JERRY DAMMERS' SPATIAL A.K.A. ORCHESTRA   Following their highly acclaimed national tour and appearances at Glastonbury and on 'Later with Jools Holland', Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra return to play a London date at The Barbican on Friday 18th Nov 2011.  The Specials’ and 2 Tone founder Jerry Dammers’ funk and dub  influenced arrangements of his selections from cosmic jazz , reggae, exotica and library music, have formed backdrops for some of the country’s finest jazz improvisers, in his highly acclaimed orchestra, with whose expert help Dammers has brought to life, reinvented and rejuvenated some of the records, visual images, objects, (and keyboards) he has collected over the years, (alongside a handful of his own creations). Orchestra favourites, plus some new selections paying homage to a further variety of futurist musical dreamers, adaptations of Dammers’ own songs, and a small amount of original material, are now moving the orchestra beyond its “Sun Ra Tribute band” starting point. Alternative musical styles, not always associated with jazz, (from rock to jungle or dubstep), are also somewhere in the mix.  Featuring: Jason Yarde , Denys Baptiste , Larry Stabbins, Nathaniel Facey, Shabaka Hutchins, Terry Edwards (saxes), Finn Peters (flute), Robin Hopcraft (trumpet) , Harry Brown (trombone), Anthony Joseph (vocals), Francine Luce (vocals), Alcyona Mick (piano) ,Roger Beaujolais (vibes), Larry Bartley (double bass), Patrick Illingworth (drums), Crispin “Spry” Robinson, (percussion), Steve Gibson (percussion), Ollie Bayley (electric bass), Patrick Hatchett, Guy Clarke (guitars), Jerry Dammers (keyboards).     “Dammers’ arrangements brilliantly join the dots …….. making the inaccessible accessible….. a genuinely joyful sound.” Alexis Petridis, The Guardian.  “Triumphant, glorious, exhilarating.” Nick Hasted, Uncut.  “Now this is really special.” Kitty Empire, The Observer.  “Go and see them.” Ian Harrison, Mojo.  “Puts the joy back into live jazz.” Jazzwise.     Winners of Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards 2011, 'John Peel' Award (for musical adventurousness). 
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