‘ORTHOPAEDIC sax’ is on the bill next week as Burton’s newest jazz club continues to go from strength to strength.
Jazz-at-the-turn, which launched at the National Brewery Centre in Horninglow Street, in February, has already begun to attract some of the top names on the UK jazz scene.
At this month’s gig, on Wednesday (18), the club, which is held in the venue’s Brewery Tap bar, hosts a concert featuring orthopaedic consultant surgeon and world-class saxophonist Art Themen.
The veteran performer was involved in the Brit trad-jazz scene in Manchester in the late 1950s before embracing a more modern style when he attended Cambridge University in the early 60s.
Since then, he has continued to perform at some of the top jazz venues in the UK and USA, at the same time as maintaining his medical career.
However, having now retired from medicine, he is able to devote all his energies to his first love — jazz.
Themen has worked alongside some of the greats in a wide range of jazz styles including Alexis Korner, Cream’s Jack Bruce, Chuck Berry, Mick Jagger and others.
The ever popular performer returns this month with Oxford-based rhythm section 3bpm, featuring Martin Pickett on piano, Burton’s own Paul Jefferies, who is organising the event, on bass and Ben Twyford on drums.
Jefferies said: “Art has a full-blooded, yet lyrical tone, swings like there’s no tomorrow and he’s one of the best raconteurs in the business — people can expect a fun packed musical evening at the Brewery Tap.”
Jazz-at-the-Turn hosts monthly jazz sessions at the venue on the third Wednesday of every month. Doors open at 7pm with concerts starting at 8pm. Entry is £6.
More information is available online at www.jazzturn.wordpress.com while information on bookings is available by calling Paul Jefferies on 07710 545555.