Andy Sheppard is one of the few British Jazz musicians to have the rare honour of playing and recording with the most important contemporary American Big Band leaders/composers Gil Evans, George Russel and Carla Bley. It follows that Sheppard was inspired to create his own Big Band projects – these are documented by the critically acclaimed albums ‘Soft on the Inside’ (Island Records) and ‘ Delivery Suite’ (Blue Note). Most recently Sheppard was commissioned by the Bergen Big Band in Norway led by Olav Dale to write a brand new hour long Suite ‘Bump 5250’ which was premiered at the prestigious Natt Jazz Festival in 2013.
Over the years Andy Sheppard has taken his big band music and performed with various ensembles from professional (UMO Orchestra Helsinki) to High School big bands. Sheppard’s Big Band repertoire can be tailored to existing bands, both amateur and professional. This programme is developed, conducted and performed by Sheppard himself.
” Carla Bley and Gil Evans mixed with edge-of-beyond European-improvising” John Fordham
Sheppard’s original demos Bump 5250