Tuesday 25 June/Dydd Mawrth 25 Mehefin
NIKKI ILES AND FRIENDS
Pianist NIKKI ILES, John Dankworth Special Award winner,
gets together with her multi award winning friends,
KAREN SHARP (tenor sax),
DAVE GREEN (double bass) & STEVE BROWN (drums)
CLWYD ROOM, CLWYD THEATR CYMRU,
MOLD, CH7 1YA
Tuesday 25 June/Dydd Mawrth 25 Mehefin
Admission £12, Concessions £10, Schoolchildren £5
Tickets available from Clwyd Theatr Cymru on 01352 755114
A North Wales Jazz Presentation
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This stellar line up, which represents the very best of British jazz and has been delighting festival and concert audiences across the UK, now comes to North Wales. Nikki Iles, whose piano style has been likened to that of the late, great Bill Evans appears alongside three pre-eminent musicians: acclaimed tenor and baritone saxophonist, Karen Sharp, world-class double bassist, Dave Green, and the brilliantly swinging Steve Brown on drums.
Pianist and composer, Nikki Iles progressed into the front rank of British jazz musicians playing alongside distinguished names such as Dick Morrisey, Jim Mullen, Pete King, Scott Hamilton and
Art Farmer. In 1996, she won the John Dankworth Special Award at the BT British Jazz Awards and has recorded numerous CDs as a leader as well as with saxophonist, Stan Sulzmann and the celebrated vocalist, Tina May. She is also a prominent composer and arranger with many commissioned works to her credits, and was a founding member of the Creative Jazz Orchestra.
“...one of the most refreshing and promising figures to have emerged in the UK in recent times,with a liquid sound and supple, obliquely resolved phrasing
as an improviser”
Saxophonist Karen Sharp, since moving to London in 1999, has become a major name on the UK jazz scene, working alongside many top class British and American musicians such as
Scott Hamilton, Sir John Dankworth,
Dame Cleo Laine, Danny Moss, Barbara Lea and Ellyn Rucker. In March 2004 she began a three-year stint in Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, which took her to venues and festivals across the UK and into Europe playing alongside Joe Temperley, Stacey Kent and the great blues singer Elkie Brooks. Other notable appearances include the
2006 Ginza Festival, Tokyo, with
Nikki Iles and Tina May, and the
2007 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. Karen has twice won the tenor saxophone category in the British Jazz Awards, but she is equally at home playing the baritone sax.
Dave Green, a world-renowned double bass player and one of the finest musicians in the UK, rose to prominence in London in the 1960s working with numerous illustrious bands such as those led by Don Rendell,
Stan Tracey and Humphrey Littleton, whilst simultaneously finding time to provide first class accompaniment at Ronnie Scott's jazz club for visiting legendary American musicians likeColeman Hawkins,
Ben Webster, Sonny Rollins, Buck Clayton, Pee Wee Russell and many more. With a CV of this calibre it is clear to see why this multi-award-winning bassist continues to be one the most respected and in-demand musicians in this country and internationally, touring extensively with
Scott Hamilton, the Charlie Watts Quintet and with his own bands.
Steve Brown, one of the most sought-after drummers in the UK, has won a British Jazz Award no less than six times! After spending some time studying in New York with
Carl Allen and John Riley, and then rising to the top of the Manchester jazz scene, Steve moved to London in 1996 where he played with many of the foremost musicians including Harry 'Sweets' Edison and
Conte Candoli. For the last seven years he has toured internationally with great saxman Scott Hamilton and features on Scott’s last five Concord albums, as well as albums with Stacy Kent, Dave Newton and Alan Barnes. He continues to perform and record with artists including Benny Golson, Benny Green and Charles McPherson.
This quartet, which has also produced the album 'Spirit' on Trio Records, is a must for anyone who is interested in swinging, intelligent straight ahead jazz played with sensitivity and commitment, and this performance at Clwyd Theatr Cymru is one not to be missed!