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As part of the BBC Radio 3's Performing Groups weekend, Jazz Line-Up presents the BBC Big Band in concert conducted by its principal conductor Barry Forgie, with world class UK vocalists, Liane Carroll and Claire Martin.

The concert (recorded at the BBC's Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House on Tuesday 8th June), will include some of the classic arrangers who have written for the band over the years, as well as many of the arrangements Barry Forgie has made for the band since 1975.

The BBC Big Band has performed with the 'Best of British' including Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Michael Ball, Jack Bruce, Ian Shaw and Madeline Bell.

It has also entertained thousands with international stars such as Tony Bennett, George Shearing, Michel Legrand, Michael Buble, James Morrison, Lalo Schifrin, Ray Charles, Patti Austin, Amy Winehouse and Dr.

John.

Some notices read

Thank you guys, you're wonderful" - Michel Legrand

"By far the best band to come out of England" - George Shearing

"They brilliantly continue the tradition of Big Band music.

As such they are important as well as marvellous" - Michael Parkinson

"...for me, this is the band" - Mel Torme

"I told my wife that for my next birthday I want this band as a gift" - Lalo Schifrin.

Claire Martin presents the BBC Big Band in concert, featuring vocals from Lianne Carroll."

At the Pizza Express Jazz Club, London in April of this year, Korean pianist Younee was joined by jazz pianist Alex Hutton as part of the Steinway Festival.

The hour-long set had many highlights, among which were Alex Hutton's two numbers, 'The Ballad of Beautiful' and 'Silent Man', the arrangement of Bach's 'Siciliano' and Younee's own 'True to You'.

Hutton sat out the first half of the song before returning to the keyboard to provide some inspired jazz embellishments to Younee's rock harmonies.

An unusual item was a Korean folk song, 'Birds Birds', both pianos delicately played.

This set was recorded on a Saturday lunchtime and attracted a substantial crowd.

Younee, from Seoul, Korea is 'beyond category' as a singer, songwriter and pianist.

Her exquisitely vulnerable voice can also express raw power.

Alex Hutton is Yorkshire born, but has spent time in the US both studying and performing.

In this session, he gave some impeccable answering phrases to Younee and there's a fine chance to hear some of his own composition.

Julian Joseph with a set by pianists Younee and Alex Hutton from the Steinway Festival.

Jazz Line-Up introduced by Julian Joseph featuring the 2010 European Jazz Orchestra conducted by Tadej Tomsic (Slovenia) Every year the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) create a Big Band hosted by a European County.

2010 was the turn of a 17-piece band which was created with as many countries, the UK being represented by Guitarist Mark McKnight from Belfast.

Each year a new conductor, new compositions and a new line-up of hand-picked musicians, aged 18-30 - go on new adventures, following new itineraries.

Since the start of the EJO in 1998, 226 European musicians have participated and 175 concerts have been arranged in 33 countries in Europe.

The BBC hosted the event in 2006.

The programme also features music from the Rush Hour Jazz Series, with the Ben Markland Quintet and the Percy Pursglove Quartet, recorded at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

Julian Joseph features the 2010 European Jazz Orchestra hosted by Slovenia Radio.

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