John Etheridge's "Blue Spirits" Organ Trio ft. Special Guest Art Themen
Wednesday 15th December 2021 - 8:00 pm
Music Charge: £14.00
“A virtuoso on acoustic and electric guitars”
An iconic figure on the UK jazz scene, John Etheridge first came to prominence in the mid 70’s with the classic fusion band “Soft Machine”. During the same time - demonstrating his remarkable and now well-documented versatility - he also spent a number of years touring with the celebrated swing jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. In recent years he has been busy performing and recording as a solo artist and with his own bands, notably the “Zappatistas” (his tribute to Frank Zappa), “Sweet Chorus” dedicated to Stéphane and “Soft Machine”, with whom he still appears. A master guitarist he includes work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pat Metheny and John Williams on his extensive CV. The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Mike Gorman (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jim Mullen, Mornington Lockett) on organ (a superb accompanist as well as soloist) and in demand drummer George Double. And just to add something very special to this already impressive evening John has invited one of the UK's most respected jazz musicians, the saxophonist Art Themen (Stan Tracey), to join him. This is unquestionably live music at its very best.
“One of the best guitarists in the world” Pat Metheny; “gifted…spectacular” The Times; “…a master guitarist…brilliant” The Observer; “A virtuoso on acoustic and electric guitars” Time Out; “Themen…excellent...thrilling” Jazz UK