“His ideas (are) eclectic in an unpredictable style that has outlasted the Coltrane clones of his generation,” wrote the London Evening Standard’s Jack Massarick when reviewing a performance by tenor saxophonist Art Themen.
A stalwart of the British jazz scene for more than 50 years, Mancunian Art’s saxophone style originally owed much to the influence of Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins, but later influences included such disparate saxophonists as Coleman Hawkins, Evan Parker and John Coltrane.Art was inspired to take up the saxophone after attending a gig by the John Dankworth 7 and initially played with the Cambridge University Jazz Group – with bandmates including Lionel Grigson, Dave Gelly and Dick Heckstall-Smith – and then in London accompanying blues musicians Jack Bruce and Alexis Korner.
In 1974 Art entered what was to be one of his central musical relationships when he linked up with Stan Tracey, playing and touring with all of his groups.
During his illustrious career, Art has played with the Peter Stuyvesant Jazz Orchestra, Michael Garrick, Ian Carr and Graham Collier, and toured with visiting US musicians, including Nat Adderley, Red Rodney, George Coleman and Al Haig.
Art’s new Organ Trio – which has released the quirkily titled CD, Thane And The Villeins – features the soulful organ groves of Pete Whittaker and drummer George Double.
Expect mischief and twinkly charm from a genuine treasure of British jazz.
when & where
- Jun 14, 2020, 19:30 - 22:30
Colchester Arts Centre Jazz Club
Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF
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- £15 / £13 Concessions / £6 Students
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