Tribute to Ray Charles

Tribute to Ray Charles

Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw / Madeline Bell

Label: Challenge Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917333329
Catalog number: CR 73333
Releasedate: 10-11-11
The cd of the Jazz Orchestra comprises a live recording of a concert of the Ray Charles Tour in 2005.
  • With the extraordinary singer Madeline Bell
  • This band was selected from the leading musicians on each instrument from the younger generation, representing different areas of jazz music in Holland
  • Uniting the modernistic jazz approach with straight-ahead musicians
  • What makes JOC stand out is its fluency in each of the dialects it addresses
  • Music of rare class
The cd of the Jazz Orchestra comprises a live recording of a concert of the Ray Charles Tour in 2005. During this tour, the complete Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw featuring Madeline Bell played new arrangements of the hits of Ray Charles, not in the regular concert halls, but in movie theaters all over Holland and Belgium, following motion picture Ray. To the audience, hearing 18 of the Netherlands' top jazz musicians playing the fabulous new arrangments of Ray Charles' hits in front of the screen on which Ray's amazing life had just been projected, was a fascinating experience. People, young and old, danced in front of their seats, sang, clapped hands and thus created a night to remember for both audience and band. This CD was made from the recording of the concert in the Amsterdam movie theater Pathé Tuschinski on February 17th, 2005.
The 18 members of The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw (JOC) are the current most talented jazz musicians in The Netherlands. The orchestra performs a minimum of 35 times a year. Very often the orchestra plays compositions and arrangements written by both its musicians and/or the conductor. All pieces are arranged especially for the orchestra. The big band performs regularly with guest jazz artists of the highest standards such as Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Lew Tabackin, James Carter, Richard Galliano, Deborah Brown, Madeline Bell, George Duke, Ellen ten Damme, Benny Golson, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Lee Konitz, Roy Hargrove, Dennis Mackrel, Toots Thielemans, Ack van Rooyen, Rita Reys, Bert Joris, Mathilde Santing, Miranda van Kralingen, Joe Lovano, Joe Henderson, Han Bennink, Johnny Griffin, Misha Mengelberg and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

The orchestra was founded in 1996 as the New Concert Big Band. In 1999 the band swiftly moved to centre stage under an arrangement with Amsterdam’s prestigious Concertgebouw to become The Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. Currently the JOC has more than 35 000 visitors a year throughout The Netherlands, Europe and Japan.