FESTIVAL SWINGS AT THE PINDER HALL
modern jazz evening on Sunday April 26th was a swinging
success with over 130 people sitting in the Pinder Hall in a cabaret
atmosphere with tables and candles.
Vasilis Xenopoulos, a 29 year old tenor saxophone star brought
his quintet from London. Vasilis
is Greek and studied at Berklee College, Boston.
Other alumni include Quincy Jones, Diana Krall and Branford
Marsalis. The quintet
plays a wide range of jazz including standards like ‘Caravan’ and
‘Sunny Side of the Street’ as well as blues and funk.
Unusually they have a male singer, Michael L Roberts, who has a
cool and hip style influenced by Jon Hendricks and Mark Murphy and
makes skilful use of the microphone -a rare ability!
His scat singing and interplay with Vasilis’ tenor was
outstanding – these young men really enjoy the music.
The international contribution was added to by the Hammond
Organ player, Sam Gamberini, who comes from Italy.
A rare instrument in groups, the organ gives great depth to the
ensemble as well as an emphatic bass line.
The other players were a fine guitarist, Nigel Price and a
lively drummer, Chris Nickolls. The evening was compered by local jazz trombonist, Clive
Burton, who runs a regular evening at the Hedsor Social Club every
Thursday. The hall was
transformed by skilful use of lighting by Dennis Boothman.
The evening was another outstanding success for the Festival.
to Gerry Clarke whose photos of the evening can be seen (and