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IS IT REALLY FIFTY YEARS OF THE BEATLES THIS YEAR?

February 07, 2009 — by Pete York

In the past some of my musical highlights have been with orchestras of one kind or another. Back in 1973 I was part of Jon Lord’s Rock Meets Classic concerts. Brave onslaughts against the entrenched conservatism of some European orchestral audiences. I still remember sensitive violinists rushing weeping with horror and pain from the stage when the guitars made their first entry with a deafening KERRANNGGG.

They were French and it was in Luxembourg so perhaps it was only to be expected.

Since then there have been happier meetings of musical styles. The best for me have been my shows with the Bayerischer Kammerorchester. This year we’ll be together again for a „Beatles Go Baroque“ evening.

Along with the orchestra we will have Sandy Patton singing with Stephan Holstein, Martin Schrack, myself and others doing the group bits.

It’s scheduled for July 17 in Bad Brückenau in the Open Air and July 18 in Fürth, also Open Air. It should be fun musically and otherwise and I hope I’ll be allowed to tell some first-hand Beatles anecdotes.

Is it really fifty years of the Beatles this year?

TOURING IN THREE

October 12, 2008 — by Pete York

It is very hard today to put together good jazz gigs in a row but my agent, Christiane Stingl has cooked up a lovely five day run for John Crocker, Rossano Sportiello and myself beginning on the 7 October. Any fans in the South of Germany should try to make this show because it can’t happen often and both John and Rossano are world-class players. Rossano is doing very well in the US right now and this is a great achievement for a young Italian musician. He has to be heard to be believed, embodying many of the classic jazz piano stylists in one pair of hands.

AT HOME GIG

— by Pete York

Mecky and I have been in the town of Grünwald for over a while now but I haven’t performed for the locals as yet. Until now that is. On October 16 I will bring the trio of Claus and Kuno into the Bürgerhaus to share the stage with the Wine and Roses Orchestra. Several pals play in this big band which is led by Bernhard Ullrich, an excellent clarinet player and ideal for the Goodman role.

We will alternate through the evening like one of those Thirties live radio broadcasts. There’ll be a big drum battle in Sing Sing Sing with my opposite number being Gregor Beck, a real swinger.

We are hoping lots of our followers will turn up and that jazz in Grünwald will become a major attraction in the Greater Munich area. Partly because I can go to gig on my bicycle.

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