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Gershwin Reimagined

with Laura Mvula, Jose James, Troy Miller and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Australia/USA/UK

Friday 31 May, 7:30pm
Saturday 1 June, 7:30pm
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall

Melbourne International Jazz Festival in partnership with the Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra presents music from one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century,
George Gershwin, in Gershwin Reimagined.

Featuring the incredible vocals of Laura Mvula, who has been penned as the Nina Simone of our generation, alongside American jazz and hip hop artist José James, the MSO will perform a series of Gershwin works as interpreted by conductor, composer, producer, and musician Troy Miller.

Brooklyn-born George Gershwin started out plugging songs for Broadway and went on to compose for orchestras and opera. Many of his compositions, such as I Got Rhythm and Summertime from the opera Porgy and Bess, were reinterpreted and are now considered jazz standards. Summertime has been covered by everyone from Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Janis Joplin.

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