Jazz Origins

Brigantes Orchestra, Quentin Clare & Christopher Devine
Group type: Orchestras
  • Saturday 18 June, 2022
    7.30 – 9.15pm

The Brigantes play Jazz - including Gershwin's iconic Rhapsody in Blue and Benny Goodman's Sing, Sing, Sing (postponed from 2020)

Who could forget the sound of that clarinet gliding up to its bluesy top notes? So begins Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, the first fusion of classical music and jazz, and the centrepiece of this approachable and fun programme.

The undiscovered gem is a performance of the Afro-American Symphony by William Grant Still, the first symphony written by an African American, full of jazz harmony, and until the 1950s the most widely performed symphony composed by an American.

With support from the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music


Brigantes Orchestra, Quentin Clare (Conductor) and Christopher Devine (Piano)


  • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
  • Louis Prima / Benny Goodman: Sing, Sing, Sing
  • William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony
  • Gershwin: I Got Rhythm Variations
  • Weill: Symphonic Nocturne, The Lady in the Dark

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