July 31 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, June 1, 2014
An unusual trio will entertain music lovers in Welwyn Garden City this evening (Sunday).
The Martin Speake Trio, consisting of alto saxophone, guitar and drums, is set to play Herts Jazz Club at the Hawthorne Theatre complex, Campus West, tonight.
The trio brings together all of Martin’s musical influences, alongside his favourite musical partners. The three musicians – Martin on alto, Mike Outram on guitar and Jeff Williams on drums – are committed to improvising in the moment and will feature compositions from their latest double CD, Always A First Time, which is available on Martin’s Pumpkin label.
Meditative ballads, trance like grooves, free improvisation, jazz standard songs, Arabic influenced music, heavy metal guitar, unaccompanied solos from each player and more are featured in this unique and intimate trio.
Martin Speake is one of the most interesting and rewarding alto saxophonists now playing jazz.
US drummer Jeff Williams “has a sound that seamlessly blends a sinewy, propulsive rhythmic sense with a masterful appreciation of space and atmosphere”.
Mike Outram is widely acknowledged as ranking in the top flight of guitarists.
Advance tickets cost £3 students, £8 members, £10 concessions and £11 full.
Walk-ups cost £5 students, £9 members, £11 concessions and £13 full.
Book online at www.hertsjazz.co.uk/currentseason.html
The concert starts at 7.30pm.