Altonative Music: Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra

I've bought my ticket (stalls row G) and expect that it will sell out. Check out the youtube clip for a taster!

We can meet a little beforehand.


American saxophonist Archie Shepp is performing his seminal 1972 album 'Attica Blues' with a new big band on 24 November. Shepp has always been politically involved, and this album was his response to the Attica prison riots, which erupted as a result of protests from black prisoners. The album is a vital document of civil rights history, even containing direct speech from lawyer William Kunstler's passionate defense.

Following the Attica Prison riots in 1971, in which 39 people were killed following a rebellion of black inmates over poor living conditions, free jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp released jazz masterpiece Attica Blues, in which he took a stand for black civil rights.

Just over forty years after the release of the album on Impulse! Records – home to John Coltrane and Ray Charles among others – Archie Shepp revisits this monument of jazz history with a new big band composed of a mix of experienced artists and young musicians from the United States and France.

A blend of spiritual music, blues, Ellingtonian orchestrations and fun, the classics from the original album will be performed by the new big band, alongside newly added compositions.

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  • Jacqui

    Can't make this anymore. Sorry

    1 · November 23, 2013

  • aisha m.

    This year I'm only seeing Dianne Reeves, next Wed @ RFH. Any one else going?

    1 · November 15, 2013

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