Nigel Kennedy Plays Gershwin – Music by Bach, Kennedy and Gershwin at DLWP

Rye Intl Jazz & Blues festival is delighted to be presenting Nigel Kennedy Plays Gershwin at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bex-Hill on Saturday 25th May. This show is Kennedy and his talented band reinterpreting the work of George Gershwin along with pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, and his own compositions from his illustrious career that is unparalleled in modern British classical music.

You can expect such timeless standards as Summertime, Rhapsody In (Claret &) Blue, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and Porgy and Bess have been re-imagined with Kennedy’s inimitable style and verve.The result is Kennedy Meets Gershwin, an assured and joyful re-imagination of Gershwin’s timeless compositions, given new life by the charming and soaring interpretations of classical music’s most unique and prodigious talent.

Kennedy’s jazz-influenced record, released to coincide with the 120th birthday anniversary of Gershwin, showcases the remarkable skill of a violinist much loved by the classical and jazz worlds. A love of jazz has featured prominently in Nigel Kennedy’s career. Classical music’s most successful performer of all-time grew up listening to his stepfather’s jazz records, picking out Fats Waller tunes on the piano and now Kennedy is making a rip-roaring foray into the songbook of iconoclastic American composer Gershwin with a mesmerisingly musical collection.

Kennedy said: ‘For me Gershwin’s work is epitomised by three main ingredients: the fusion of jazz and classical music, the beautiful melodic influences of Jewish culture and the unique energy of New York City. This music fits my nature, skill set and experiences so well!’

“Rip-roaring and exquisitely tender – the classical star is a mesmerisingly musical jazz lover” The Guardian

The De La Warr Pavilion are selling all the tickets for this performance. For more information and to book please click here

Posted on 08/03/2019 by Ian Bowden

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