PART OF EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL 2022!
Fantastically playful, inventive and one of Britain’s leading tenor saxophonists for over 50 years,** Art Themen** performs with his trio from the latest album ‘Thane and the Villeins’, with organist, Pete Whittaker and drummer, George Double.
"A first-rate trio..an excellent set..Themen is one of the very few totally original, utterly engaging jazz musicians around" ** Dave Gelly - THE OBSERVER**
Exciting and innovative saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for many years, famously combining his role as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with saxophone duties in the bands of Alexis Korner and Stan Tracey among many others. Described by The Observer as "One of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians”, he remains as brilliant and inimitable as ever...
*Art Themen (Saxophone). * Born in Lancashire in November 1939, Art played clarinet at school and in 1958 went to Cambridge University to study medicine where he played in the University jazz group. He moved to London in1961 to study at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School and began to play on the London scene with Dave Gelly, Alexis Korner and Graham Bond. He successfully combined his medical career as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with being a popular jazz musician. He began working with Stan Tracey in 1974 and continued with various Tracey groups until 1995. He was now playing soprano sax and sopranino sax as well as the more usual tenor sax......
*Pete Whittaker (Organ). * Hammond Organist Pete Whittaker studied music at the University of East Anglia, gaining a masters degree in electroacoustic composition. Having harboured since his mid-teens a subconscious love of jazz, Pete became very much into the genre while at college. The sound of those old Blue Note and Verve albums from the 1950s and 60s grabbed Pete by his charity-shop lapels and made him determined to recreate the sounds for himself.....
*George Double (Drums). * George's playing and recording credits include Dame Shirley Bassey, Grammy Award Winner Jack Jones, Marc Almond, Mica Paris, Ruthie Henshall, and Kym Mazelle. His West End and touring theatre record includes stints on Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Avenue Q, Sinatra and Anything Goes...
*Video links * Video clip: https://youtu.be/0PVffJtt3J8?t=14
Video trailer: https://youtu.be/IaVe-ewSpls
Doors open at 7pm, music from 8pm.
Please book a ticket in advance.
Venue: McQueens Theatre, 4 Coburg Road, London N22 6UJ Nearest tube/rail: Wood Green (tube); Alexandra Palace (rail) A
Fresh Air Ventilation System is installed throughout the premises.
The gig is presented by Collage Arts Karamel N22 Sessions.
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