compositions from Thad Jones and Glenn Miller.
From 9.30pm, the Jazzlines Ensemble, a group of student players who have grown out of the organisation’s education projects, provides the backdrop to a post-concert nightcap.
Tomorrow, Notts, a freshly pressed band who may or may not be from Nottinghamshire, are at the Ort Cafe from 8.30pm. Free entry.