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Venue: Seven Arts, 31 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS7 3PD
Led by Tony Faulkner, composer/arranger, drummer, educator and recipient of a Yorkshire Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award, the Yorkshire Jazz Orchestra performs the music of Pepper Adams. The featured guest is US saxophonist, Gary Smulyan. LG is resident singer with the YJO.
The YJO project, a labour or love for its musical director and 20 core players, together with Gary Smulyan, deliver TF’s arrangements of Pepper Adams which are to be recorded in New York in April 2013.
Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan is critically acclaimed as one of the major voices on the baritone saxophone today.He is the winner of of the 1990 JAZZ TIMES CRITICS POLL, the 1994 DOWN BEAT READERS POLL, the 1998 DOWN BEAT CRITICS POLL (TDWR), and is the winner of the 2001 DOWN BEAT CRITICS POLL (TDWR). He also listed in the 1998 DOWN BEAT and JAZZ TIMES READERS POLLS. Gary was recently announced the winner of the 2004 Jazz Journalists’ Award for Baritone Saxophonist of the Year and winner of the 2007 Down Beat Critics Poll.Mr. Smulyan currently performs with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Lovano Nonet, the Dave Holland Octet and Big Band, The Three Baritone Saxophone Band, the George Coleman Octet, the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band and the Tom Harrell Octet, as well as his own projects.