Anthony Strong with Espoo Big Band

Tickets from 20 €

With his sharply tailored suit and easy charm, singer-pianist Anthony Strong seems to happily fill the role of “The English Gentleman” often thrust upon him. His swaggering vocals and swinging piano style are matched by an energy that have entertained audiences at his live shows around the world. At April Jazz he will perform one of Finland’s most prominent big jazz orchestras, the Espoo Big Band,

One thing is sure: underneath the crowd-winning stage show, there is a seriously talented musician. The arrangements and orchestrations, up to full big band, were written by Strong himself. His piano playing belies a deep knowledge of the swinging greats – Wynton Kelly, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans – and his vocals have further matured during the course of more than 150 international performances.

Anthony’s formative early years were spent, on scholarships, at 3 of England’s leading music schools, first studying classical music before, eventually, turning to jazz piano. The early obsessions with Peterson, Evans and Kelly eventually led to Frank Sinatra, Mel Tormé and Nat King Cole; singing was the logical next step. Despite the stellar education, it was an out-of-the-blue offer to spend 9-months as understudy to Jerry Lee Lewis in a London West End musical that perhaps shaped his career most noticeably to where it is today, developing a stagecraft and audience rapport that has come to characterise his live show.

Line-up:
Anthony Strong, vocals & piano
Espoo Big Band:
Ville Vannemaa, conductor
Tero Lindberg, trumpet
Mikko Karjalainen, trumpet
Sami Pöyhönen, trumpet
Pemo Ojala, trumpet
Pekka Laukkanen, trombone
Kasperi Sarikoski, trombone
Aaro Huopanen, trombone
Juho Viljanen, trombone
Max Zenger, saxophone
Ari Jokelainen, saxophone
Manuel Dunkel, saxophone
Sampo Kasurinen, saxophone
Janne Murto, saxophone
Jarmo Saari, guitar
Eerik Siikasaari, bass
Rami Eskelinen, drums

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