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Friday 30 November, 7.30pm
Stan Sulzman saxophones, Kit Downes keyboard, Jim Hart vibraphone, Tim Giles drums
Neon Quartet frontman saxophonist Stan Sulzmann’s biography reads like a Who’s Who? of jazz – Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Gordon Beck and US pianist Marc Copeland have all been long-term associates. He has worked with Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs, the New York Composers’ Orchestra, Michael Brecker and the NDR Big Band. A wonderfully lyrical saxophonist, Stan is a much-respected composer and band leader. Pianist Kit Downes is already one of the most talked-about players of his generation, whose work with Troyka has received acclaim way beyond the confines of British jazz. Drummer Tim Giles, playing professionally since he was 11, has backed giants like Art Farmer, Charles McPherson and Peter King. One of the most musical drummers on the scene, Tim truly sculptures sound. Vibist Jim Hart is a founder member of London’s LOOP collective and one of the most in-demand musicians on the British scene, as a soloist and as a sideman. Together the four men bring their own experiences to the quartet to create a truly unique and engaging sound quite unlike any other.
‘A delightful surprise … purposefully hip and vibrant … Hart’s conversations with Downes sound like some of the most seductive piano-vibes dialogues this side of John Lewis’s and Milt Jackson’s in the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet”. Guardian
Progress Theatre and Jazz in Reading are delighted to present a brand new season of jazz concerts at Progress Theatre. The concerts will feature internationally renowned jazz artists and bands in a superb setting. This exciting season is being run alongside a complementary season of concerts at Reading Town Hall. Together, both seasons present a fantastic opportunity to experience the very best of British jazz right on your doorstep.
Tickets £12, £10 concessions
Subject to booking fee