In review: Black History Month 2022
Participants at last night’s Adult Learning Awards ceremony, staged at London’s new City Hall in Royal Victoria, were treated to a Black History Month-inspired selection of music performed by Morley’s Big Band.
Hosted by London’s Night Tsar Amy Lamé, with an introduction by Mayor Sadiq Khan, the inaugural Awards recognised achievement in the capital’s adult learning sector.
The Morley Big Band is one of four adult learning Big Bands based at Morley’s Waterloo Centre for Adult Education.
The Band has been at the heart of the London Jazz community for over 60 years and has helped generations of adult learners improve their understanding of the jazz idiom, assisting some to make their first steps in the jazz business.
In its current incarnation the ensemble, led by Flavio Li Vigni, plays beautiful and challenging music including both original compositions and arrangements from Maria Schneider, Thad Jones and Bob Mintzer. This year students of the band are working alongside members of the London Jazz Orchestra to premiere a new composition written for them by Alcyona Mick.
As part of Morley’s celebration of Black History Month, the performance included works by Black musicians Wayne Shorter and Thad Jones: