Electric Lady Big Band Play Jimi Hendrix

September 5, 2021 8:30 pm10:30 pm

The Electric Lady Big Band was formed in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s iconic 1968 masterpiece Electric Ladyland. Premiering at Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and featuring 16 of the UK’s best jazz, funk and blues musicians the group performed, and later recorded, their take on Jimi’s psychedelic epic throughout the UK in 2019.

Since Gil Evans’ 1974 album ‘Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix’, there have been too few efforts to re-imagine this music for large ensemble, until now. Denny Ilett, a big band devotee and Hendrix disciple has crafted arrangements that honour Jimi’s songs as much as they do the big band tradition. The group have no idea if Hendrix himself would approve but they do perform his timeless and intense music with the utmost love and respect.

The band returned to the studio in June 2021 to record their second album; this time featuring a selection of compositions spanning Hendrix’s short, but explosive, career which is due for release, on vinyl, in the Autumn.

Line Up

Denny Ilett – Guitar/Vocal/Arranger
Simon Gardner – Trumpet
Laura Jurd – Trumpet
Noel Langley – Trumpet
Tom Gardner – Trumpet
Winston Rollins – Trombone
Ian Bateman- Trombone
Ashley Slater- Trombone
Justin Pavey – Trombone
Nathaniel Facey – Alto saxophone
Ian Ballamy – Tenor saxophone
Ben Waghorn- Tenor saxophone
Kevin Figes- Baritone saxophone
Laurence Cottle – Bass
Dan Moore – Keys
Daisy Palmer – Drums


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