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The Peter King Memorial Sax Summit: Lockett, Sharp, Allen, Blevins & the Deschanel Gordon Trio

Saturday 12th November 2022 - 9:00 pm

Music Charge: £20.00

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This evening is dedicated to one of the greatest saxophonists the UK has ever produced, the brilliant alto player Peter King, who very sadly passed away in 2020. After taking the scene by storm in the early 1960’s with the Ronnie Scott quintet, Peter established himself unequivocally as one of the finest alto saxophonists in the world and led our Sax Summit for well over a decade. Taking over the reins will be the great UK tenor saxophonist Mornington Lockett, who himself performed at the Club with Peter for many years. A former member of the Ronnie Scott quintet, Mornington worked with singer Sarah Jane Morris and the Tracey’s - Stan and Clark - and was the driving force behind the brilliant “Celebrating the Jazz Couriers” quintet. Karen Sharp is universally admired for her melodic, accessible yet distinctive, saxophone playing. Her career took off when she joined the iconic UK trumpet player Humphrey Lyttelton's band, with whom she toured worldwide. She has won several British Jazz Awards and is also a two-time nominee in the Rising Star category of the US Downbeat Critics Poll for baritone sax. Recipient of the Daily Telegraph ‘Young Jazz’ competition award, Simon Allen was also a BBC ‘Young Jazz Musician of the Year’ finalist. Chosen by drummer Clark Tracey to join his acclaimed Quintet, Simon subsequently became a featured saxophonist with the late, great, Stan Tracey's various outfits. He’s also been heard with Robbie Williams, Beverley Knight, Paul McCartney and more. From Australia, Graeme Blevins came to London via New York. An exciting and impressive improvisor, Graeme is recognised as one of the finest saxophonists in the UK, working with the likes of Robbie Williams, Quincy Jones & Jamie Cullum. This rather spectacular line-up will be accompanied by the 2020 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist Deschanel Gordon and his trio.

“Lockett…plays with tremendous fluency and drive” Evening Standard; “Gordon…the piano man to watch” London Jazz News


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