Svengali were formed in 1988 as a tribute to the late Gil Evans, the inspirational big band leader and composer/arranger.
Svengali has worked with top trumpeter Guy Barker (at Ronnie Scotts and the Fiddle ‘N Bone in Birmingham) and saxophonist Andy Sheppard in a project supported by Birmingham Jazz, West Midlands Arts, and the Musicians' Union.
The musicians are drawn from all fields of music (classical, jazz and rock) reflecting the incredible variety of the chosen repertoire, from Genesis to Don Grolnick, Chick Corea to Chicago, including of course recreations of Gil Evans' own pioneering work for big-band.
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