Art Themen Quartet (sax)
Tribute to the Three Tenors
A nostalgic look at the music of the Blue Note Era and the classic repertoire of the three tenor sax giants John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and Joe Henderson. Much of this music was recorded at the classic Englewood cliffs Studio by the great visionary engineer Rudy Van Gelder. The bold harmonies and rhythms, the improvisational language and the spirit in which this music came together will be forever etched in western music history books.
A self-taught musician, Art Themen played tenor saxophone with a university jazz band while studying medicine at Cambridge.
After qualifying as a doctor, he moved to London and in the early 60s played in several blues and R&B bands. During this period he worked with Alexis Korner, Phil Seamen, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker and Long John Baldry. In the late 60s and early 70s his musical direction shifted towards jazz and he played with Barbara Thompson, Michael Garrick, Henry Lowther and Graham Collier.
In 1974 he began a long and particularly fruitful association with Stan Tracey, which continued into the 90s. He has also accompanied numerous visiting US jazzmen, including Al Haig, Red Rodney, George Coleman and Nat Adderley. A highly individual playing style marks Themen’s performances.
£15 | £13 conc
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Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 4PF
Thu 27 January