THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
Royal British Legion
£3 (Students’ Union Members & Schoolchildren)
Concerts commence at 8:30pm
For further information telephone
Tuesday 20 October / Dydd Mawrth 20 Hydref
A prodigiously gifted and creative musician, John Etheridge is a virtuoso performer of
world renown, equally at home on acoustic and electric guitars and in a wide array of
During a career of fifty years John has played with Bireli Lagrene, Herb Ellis,
Barney Kessel, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Nigel Kennedy, the
great classical guitarist John Williams and countless others, while his eclectic approach
to music is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording simultaneously with the
iconic Stephane Grappelli and the legendary jazz fusion group Soft Machine.
That John described this period as one of his happiest times in music is evident in two of
his current projects. His 'hot club' style band, 'Sweet Chorus', is a personal homage to
Stephane Grappelli and takes the gypsy jazz form to new and inspiring places, while
'The Soft Machine Legacy', which earlier this year played in Japan, Italy, Brazil and at
London's Ronnie Scott's, is made up of members of the original band and retains all that
made Soft Machine one of the most important fusion bands ever.
John also features in 'The Zappatistas', playing the music of Frank Zappa with John
excelling in the great man's role, while his duos with the legendary classical guitarist,
John Williams, have led to acclaimed recordings and sell-out world tours. John's stature
as a musician is recognised by the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London's Soho, who give
him an annual residency and where he has just appeared with both of these projects, as
well as with 'Sweet Chorus' in September.
Despite such a hectic schedule John still finds time to perform at jazz clubs throughout
the country, playing with local bands and dazzling audiences with his solo guitar work, a
discipline for which he has developed a unique approach, employing a number of
different guitars and techniques.
For his two North Wales Jazz concerts, at the Royal British Legion, Llay, Wrexham and
the Victoria Hotel, Menai Bridge, John Etheridge, whose influences range from Django
through Joe Pass and Wes Montgomery to John Maclaughlin will be joined by the
North Wales Jazz Quartet, featuring Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme (guitars),
Frank Grime (double bass) and Dave Hassell (drums).
“A master guitarist at work...a player capable of creating the elegant and the
profound.”- Stuart Nicholson, The Observer