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UMO Helsinki plays Buddy Rich: Big Swing Face at Vuotalo

Finnish Jazz Federation uploaded this event on April 1, 2020


Mosaiikkitori 2


Tue, October 27, 2020

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UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra will go back to the basics of big band music, limelighting the brilliance of Buddy Rich Big Band. The concert will see the Yrjö- and Emma-winning Markus Ketola sit behind the drumkit as the Buddy Rich of UMO Helsinki. Ketola has played the drums for the orchestra since 1993. Antti Rissanen who also has a long history in leading UMO Helsinki will take the conductor’s podium. Ready yourself for such classics as Straight No Chaser, Love For Sale and, the title number, Big Swing Face.
American Bernard “Buddy” Rich (1917–1987) has been considered the finest drummer in the world, acclaimed particularly for his virtuoso technique, whirlwind-like speed and snappy touch on the snare drum. According to a legend Rich only played when he was performing. Then again, if you take up your instrument at the age of 18 months – as he is told to have done – why would you waste time practising? Known as a worldly showman and a funny personality, Rich could also be an extremely critical and demanding musician and band leader who would not accept mediocrity. During his career he collaborated with virtually every superstar of jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra....

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