Art Themen/Xhosa Cole Sextet
'His tenor solos stood out a mile, conveying a precociously warm tone and a natural fluent phrasing which seemed to exude jazz history'.
Selwyn Harris on Xhosa Cole, Jazzwise
...and talking of hot tickets, there can't be many more smokingly ablaze than new star tenorist Zoza Kole, winner of the BBC Jazz Award in 2018.
Just 22 years of age, Midlands-born Cole is a musician firmly of his time, described in Jazzwise magazine as 'looking out from the past towards the future.' With an eye on what's to come he's already expressing an interest in electronics and mixing genres, but for this gig he's operating smack in the middle of the great jazz tenor saxophone tradition; indeed, he's sharing a stage with a man who represents exactly that, fellow tenor Art Themen.
Clark Tracey has long delighted in engineering these cross-generational jazz trysts, thumbing his nose at all those who think generational opposites can't find common ground, but tonight's gig promises to be something special. Kole and Themen are both exceptional tenor saxophonists, separated by nothing more than age and experience (Art is almost sixty years his partners senior!). Musically, they'll be talking the lingua franca of Hard Bop, tackling compositions by heroes like Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Hank Mobley.
It could well be the saxophone summit of the year.
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Sunday September 29, 5:15pm
- > Art Themen - Reeds
- > Sarah Tandy - Piano
- > Nigel Price - Guitar
- > Arnie Somogyi - Double Bass
- > Clark Tracey - Drums
- > Xhosa Cole - Tenor Saxophone