Peter Edwards: A Journey with the Giants of Jazz [Live]

Peter Edwards: A Journey with the Giants of Jazz [Live]

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[New Music Biennial - Live Recording]

Pianist, composer and bandleader and nominee for the 2015 Jazz FM Breakthrough Artist Awards, Peter Edwards, looks into the year 1917, which was a defining year for jazz. It saw the births of some of the most influential jazz artists including composer ‘Tadd’ Dameron, singer Ella Fitzgerald, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Buddy Rich and percussionist Mongo Santamaria. Taking inspiration from the motifs found in six of the artists’ classic works, Peter Edwards’ piece deconstructs their themes to offer the audience a re-imagined and alternative musical experience.


Nu Civilisation Orchestra are:

Peter Edwards musical director/claves
Cherise Adams-Burnett vocals
Becca Toft trumpet
Byron Wallen trumpet/agogos
Harry Brown trombone
Rosie Turton trombone
Will Gibson alto saxophone
Alam Nathoo tenor saxophone
Rhiannon Jeffreys baritone saxophone
Ben Burrell piano
Gary Crosby double bass
Noda Oreste congas
Eddie Hick drums


This piece is part of New Music Biennial 2017. For more information about the project and to download the New Music Biennial album, please visit our project page:


A Journey with the Giants of Jazz is commissioned by Turner Sims Southampton.

Nu Civilisation Orchestra
Peter Edwards musical director