Phil Woods Quartet & String Orchestra play Bird + Henk Meutgeert
Straight-ahead jazz - Bop
Loortje van den Brink (conductor, 1st violin); Henk Meutgeert (director); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Joachim Badenhorst (clarinet); Ephraïm van IJzerlooy, Fabienne van Eck, Geneviève Verhage, Juke van Beuningen, Sanne van der Horst, Steven Bourne (cello); Annemijn Bergkotte, Laura Hendriks, Mark Mulder, Rosalinde Kluck (viola); Royal Conservatory of The Hague (strings, horns); Rodrigo Parejo Mateos (flute); Christopher Bouwman (hobo); Ben Mathot, Hadewych Hofland, Ilka van der Plas, Rosa Arnold, Stephanie Steiner, Vera van der Bie, Wim Ruitenbeck (1st violin); Anne Claas, Ian van den Berk, Ji Yun Jeing, Jolanda Streefkerk, Lonneke van Straalen, Maartje Kraan (2nd violin); Ben Aronov (piano); Reginald Johnson (bass);
Fri 8 July 2005 19:00 - 20:15 Jan Steen zaal
“I am not going to try to improve on Charlie Parker’s playing, but I do think I am capable to orchestrate better than they did in those days.” Alto saxophonist Phil Woods is referring to his concert Phil Woods Quartet & String Orchestra play Bird, a project in which he revives the classic Charlie Parker album Bird with Strings on stage. Immediately after Parker’s death in 1955, Woods was considered as one of the most talented heirs to the throne. Parker thought of his record with strings as the most beautiful one he had ever made, so it was obvious that one day Woods would sink his teeth in the concept. This inspired bopper rewrote the arrangements by adding more strings and reed instruments to the sound spectrum. Along with his quartet and the musicians of the Royal Conservatory of The Hague the fiftieth dying day of Bird will be commemorated in a respectful way.