THEATR ARDUDWY HARLECH

 

St David's Hill,

Harlech,

Gwynedd

LL46 2PU

Commencing 8pm

Admission £7,

Concessions £6,

School Children and

Students' Union members £5

The close harmony sounds of the legendary George Shearing Quintet provide the inspiration for this dazzling line-up of musicians, led by Wales' foremost jazz guitarist, TREFOR OWEN and featuring virtuoso vibraphonist, PAUL SAWTELL. With performing highlights including a sell-out concert at the Brecon Jazz Festival, the quartet captures the essence of Shearing with numbers like East Of The Sun, Laura and Lullaby of Birdland. With ANDY HULME (guitar) and BILL COLEMAN (double bass).

 

When guitarists Trefor Owen and Andy Hulme first performed as a duo some of the glorious numbers

which listeners will hear tonight, 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!”

 

With the addition of Paul Sawtell (vibraphone) and Bill Coleman (double bass), Shades of Shearing goes even further to creating the authentic close harmony sounds of the legendary George Shearing Quintet.

 

This first-class band comes to Harlech following many highly popular performance across the country, including acclaimed appearances at the renowned Swansea Jazzland, at the North Wales International Jazz Guitar Weekend and the Brecon International Jazz Festival. 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 Johnston 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 performances alongside Trefor and American jazz legends at many North Wales International Jazz Guitar Festivals have proved him to be among the

finest of today’s UK players.

 

On double bass, Bill Coleman is without a doubt one of the UK's finest players who has been musical director for many high profile names, including Helen Shapiro and Kiki Dee, and has accompanied numerous internationally renowned musicians including Alan Skidmore, Alan Barnes, Jacqui Dankworth, Clare Teal, Enrico Tomasso , Bruce Adams and was a long-time member of the renowned Kenny Ball band.

 

“Words can only try to convey what a truly glorious set of
numbers and fantastic solos comprise Shades of Shearing” -  
Brecon Jazz Club.