When guitarists Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme first performed some of the glorious numbers such as “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”, “Laura” and Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood”, the audience reaction was, “You’ve really captured the Shearing Sound there!"

For this evening’s concert they have added the mellow tones of vibes player Paul Sawtell to create the even more authentic close harmony sounds of the legendary
George Shearing Quintet.

Mid Wales based Paul Sawtell, who has had a love affair with the instrument going back to the 1980’s and is also well-known as a jazz pianist, has worked with a wide range of celebrated performers, from Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones to the
BBC Radio Big Band, Kenny Ball, Syd Lawrence and a host of internationally renowned jazz soloists, including Herb Geller and Peter King.

Trefor Owen, Wales’s premier jazz guitarist, has toured the UK with such American guitar greats as Mundell Lowe and Randy Johnstone and performed extensively in the USA, appearing in San Francisco and LA, at the Classic American Guitar Show, New York and the prestigious Jazz Cafe, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, whilst fellow guitarist Andy Hulme’s accomplished performance alongside Trefor and American jazz legends at the latest North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festival proved him to be among the finest of today’s UK players. Andy is a member of popular jazz groups BBQ and the Brownfield/Byrne Hot Six.

Trefor and Andy’s latest CD, Shades of Shearing, is due for imminent release.

Completing the line-up tonight is a favourite player with North Wales jazz audiences, Bill Coleman on double bass.