Jazz On Stage

Guy Barker explores the love affair between the stage and jazz.



Starting in the world of ballet and dance, he traces the story from the early ballets of Milhaud and Ravel to the production musicals of Gershwin and Bernstein, and then into the world of contemporary dance.

Guy is joined by choreographer Siobhan Davies, composer Colin Towns and saxophonist Alan Skidmore as well as members of the original cast of Bubbling Brown Sugar and Ain't Misbehavin.

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Guy Barker is joined by Eddie Izzard, star of the West End show Lennie, to discuss what improvising jazz musicians and stand up comedians have in common.

Guy also explores the stage compositions of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Gil Evans, as well as setting the stage for his own theatrical composition dZf, which premieres at the London Jazz Festival.