A MEMBER of the British jazz elite will be performing live in Welwyn Garden City this bank holiday weekend.

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The Peter King Quartet plays Herts Jazz Club, at Campus West, this evening (Sunday).

With a career spanning back to the late 1950s, alto player Peter King has remained at the forefront of his craft, having won numerous awards and accolades on his instrument.

His musical pedigree is unrivalled. Drawing musical inspiration from Parker and Coltrane, he has a unique voice in jazz and is without doubt one of the most respected British musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

To that end, he has worked with such legends as Bud Powell, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Milt Jackson, Lalo Schifrin, Frank Foster’s ‘new’ Count Basie Band and the Ray Charles Orchestra.

He has also recorded with the likes of Hampton Hawes, Al Haig, Philly Joe Jones, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn and many others, including Red Rodney, who said of Peter: “He’s got that natural growl in his playing – yet he’s soft and beautiful when he wants to be.”

Joining Peter on alto will be Steve Melling on piano, Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Mark Fletcher on drums.

Tickets cost £11 in advance, £13 on the door and £8 for club members.

Book online at www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk/whatsonstage.html

To bring jazz music to a wider audience, tickets are just £5 for students and under-21s.

Nominated for ‘Best Live Jazz Venue’ in the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, the Herts Jazz concert in the Terrace Suite starts at 8pm.

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