December 21 2013 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, October 27, 2013
ACCLAIMED pianist and composer Andrea Vicari makes a welcome return to Welwyn Garden City this weekend.
She will be appearing at Herts Jazz Club, at the Hawthorne Theatre complex, on Sunday night with Andrea Vicari’s Jazz ExTempore.
This is a pan-European band with Croatian guitarist Elvis Stanic, Dutch/Indonesian bass player Rico de Jeer and Bulgarian drummer Hristo Yotsove joining Andrea.
The group was initially formed as a cultural exchange between Croatia and other European countries, with gigs in Croatia at the Zagreb jazz club and Liburnia jazz festival, Bulgaria at Live Club Sofia and Plovdiv jazz festival.
They also played in Holland and at the 2010 Scarborough jazz festival in England. More recently, the group toured Eastern Europe, with visits to Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia and Italy.
The music of Jazz ExTempore draws on the cultures, folk music and compositions of all the band members.
The use of accordion and acoustic guitar gives the music an earthy feel with some beautiful folk melodies. The music is accessible but still has depth and some outstanding playing.
Herts Jazz gigs are at a slightly earlier time this year of 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets cost £3 in advance for students, £8 members, £10 concessions and £11 full. Walk-ups are £5 students, £9 members, £11 concessions and £13 full.
Book online at http://www.hertsjazz.co.uk/octdec2013.html