Royal Conservatoire Big Band - All time favourites from the Royal Conservatoire Archives


  • Snibor - Ellington/Strayhorn
  • Baubles, Bangles and Beads – Wright/Forrest, arr. Rob Pronk
  • Heartland – Pat Metheny, arr. Peter Herbolzheimer
  • Simone - Frank Foster
  • Fingers - Thad Jones
  • Sally O - Peter Herbolzheimer
  • Where or When - Lorenz Hart arr. Quincy Jones, featuring Herman Otten, vocals
  • Chelsea Bridge/Single Petal of a Rose - Ellington/Strayhorn, featuring Luca Warmer, vocals


  • Kristians Kalva, Reinis Ausmanis, Niccolo Angioni, Jurgen Scholtanus: trumpet
  • Yiannis Marinos, Hugo Santos, Gerard Piera, Helgi Haukson: trombone
  • Tomas Boto, Nicholas Georgiou, Pietro Mirabassi, Jaume Pineda Soler, Davide Sgarra: sax
  • Julien Palluel: piano
  • Dani Font: guitar
  • Lidija Strika: bass
  • David Puime: drums
  • Herman Otten: vocal
  • Luca Warmer: vocal

Royal Conservatoire Big Band conductor John Ruocco about his choice of material: “Snibor from the Ellington/Strayhorn book is a relaxed chart with alto sax and trumpet solos. Baubles Bangles and Beads is a swinging Rob Pronk arrangement with a sax tutti and a chorus of trading between the brass and saxophones. Heartland by Pat Metheny, arranged by Peter Herbolzheimer is a fusion chart with various soloists. Simone is a Frank Foster original. A waltz in the style of the Coltrane/Elvin Jones 3/4 tunes. Fingers by Thad Jones is an up-tempo swinger featuring the sax section and various soloists. Sally O is an original by Peter Herbolzheimer written for Carl Drewo, an Austrian alto saxophonist.”

The two vocal soloists, Herman Otten and Luca Warmer, chose their own arrangements.

Herman Otten: “When I received the invitation to sing with the Big Band, I immediately knew that I wanted to do a tune that was sung and popularized by Frank Sinatra. To me, he was the Big Band singer, bringing so much energy to the stage. Looking forward to giving my own twist to this song!”

Luca Warmer: “I first heard Chelsea Bridge sung by Sarah Vaughan with the Terry Gibbs Orchestra. She sings it with so much dedication and sound nuances that I think I can feel what she felt when singing it, without her singing a single word. I chose to combine this beautiful standard with the intro of A Single Petal Of A Rose, a gorgeous Ellington suite.”



16 oktober 2020 20.00 - 21:00


Kees van Baarenzaal, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, 2595CA, Den Haag

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