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Sunderland’s own Bryan Ferry celebrates 40 years in music

Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music performing on stage at the O2 Arena

Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music performing on stage at the O2 Arena

ONE of Wearside’s biggest musical exports is celebrating 40 years in the business.

Washington-born music veteran Bryan Ferry is marking the milestone by releasing a new album inspired by the Jazz age.

Since the former Washington School pupil, 67, moved to London to further his love of the arts, his careers has included three number one albums and 10 top 10 singles with band Roxy Music as well as solo pursuits.

Now the singer songwriter is gearing up to release record, The Jazz Age, performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, in November.

As part of the album, Bryan, who last year received a CBE (right) from the Queen for his career in music, has re-recorded some of his own compositions in the style of the 20s.

Driven by his fascination for the time between the wars known as The Jazz Age, the musician has recorded the songs as instrumentals.

He said: “I started my musical journey listening to a fair bit of jazz, mainly instrumental, and from diverse and contrasting periods.

“I loved the way the great soloists would pick up a tune and shake it up – go somewhere completely different – and then return gracefully back to the melody, as if nothing had happened.

“This seemed to me to reach a sublime peak with the music of Charlie Parker, and later Ornette Colman.

“More recently, I have been drawn back to the roots, to the weird and wonderful music of the 20s – the decade that became known as The Jazz Age.

“After 40 years of making records, both in and out of Roxy Music, I thought now might be an interesting moment to revisit some of these songs, and approach them as instrumentals in the style of that magical period.

“I would like to thank Colin Good and the other outstanding musicians featured on this record for bringing a new and different life to these songs – a life without words.”

 l The Jazz Age will be released on November 26.

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