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BBC Big Band: Criminal Tunes

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Granite Noir: BBC Big Band: Criminal Tunes

The internationally renowned BBC Big Band return to Aberdeen Music Hall with a spectacular musical finale to the Granite Noir Crime Writing Festival.

Through the twentieth century and beyond, Jazz and Big Band music has become interlaced with the crime fiction and movie genres: whether it’s Michael Connelly’s jazz-loving LA detective Harry Bosch, or Duke Ellington’s soundtrack to the James Stewart movie ‘Anatomy of a Murder’.  As film composer Elmer Bernstein neatly put it:  Hollywood turned to jazz “whenever someone stole a car” – so, who better to celebrate the climax of the 2022 festival than one of the world’s finest jazz orchestras: The BBC Big Band.

Through a diverse repertoire arranged and curated by the orchestra’s conductor, Barry Forgie, the orchestra celebrates the music of crime with a swinging evening of world-class music.  From classic TV and movie sound-tracks such as ‘Shaft’, ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘James Bond’, ‘The Pink Panther’, and ‘Catch Me If You Can’ –  through to classic Big Band and Swing numbers inspired by all things crime (with a few surprises along the way!) – all performed in the BBC Big Band’s own inimitable style.

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“World-class musicians … a brilliant musical force”
The Telegraph

“A wonderful band!”
Tony Bennett

“They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music. As such they are important, as well as marvellous!”
Michael Parkinson

About the BBC Big Band

The BBC Big Band

Regarded as one of the world’s finest and most versatile Orchestras, The BBC Big Band continues to delight audiences around the world through their broadcasts on BBC Radio and their live performances.

The Band has played with stars such as diverse as George Benson, Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Tony Bennett, George Shearing, Michel Legrand, Phil Woods, Joe Lovano, Lalo Schifrin, Michael McDonald, Bob Brookmeyer and Ray Charles.

In addition to its regular studio and concert recordings, the BBC Big Band regularly gives live performances at major venues around the UK and abroad. Within the UK, the BBC Big Band is probably best known for its regular appearances on BBC Radio 2 Radio 3. Its performances also reach huge global audiences through its regular broadcasts via the BBC World Service, as well as the BBC’s website services.