Preview: Jazz Proms 2016

Jamie Cullum, Quincy Jones and Kamasi Washington are all set to star in their own Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London this month

The 2016 Proms season - which runs until Saturday 10 September and features 75 concerts - includes three performances by leading international jazz stars Jamie Cullum, Quincy Jones and Kamasi Washington.

Prom 36: Jamie Cullum – Thursday 11 August

Jamie Cullum - piano/vocals
The Roundhouse Choir
The Heritage Orchestra with Jules Buckley - conductor

Straddling the boundaries of jazz, pop and rock, Jamie Cullum returns for another Late Night Prom after his sell-out appearance in 2010. This time, backed by the Roundhouse Choir and Heritage Orchestra, he offers his own take on a collection of pop songs, in the spirit of The Song Society – Cullum’s project to create fast and loose covers of favourite tracks. He brings the same approach of new discovery both to his use of the wide array of instruments available and to exploring the distinctive space of the Royal Albert Hall.

Prom 49: Quincy Jones – Monday 22 August

Quincy Jones
Richard Bona - voice/bass guitar
Jacob Collier - voice/piano/synth
Alfredo Rodríguez - piano
Metropole Orkest with Jules Buckley - conductor

Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest return to the Proms to celebrate the career of composer, arranger, conductor, producer and all-round musical giant Quincy Jones (pictured above right by Greg Gorman). Some of Jones's recent musical partners join the longest established jazz orchestra in existence as special guests, to collaborate on new arrangements of hits both old and new – and the great man himself makes an appearance.

Prom 61: Late Night with Kamasi Washington – Tuesday 30 August

Kamasi Washington - saxophone
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Jules Buckley - conductor

California-based saxophonist and composer Kamasi Washington (pictured left) has been described as the biggest thing to hit jazz for years. Washington toured for over a decade with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill and Snoop Dogg and was a key part of Kendrick Lamarr's 2015 album To Pimp A Butterfly.

Washington now brings his own band to the Proms, combining with the strings of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra along with choral backing to perform tracks from his ground-breaking three-disc album The Epic.

For further details and ticket booking please see the BBC Proms website.

Bruce Lindsay

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