Project Description

Under Milk Wood Jazz Suite, Festival Marquee, Oxford Festival of the Arts, Oxford

  • Date:

    Tuesday July 11th

  • The Festival Marquee,
    Oxford Festival of the Arts
    The Plain,
    OX4 1DS

    Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood

    with actors Tom Neil, Verona Chard and Andrew Fettes.

    Pianist and composer Stan Tracey, ‘the godfather of British jazz’, is best known for his 1965 album Jazz Suite Inspired by Dylan Thomas’s “Under Milk Wood”. Dylan Thomas’ famous BBC radio drama dramatizes the lives, dreams, and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants of a small fictional Welsh fishing village, Llareggub; and is the inspiration for Tracey’s evocative themes, including the acknowledged genius of the tone-poem Starless and Bible Black. Using original scores transcribed by his drummer son Clark Tracey, the classy jazz quartet, who all boast direct connections with the musicians of the original album, will perform Stan’s compositions, alongside narrative passages delivered by three respected voice artistes. In both words and music, Under Milk Wood endures because it recognises the warmth of friendship, family and community that can still bind us together.

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