Plans are underway for a NEON ORCHESTRA tour end of 2018 to celebrate Stans 70th Birthday.
STAN SULZMANN/NIKKI ILES New cd with special guest DAVE HOLLAND
A new cd ‘LUSH LIFE’ is due out early 2018 on the Jellymould label. Following on from the acclaimed ‘Stardust’ duo recording but adding special guest Dave Holland playing a set of new original music and arrangements of standards.
Neon Orchestra Live at the 606 Club – Taking a Chance On Love
The final video is Stan’s epic arrangement of Vernon Duke’s Taking A Chance On Love, which is reharmonised and set in 5/4 time and was originally written as part of a suite of music called “Splashes”. Featured are Ralph Wyld (vibes), Kit Downes (piano), Tom Walsh (trumpet), Stan (Soprano), and Tim Giles (drums).
Neon Orchestra Live at the 606 Club – I Know You Know
I Know You Know is an original composition by pianist Gwilym Simcock, which Stan fondly remembers playing with Gwilym and guitarist John Parricelli. Stan and Gwilym’s musical relationship stretches back to the original “Neon” band, which was a trio featuring Stan and Gwilym alongside Jim Hart on vibes. Stan’s arrangement features James Allsopp (bass clarinet), Ralph Wyld (vibes), and Stan on soprano.
Neon Orchestra Live at the 606 Club – Nobody Else But Me
Stan’s most recent arrangement is Jerome Kern’s standard Nobody Else But Me. Inspired by his memory of hearing the original Mel Lewis/Thad Jones big band in New York at age 18, this swinging chart features James Allsopp on baritone, and Mark Nightingale on trombone.
Neon Orchestra Live at the 606 Club – Up And Down
Up And Down is an original composition/arrangement by Stan, which was commissioned to be performed by the band as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival (2013). A celebration of London, the title Up And Down is borrowed from cockney nursery rhyme Pop Goes The Weasel. This track features James Copus (trumpet), Stan (tenor), Martin Hathaway (alto), and Robbie Harvey (trombone).
Neon Orchestra Live at the 606 Club – Westerly
This week’s video is Stan’s arrangement of Nikki Iles’ Westerly. Stan and Nikki have been playing together for close to two decades, and recently released their second duo album “Stardust” together. Westerly was originally written by Nikki as a setting of music to poetry celebrating the life and work of poet Mary Webb, and was eventually recorded with Stan on Nikki’s album “Veils”. This arrangement features Kit Downes (piano), Josh Arcoleo (tenor), as well as Stan (soprano) and Alex Munk (guitar).
Neon Orchestra Live at the 606 Club – Chu Chu
Stan is proud to present the first in a series of videos of his Neon Orchestra playing live at the 606 Club, March 2016. First up is Stan’s arrangement of his own tune Chu Chu, a composition which was inspired by bassist Chucho Merchán, and first recorded by Stan and the original Neon trio on “Here To There”. Chu Chu features Stan on tenor, as well as Matthew Sulzmann (alto), and Robbie Harvey (trombone).
Stardust; Stan Sulzmann, Nikki Iles
Due for release late 2015 on Jellymould Jazz, “Stardust” is a new album by Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles celebrating the duo’s shared love of “songs”.
“This intimate recording is a rare chance to hear two of the UK’s most respected jazz musicians playing tunes they love. Jellymould is proud to be releasing this beautiful record.”
– Dom Sales, Jellymoud Jazz