Art Themen Trio
Venue: Livermead Cliff Hotel, Seafront, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 6RQ Doors 7.30pm Music 8.00pm This is a seated event. Seats are unallocated.
Bar meals are available, ordering advised. Checkout their menu here
Tuesday 14 May 2024 8pm.
Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torquay
A fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for over 60 years, famously combining his role as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with saxophone duties in the bands of Alexis Korner and Stan Tracey among many others. Described by The Observer as “One of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians”, he remains as brilliant and inimitable as ever.
Themen’s trio Thane & The Villeins features organist Pete Whittaker, formerly of The Nigel Price Organ Trio, and drummer George Double who has worked as sideman to Shirley Bassey and Jack Jones. The band’s groove-led re-imaginings of quirky curiosities from the jazz canon act as a perfect vehicle for the twinkly mischief of this genuine grandee of British jazz and have delighted crowds at Ronnie Scott’s, The Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Pizza Express Dean St and across the UK.
“A first-rate trio..an excellent set..Themen is one of the very few totally original, utterly engaging jazz musicians around” **** Dave Gelly – The Observer
“Themen, a veteran master now, in such eloquent form” **** Peter Vacher – Jazzwise
“Cracking album…In any other country he’d be regarded as a national treasure” Leonard Weinrich – London Jazz News
“Boistrous and inventive as ever..funky and swinging” Hi Fi News & Record Review