Close to You: Sinatra and the Hollywood String Quartet

 16 May
 Cadogan Hall
 5 Sloane Terrace - SW1X 9DQ - London - United Kingdom
 Worldwide Entertainment
Worldwide Live presents... Matt Ford | voice The Tippett Quartet John Mills | violin Jeremy Isaac | violin Lydia Lowndes-Northcott | viola Bozidar Vukotic | cello James Pearson | piano Jeremy Brown | bass Matt Skelton | drums Howard McGill | saxophones/woodwinds Callum Au | trombone Hugh Webb | harp Monica McCarron | flute This reinvention of Close to You, one of the great Sinatra recordings, features an ensemble of handpicked musicians chosen for their sound and empathy for this extraordinary music. Matt Ford appears regularly with both the John Wilson Orchestra and the BBC Big Band, and was nominated for Best UK Male Vocalist at the inaugural Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards. The acclaimed Tippett Quartet bring to the mix their credentials as one of the UK's most prominent chamber ensembles and a passion for the great Hollywood music of the 20th century. They are joined by leading Grammy-nominated jazz instrumentalists led by project producer Matt Skelton and Ronnie Scott's artistic director, James Pearson. Hugely talented arranger, bandleader and trombonist Callum Au has painstakingly transcribed and adapted Nelson Riddle's original scores. The unique diversity of the ensemble enables it to explore the cannon of popular songs in settings with strings and to showcase original arrangements by Callum Au, Colin Skinner and Andrew Cottee, John Wilson's key arranger and orchestrator. Alongside celebrating the genius of Sinatra's performances, the group also pays homage to the artistry of Nelson Riddle, the Hollywood String Quartet and the extraordinary studio musicians who so skilfully brought this music to life. Now, in the year of Sinatra's centenary, the group are tremendously proud to be bringing these exquisite versions of vintage popular song to audiences for the first time in almost 60 years. "Where else would you hear such distinctive, timeless music, tailored with such care yet still sounding so fresh?" - Peter Vacher, London Jazz News "It's musical gold" - Stewart Collins Box Office: 020 7730 4500 or book online at Tickets: £28, £22, £16

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