Celebrating 50 years of swing from Australia’s big-band king!
Long before Postmodern Jukebox put its retro arrangements over contemporary songs, a trombonist called Ed Wilson spent the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s swinging, rocking, and funking with jazz standards and pop songs. After playing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the ABC Dance Band, Ed’s career exploded in 1969 via the iconic Daly–Wilson Big Band, Australia’s most successful jazz big band.
The Daly-Wilson Big Band is an important part of Australian music history and leaves behind a legacy of half a dozen albums and indelible memories of sensational live shows.
Back then, it was albums with vocalists Marcia Hines, Kerrie Biddell, and Ricky May and the nation’s very best big-band players; now, there would hardly be a musician across the nation who hasn’t played pieces penned by the master arranger himself.
Ed has worked with some of the biggest names in showbiz: Frank Sinatra, Sammi Davis jnr, Liza Minelli, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, and Tom Jones to name a few. Ed was an integral member of the orchestras of major television shows including the Don Lane show, Geoff Harvey’s band at channel 9, and Tommy Tycho’s band at channel 7, and is still one of the most sought-after session trombonists in Australia.
This performance features custom arrangements by Ed Wilson for the Canberra Wind Symphony in this special celebration tour, including favourites “Hey Jude”, “The Sunny Side of the Street”, “What a Wonderful World”, and plenty more, ranging from Lionel Ritchie to Mancini and a jazzed-up Beethoven.
Saturday, 31 August 2019 from 16:00-17:30
Sat Aug 31
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Street Theatre