Drummer Sophie Alloway is among the jazz players in the house band featured in the opening episode of new Adrian Dunbar drama Ridley

Accompanying Ridley the detective, part owner of a jazz club and occasional crooner, played by Adrian Dunbar on his winning rendition of the Richard Hawley song 'Coles Corner' which was the last song at the end of the opening episode of the new …

Published: 28 Aug 2022. Updated: 29 days.

Accompanying Ridley the detective, part owner of a jazz club and occasional crooner, played by Adrian Dunbar on his winning rendition of the Richard Hawley song 'Coles Corner' which was the last song at the end of the opening episode of the new detective series on ITV aired tonight the score and musical direction recorded at Air Studios is by Ben Foster (Scott & Bailey, Happy Valley) while Steven Holness (Adele, Gwyneth Herbert) is on piano, Rory Dempsey (Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band, Jamie Cullum) on bass and on drums is well-known London jazz club scene drummer Sophie Alloway. See our list of the top 20 UK jazz drummers where she appears. Artwork for the 2020 Oliver Murray Ronnie's documentary also gets a look-in towards the end of the show eagle eyed viewers will have noticed when Ridley phones his answerphone back home to listen to the voice of his late wife as the camera takes in the possessions of the jazz-loving Ridley strewn around. Adrian Dunbar, photo: press

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Specially commissioned compositions by Laura Jurd, Issie Barratt, Nikki Iles and Yazz Ahmed are featured on She Said

NYJO - the National Youth Jazz Orchestra - this autumn unveil She Said the fruits of a year-long programme ''to remix the gender balance in jazz'' a recording made in 2019 at Air in Hampstead and featuring a 24 piece orchestra all aged between 18 …

Published: 28 Aug 2022. Updated: 14 days.

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NYJO - the National Youth Jazz Orchestra - this autumn unveil She Said the fruits of a year-long programme ''to remix the gender balance in jazz'' a recording made in 2019 at Air in Hampstead and featuring a 24 piece orchestra all aged between 18 and 25 plus guests including Norma Winstone, Georgina Jackson, Josephine Davies, Shirley Smart, Laura Jurd, Issie Barratt, Nikki Iles and Yazz Ahmed.

Norma Winstone and Ralph Towner's beautiful 'Celeste' which was on the Norma Winstone, John Taylor, Tony Coe 1987 ECM album Somewhere Called Home newly arranged by Charlie Bates is one of the pieces included.

The NYJO website explains that ''the brief for the guest creatives was simple: to compose freely, drawing on the creative possibilities offered by a big band to express their voice as women in jazz''. NYJO say that Laura Jurd, Issie Barratt, Nikki Iles and Yazz Ahmed ''were given an open brief: to compose freely, drawing on their imagination and particular circumstances. Work by historic female composers such as Lil Hardin and Billie Holiday also are included in the project's scope.

She Said track listings are 'Wild Oak' (feat. Nikki Iles), 'Struttin' With Some Barbecue,' 'A Timeless Place' (feat. Norma Winstone), 'Willow Weep For Me,' 'The Earth Keeps Spinning,' 'Remind Me' (feat. Georgina Jackson), 'Transition' (feat. Josephine Davies), 'Nurrquss' (feat. Yazz Ahmed, Nikki Iles, and Shirley Smart), 'Celeste,' 'You Do?!' and 'God Bless the Child' (feat. NYJO Academy). The album is out on 7 October via the NYJO label distributed by Proper Music.