folk & world

Friday Tonic: Patchwork Jazz Orchestra

Hear fresh sounds and ideas from a London-based big band without a leader, presenting the musical fantasies of a new generation of composers.

On debut album The Adventures of Mr Pottercakes, Patchwork Jazz Orchestra draw together diverse influences and characters to create music ranging from luscious and sweet melodies to broad walls of sound, from drum and bass to funeral marches, from fairytale ballads to calypso.

The musical glue binding it all together are the band’s 17 musicians and their shared passion for improvisation. Drawing on the rich history of the big band format, Patchwork Jazz Orchestra bring it up to date with a modern philosophy of music-making.

The band won the Peter Whittingham Award in 2015 and host their own Patchwork nights, engaging new audiences at unusual spaces in London.

Patchwork Jazz Orchestra are plugged into the spirit of the current London jazz scene, littered with talented writers and players unafraid of thinking big
Julian Joseph

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
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