Karen Sharp Quintet
Saturday 19 November 2022 8pm Livermead House Hotel
Karen Sharp, on tenor and baritone saxophones, will be joined by local saxophonist Jade Gall to pay tribute to some of the most iconic double saxophone albums of the jazz age.
Karen Sharp is a prominent figure on the UK Jazz scene since 2000, Karen is well known and admired for her melodic, full-toned saxophone playing, winning the British Jazz Awards for best tenor saxophonist on numerous occasions and appearing as a nominee in the rising star category of the Downbeat Critics Poll for baritone sax in 2018 and 2019.
Her career took off when she was asked to join Humphrey Lyttelton’s band with whom she toured the UK and Europe for four years. During this period Karen also worked hard to establish her own quintet, touring the festival and club circuit and recording the first of 6 albums as a leader.
Very quickly Karen began appearing as a soloist working alongside musicians such as John and Jacqui Dankworth, Ken Peplowski, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Nikki Iles, Esther Miller, Jeremy Pelt, Howard Alden, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache, Scott Robinson and Harry Allen.
“Sharp loves melody, whether composed or improvised, as reflected in her relaxed and natural phrasing” — Downbeat Magazine February 2019
Line up: Karen Sharp – Tenor & Baritone Saxophone, Jade Gall – Tenor Saxophone, Martin Jenkins – Keyboard, Al Swainger – Bass, Coach York – Drums