In January 1937, one of the great musical partnerships began in the New York recording studios, when Billie Holiday teamed up with trumpeter Buck Clayton and members of Teddy Wilson’s band. For much of the next twenty-two years, Buck and Billie continued to play and record together.
In this special presentation, the Buck Clayton Legacy Band is joined by vocalist Julia Biel, who is one of the UK’s leading singers, and also a brilliant Billie Holiday interpreter, to explore that musical treasure trove. From “Back In Your Own Back Yard” to “Good Morning Heartache” many favourites are there, including Teddy Wilson-style charts of some of the numbers that Billie only recorded with big band or orchestra, plus the emotional punch of pieces such as “God Bless The Child”.
The band is co-led by bassist and broadcaster Alyn Shipton and German saxophonist Matthias Seuffert, and it features Ian Smith, trumpet, Adrian Fry, trombone, Alan Barnes, reeds, Jonathan Vinten, piano and Bobby Worth, drums.