By Alan Davies
Saturday, October 27, 2012
THERE’S a special treat for music fans at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.
Two giants of the jazz scene unite in a rare collaboration on Sunday night, joined by a world class rhythm section.
The Jim Mullen/Don Weller Quintet plays Herts Jazz Club from 7.45pm.
Jim Mullen is widely regarded as the leading exponent of jazz guitar in this country while tenor sax man Don Weller has been a unique and powerful presence for decades.
Together, they represent a veritable tour de force of this music and it’s a concert not be missed.
Glaswegian guitarist Mullen is a hero to a generation of Brit jazz/funk fans, mainly thanks to his work with late saxophonist Dick Morrissey and their band, Morrissey Mullen, in the late 70s and early 80s.
Since then, Mullen has furrowed a more straight-ahead path, working with Mose Allison, Claire Martin, Jimmy Smith and Georgie Fame and releasing the occasional solo album.
By the late 60s Weller had become an important figure on the UK jazz scene, working extensively with Stan Tracey, Art Themen and others.
During the 70s he continued to play with Tracey, also led his own jazz-rock group, Major Surgery, and regularly played straight jazz gigs with his quartet.
In subsequent decades he continued to lead his quartet and big band, and also worked with Bryan Spring, Bobby Wellins and Alan Barnes, appearing at London clubs and festivals at venues throughout the UK.
Joining Mullen and Weller will be Steve Melling on piano, Andrew Cleyndert on bass and Dave Barry on drums.
Tickets for the concert cost £11 in advance and £13 on the door. Club members pay £8 and tickets are just £5 for students and under-21s.
Book online at http://www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk/whatsonstage.html