THE VICTORIA HOTEL

 

The family run Vic offers excellent accommodation, great food and a very warm welcome. Why not come early and treat yourself to dinner, available from 6pm,

or even stay the night?

Info/Reservations:

www.vicmenai.com/croeso.html

Tel 01248 712309

 

The Victoria Hotel

Telford Road

Menai Bridge

Isle Of Anglesey

LL59 5DR

Concert commmences 8.30pm

 

Admission £6.50, Concessions £5.50

S U Members and School Children £3

 

For further information telephone

01745 812260

Wednesday 20 May / Dydd Mercher 20 Mai

DEAN MASSER + Quartet

Tenor saxophonist DEAN MASSER, a commanding player with a big sound and an

engaging stage manner is, like the title of his first album as a leader suggests, very

much “Old School”, continuing the legacy of the music he was exposed to from an

early age: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and the sounds of players like Ben Webster,

Lester Young and Eddie Lockjaw Davis.

 

When he started to play saxophone in his teens he was drawn to the big-toned, hardswinging

styles of Dexter Gordon and, later, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane,

Johnny Griffin and Stanley Turrentine that can be heard in

his own playing today.

 

After studying at the City of Leeds College of Music for three years

Dean became a member of the Jack Parnell Quartet which recorded a live album

during a week-long stint at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London’s Soho. Since then he

has played alongside many of the leading names in British jazz including

Kenny Baker, Gerard Presencer, Clark Tracey, Don Weller and Mark Nightingale,

and is a long-standing member of the Andy Prior big band.

 

Dean has performed at numerous prestigious venues and festivals and has many

television and radio appearances to his credit. In 2010 he released his album

“Old School”, to great acclaim, with pianist Max Turnbull, double-bassist

Malcolm Creese and drummer Paul Robinson, with special guests,

vocalists Andy Prior and Jenny Russell.

 

He can also be heard evoking the classic jazz sounds of the 50s and 60s in

The Jazz Worriers, a band that combines the artistry and witty stage banter that

Britain became famous for in the 1960s, which he co-leads

with trumpeter Neil Yates.

 

A perpetual student of his instrument, Dean recently began studying with renowned

US jazz pianist and educator, Hal Galper, in further pursuit of complete authenticity

as a player.

 

For this concert he will be joined by a quartet comprised of DAVE SALTRESE

(keyboards), ANDY HULME (guitar), ED HARRISON (double bass)

and ERYL ROBERTS (drums).