Saturday 13 April / Dydd Sadwrn 13 Ebrill
Don’t Miss, from New York,
Exciting Blues Influenced Jazz Guitarist
In concert with
BILL COLEMAN (dbass) & DAVE HASSELL (drums),
plus the close harmony sounds and glorious numbers of
SHADES OF SHEARING
with TREFOR OWEN & ANDY HULME (guitars)
and PAUL SAWTELL (vibes)
CATRIN FINCH CENTRE, GLYNDWR UNIVERSITY,
MOLD ROAD, WREXHAM, LL11 2AW
Admission £8, Concessions £7, School Children £3
Further info: 01745 812260
A NORTH WALES JAZZ PRESENTATION AND INTERNATIONAL JAZZ GUITAR WEEKEND EVENT
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SHADES OF SHEARING
Sharing the bill tonight is Shades of Shearing, a first-class quartet featuring the front line of guitarists Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme and the mellow tones of Paul Sawtell on vibes, who together have succeeded in creating the authentic close harmony sounds of the legendary George Shearing Quintet. Showcasing glorious numbers such as “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, “Laura” and Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood”,
the band has given acclaimed performances at venues including the renowned
Swansea Jazzland and will be playing at Brecon International Jazz Festival in
The line-up for this Saturday evening concert is completed by the first class
rhythm section of Bill Coleman (double bass) and Dave Hassell (drums).
Exciting, Blues influenced jazz guitarist Randy Johnston, whose style melds
Charlie Parker and Dexter Gordon sounds with Gospel and the Blues, has performed with some of the most respected names in music, including Lionel Hampton,
Brother Jack McDuff, Etta Jones and Joey De Francesco.
Randy spent his early years in Detroit, Michigan before moving with his family back to their roots in Richmond, Virginia. To use his own words, “Even though I was a Southerner at heart, the kids there used to beat on me for being a Yankee, so I fought back by practicing the guitar every spare waking moment”.
After studying jazz at the University of Miami, in 1981 Randy moved onto the music scene of the Big Apple, his huge break coming when he met the great Etta Jones and her partner Houston Person in Harlem, an encounter which led to him playing on recordings with many of the best known artistes around and landed him his own recording contract with Muse Records. His 11albums to date, on the Muse, Highnote, J Curve and
Random Act labels, include “Is It You”, “Hit and Run” and “Live at The Smithsonian”.
As well as performing his own concerts across the USA, Europe and Japan, for the past 15 years Randy has toured the world, often alongside jazz organist Lonnie Smith, as a member of the internationally renowned Lou Donaldson Quartet.
“It’s hard to say what’s more impressive: his swiftness, precision or lyricism”: