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Jazz Calendar: Olympic Studios '66

by Neil Ardley & The New Jazz Orchestra



'In September 1966, a kind of mini-NJO turned up at Olympic Studios in Barnes. The twelve of us, with Neil conducting, were there to record three pieces from the music of a ballet, so that the composer, Richard Rodney Bennett, had something for Frederic Ashton, the choreographer, Derek Jarman, the director, and various Royal Ballet bigwigs to listen to. They must have approved of what they heard, because the ballet, A Jazz Calendar, went into the repertoire in 1968 and remained there for the best part of ten years'.

Dave Gelly MBE, November 2020

Special thanks to Viv Wilson and the Neil Ardley Estate for providing the original tape.


released October 29, 2020

Tracks 1-3:
The New jazz Orchestra
Neil Ardley – arranger, conductor
Les Carter – flute
Ray Warleigh – alto
Dave Gelly – tenor
Barbara Thompson – baritone
Dennis André– trumpet
Ian Carr – trumpet, flugelhorn
Mike Gibbs – trombone
Martin Wilson – French horn
John White – tuba
Pete Lemer – piano
Tony Reeves – bass
Jon Hiseman – drums

Tracks 4,5:
The Neil Ardley Orchestra
Neil Ardley – arranger, conductor
Bull Skeets - flute
Ian Carr – flugelhorn
Duncan Lamont – tenor
Bob Efford – alto
Harry Klein - baritone
Tommy McQuater – trumpet
Ian Hamer – trumpet
Chris Pyne – trombone
Mike Gibbs – trombone
Frank Clark – bass
Bobby Orr - drums

From the tape archive of Neil Ardley
Tape transfer: John Thurlow

Produced by Jazz In Britain Ltd.

© Jazz In Britain 2020


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