Music and storytelling go together to make each a little more exciting. The Living Story Music Ensemble performed for the first time in the 2011 Manchester Jazz Festival, playing a musical version of Julia Donaldson’s brilliant story, The Smartest Giant in Town. The idea was to offer a family friendly event as part of a great jazz festival without compromising any aspects of the music. With an amazing but highly individual group of musicians performing some strange and quirky tunes, following the wonderful narration and singing of Mary Oliver in some outrageous improvisations it was successful in this performance and at later performances in the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, at the Ribble Valley Jazz Festival and at the Marsden Jazz Festival.
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