RNCM Big Band with Steve Berry
RNCM Theatre, 3 February 2018
For this concert, Steve Berry took stewardship of the RNCM Big Band and, while it may have been a more relaxed and informal affair than usual, the musicianship was as top-notch as ever.
His chosen programme was personal and idiosyncratic, with my favourite piece of music being a South African Township Jazz number that was joyous and uplifting and altogether happy. Over the course of a delightful evening, he coaxed searing solos out of many members of the band. There was a hearty brew of strong tunes to enjoy and, later, to learn about.
Because after all of these RNCM Big Band concerts (and not only Big Band), I come to realise that my musical knowledge is inadequate, and that ignorance dilutes pleasure. The more you discover, the more you enjoy.