Call Me Al Quintet

The ‘Call Me Al’ Quintet
showcasing the best of British jazz musicians

Alexander L’Estrange (double bass & MD) has shared the stage with many giants of the British jazz scene including John Dankworth, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Newton, Alan Barnes and Clarke Tracey, also touring the World with The Swingle Singers for their 40th anniversary World Tour in 2003. He formed The ‘Call Me Al’ Quintet in 2008 for the World Premiere of his flagship work Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa! with an aim to showcase the very best of British jazz musicians. The quintet has since performed in hundreds of concerts all over the UK of L’Estrange’s large scale choral works: Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa!, Ahoy! Sing for the Mary Rose and Song Cycle: vive la vélorution! and has recorded four albums for the composer’s own label, andagio. Taking its name from the Paul Simon song on his African-inspired album ‘Gracelands’, at its core is a “rhythm section” of piano, double bass and drums, adding saxophone and percussion for Zimbe!, nautical fiddle and piano accordion for Ahoy! and, for Song Cycle, flute and trumpet.

Give your performance of Zimbe!, Ahoy! or Song Cycle a boost by booking The ‘Call Me Al’ Quintet
To enquire about availability send an email to CMAQ BOOKINGS
Why not also invite Alexander L’Estrange to run a workshop with your choir? 

Call Me Al 5tet

The Call Me Al Quintet at the 100th performance of Zimbe!, November 2012, in Stevenage.

 

 

Call Me Al 5tet with H Dennis

The Call Me Al Quintet at the World Premiere of Ahoy!, June 2013, in Portsmouth, with conductor Sam Gladstone and the actor/comedian Hugh Dennis, who was the narrator for the performance.

 

 

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