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).
Music From Kenny Wheeler’s “Songs for Quintet” @ Brecon Jazz Festival
On 9th August, Stan will be performing music from Kenny Wheelers 2014 ECM album ” Songs for Quintet”, along with Gwilym Simcock, John Parricelli, Chris Laurence, and Martin France.
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
Songs for Quintet; Kenny Wheeler
Stan appears on Kenny Wheeler’s last recording “Songs for Quintet”, which will be released on January the 12th on ECM.