Ferry will take you on a journey of jazz that’s inspired by the past

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A typically refined evening is promised in Sheffield when Bryan Ferry visits the city on his first national tour in more than five years.

The Roxy Music founder is dropping by at the City Hall next Thursday to support his latest album, The Jazz Age, from which selections were used in director Baz Luhrmann’s recent film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Ferry will be backed by his usual solo band as well as the specially-assembled Bryan Ferry Orchestra, performing songs from across his entire 40-year career, some rearranged in a 1920s jazz style.

“I seem to be continually drawn to the past for inspiration,” said the songwriter when interviewed earlier this year.

“Earlier in my career I had explored the music and culture of the 1930s, and this time I felt like going back even further, to the roots of the music that I love. I wanted the album to cover all aspects of my career, both with Roxy Music and as a solo artist.

“I would hope that fans of the originals would be amused and entertained by hearing them done in a different light, in the same way as they seem to have enjoyed some of my covers of songs written by other artists. I’ve always been of the belief that a good song can be approached in a variety of ways, and that was the premise behind this project.”

The Jazz Age album features alternative takes on Ferry standards such as Do The Strand, Slave To Love, Avalon and Virginia Plain.

Bryan has said he is ‘looking forward’ to the new tour - and that the next Roxy reunion might have to wait a while.

“I look back on my Roxy Music years with great affection, but for the moment I’m very busy with my solo career.”

The 68-year-old last appeared at the City Hall in 2007 promoting his LP of Bob Dylan covers, Dylanesque, and first appeared at the venue in March 1973 with Roxy Music in the week their album For Your Pleasure was released.

Tickets for the City Hall gig are still available, priced £35 to £65 - visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Bryan-Ferry- or call 0114 2789 789 to book.