Talented pianist to open 2014 concert season in Welwyn Garden City

Reuben James will play Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

Reuben James will play Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City

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An incredibly talented musician will open the 2014 Herts Jazz Club season in Welwyn Garden City this evening (Sunday).

The Reuben James Trio plays Herts Jazz Club tonight (Sunday) from 7.30pm at Campus West.

A spokesman for Herts Jazz Club said: “We make a great start to 2014 with the incredible talent that is Reuben James.”

Reuben began playing piano and violin when he was just five and was raised on an eclectic mix of music including jazz, gospel, neo soul, hip hop, RnB and classical music.

His professional journey began in church, where he would play every week honing his skills in improvisation and the blues.

This eventually led him to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Reuben made a big splash at the Herts Jazz Festival last year with his trio.

Still a student at Trinity Laban, he first played in Welwyn Garden City with the late Abram Wilson.

He is regarded as one of the most exciting performers on the scene, drawing inspiration from gospel, soul and, of course, a healthy dose of jazz piano masters.

Joining Reuben will be Fergus Ireland on bass and Ed Richardson on drums.

Due to refurbishment work at Campus West, Herts Jazz gigs will be in a more intimate space this season with a smaller capacity, so early booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

Advance tickets cost £11 full, £10 concessions, £8 members and £3 students. Walk-ups will cost £5 students, £9 members, £12 concessions and £13 full.

Book online at www.hertsjazz.co.uk/currentseason.html

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