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Capital City Jazz Orchestra with special guest soloist Mike Lovatt

  • Level 3 Lounge
In 2007, saxophonist Ceri Rees had a conversation with Alistair McMurchie of Four Bars at Dempseys’ about putting together a big band to play once a month at the jazz club. And so, the 16-piece Capital City Jazz Orchestra was born and soon attracted a loyal and regular following. As Ceri notes, ‘There wasn’t much activity in the jazz scene, in Cardiff. Of course, there are small bands all over Wales, but what I wanted to do was bring together the Capital’s best musicians to form a new band’. The band continued to go from strength to strength, regularly working with great jazz artists and appearing and Brecon and Swansea International Jazz Festivals, performing at the Welsh Proms and regularly taking to the St David’s Hall L3 Lounge for a very special series of gigs with internationally renowned guest artists.

Mike Lovatt
Mike Lovatt studied at Trinity College of music where he was awarded the Jon Kelly Jazz Scholarship. He has performed and recorded a wide range of musical styles with many artists including Quincy Jones, Robbie Williams, Eric Clapton, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Buble, Oasis, Michel Le Grand, Tony Bennett, Toots Thielmans, Marty Paich, Johnny Mathis, The Michael Nyman Band, Michael Ball, Shirley Bassey, Michael Crawford, Danny Elfman, Joby Talbot, The BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, London Brass, and The Glenn Miller Orchestra.

As Principal Trumpet in London’s West End, Mike has performed in Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, The Producers, Billy Elliot, Guys and Dolls, Saturday Night Fever, My Fair Lady, and Spamalot amongst others. Mike is the lead trumpet of the BBC Big Band who featured him in a tribute to Maynard Fergusson. He has played on movie soundtracks including the James Bond films Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day, Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with The London Symphony Orchestra, the award winning Chicago, Kevin Spacey’s Beyond the Sea, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Madagascar, and The Corpse Bride. He is featured on trumpet and cornet in George Fenton’s Mrs Henderson Presents, and on trumpet in ‘Looking for Eric.’

Mike is principal trumpet with the Grammy Nominated John Wilson Orchestra and has been featured in their celebrated BBC promenade concerts and recordings.

Standard Price £14
Students | Under 16 £7
Friends of St David's Hall | Over 60s | Claimants | 
Disabled people plus one companion
£2 off
Groups 10+ (please contact Box Office on 02920 878444) £2 off each ticket

Plus an optional £1 postage fee for tickets to be posted.
*For Hynt tickets, please contact Box Office on 02920 878444. Limited availability - please book early to avoid disappointment.

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18.30  Bars open
20.00  START
20.50  Interval
22.00  FINISH                                                                           

PLEASE NOTE: Running times are approximate and supplied for guidance only.  They may be subject to change.