"To achieve great things, two things are needed; a plan, and not quite enough time."
Leonard Bernstein

KBM to publish two John Jansson scores
March 30, 2015

Kevin Bell Music will be publishing two of John's works for big band and solo clarinet. They will among a number of works featured by Kevin Bell Music at the National Concert Band Festival at the Royal Northern College of Music on the weekend of 11th and 12th April.

His arrangement of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and his original composition, Fires on the Beach. Both works are scored for solo clarinet and a 20 piece big band. You can hear Fires on the Beach here.



JJ working on Julian Stringle's new album
March 18, 2015

Julian Marc Stringle and the Dream Band are recording a number of John's arrangements for their next album. Already in the can are John's arrangements of Lennon & McCartney's Yesterday, Jobim's Samba de Uma Nota Só, Gershwin's Walking the Dog and Julian's own composition Song for Claude. And currently nearing completion is a large scale suite for the band arranged from Bernstein's West Side Story.

Release date is yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be in late 2015.



Rave reviews for Lazy Afternoon
March 2, 2015

John's arrangement of the Morross/LaTouche song Lazy Afternoon that appeared on Tina May's highly acclaimed recent album My Kinda Love has been attracting particular attention:

There have been many fine versions of the atmospheric Lazy Afternoon but [this version] is definitive, with a superbly evocative arrangement by John Jansson.
In Tune

Lazy Afternoon, arranged by John Jansson, complete with its Satie-esque piano introduction, is languorous and heartfelt
London Jazz News

the delicious string quartet-cushioned Lazy Afternoon
The Herald Scotland

One of the highpoints of the album is ... 'Lazy Afternoon'

John Jansson's arrangement of 'Lazy Afternoon' was sublime
London Jazz News

Lazy Afternoon ... is a gorgeous performance with a compelling Jansson arrangement.
Jazz Journal