“…for its musical splendors alone “Gatsby” is a remarkable event, an evening of explosive, ticklish and swooning live jazz (songs of the era, filled out with Novick’s compositions), played with a verve to spark your thirst for hooch.“ – Washington Post
Come enjoy the music to Billy Novick’s original score for The Great Gatsby (sorry no room for dancers!).
About the Ballet
In 2010 The Washington Ballet commissioned Billy Novick to create a 1920’s period musical score for their original production of The Great Gatsby. The score includes some 1920‘s hot jazz classics (The Charleston, Happy Feet and more), some popular music of the era, and some of Novick’s era-specific original music.
The ballet was premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and it was a rousing success, selling out seven shows and garnering rave reviews. Since then, the ballet has been performed over thirty times throughout the US.
The Blue Syncopators is a seven-piece group created specifically for performing the Gatsby score and is comprised of some of the finest traditional jazz musicians in the country. They are joined by a real dynamo of a singer, Gabriela Martina. The band started performing the score in concert without the dancers in 2012, and audiences have discovered that the score by itself is incredibly entertaining.
About Billy Novick
Billy Novick has had a whirlwind career in music for the past 40 years as a performer, studio musician, arranger, and composer. As a performer, he has impressed audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia with his soulful, lyrical jazz clarinet and sax. His musical collaboration with guitar wizard Guy Van Duser has resulted in frequent appearances on the Prairie Home Companion radio show and a feature-length interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 1986, Mr. Novick joined the internationally-acclaimed New Black Eagle Jazz Band, and continues to perform with them.
He has recorded seventeen albums under his own name, and, as a studio musician, has been featured as a sideman on more than 250 recordings and over 100 film and television soundtracks. His many film credits as arranger or composer include Eight Men Out, Music of the Heart, and The Opposite of Sex . Novick’s jug band adaptation of Peter and the Wolf , with Dave Van Ronk narrating, premiered in New York’s Lincoln Center.
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