Classic Jazz & Meze | Tim Whitehead/Giovanni Mirabassi Quartet

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Saturday 16th November 2019

7:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Seated dining from 7pm
  • Performance 8 till 10pm
  • Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Meze Menu served until 9:30pm
  • Doors open to the public free of charge at 10pm

Tim Whitehead has played extensively throughout the UK and Europe, and in the USA with American pianist Phil DeGreg. In the 70s he toured with Ian Carr’s Nucleus and Graham Collier Music and won the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award with his own band South of the Border in 1977.

In the 80s he was a member of the groundbreaking big band Loose Tubes and developed his own bands featuring at different times John Parricelli, Django Bates, Nic France and Pete Jacobsen. In the 90s he recorded ‘Authentic and Silence Between Waves’ with Dave Barry, Pete Jacobsen and Arnie Somogyi, and received The Andrew Milne Award for Jazz.

Tim’s 1999 ‘Personal Standards’ album received widespread interest and critical praise including Jazz Album of the Year in the BBC Music Magazine.

‘Those of us who have caught him live ... have been left in blinking disbelief. It's not just his mastery of the tenor saxophone, phenomenal though it is, but the absolute conviction of his playing that is so impressive.’ - Dave Gelly - Observer/BBC

Early in 2005, Tim toured with the award-winning Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi. They released their album ‘Lucky Boys’ in the UK and Japan in 2006 and continue to work together in the UK and Europe, Tim saying of working with Giovanni: ‘the dividing lines of origin blur in favour of articulating the true expression of the feeling.’

A self-taught Paris-based Italian pianist whose technique is grounded in the example of his compatriot Enrico Pieranunzi and the modern masters Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. Giovanni Mirabassi has enjoyed considerable international success and is hugely popular in Japan and South Korea.

In 2001 he recorded his first solo album ‘Avanti!’, which won him the prestigious Victoires du Jazz in 2002. His album “air”, a trio with Glenn Ferris and Flavio Boltro was voted best album of the year 2003 by the Django Reinhardt Academy of Jazz.

In 2006, Tim and pianist Giovanni Mirabassi recorded the album ‘Lucky Boys’ with co-leader status and sharing the compositional duties. Oli Hayhurst played bass and Milo Fell was on drums. They’ve toured together in UK and France and recently did a gig in Paris to celebrate the 20th year of Giovanni’s career. They’re now planning to rekindle their professional relationship with a tour here in the UK.

Ian Mann (The Jazz Mann) writes:
Music that speaks rather than shouts... Whitehead’s relatively straight ahead blowing over Mirabassi’s stabbing chords and Fell’s chattering percussion.
Whitehead and Mirabassi play “Imagine” in a duo context. The two players take the tune to places that Lennon could never have imagined (pun intended). The playing and interaction is incredible...
A high quality album with excellent original writing by the two leaders and sparkling playing by all concerned.

John Fordham (The Guardian) writes:
There’s an earthiness mixing with lyricism in Tim Whitehead's playing... and the early- Jarrett drive of gifted Italian pianist Giovanni Mirabassi... Sax hoots over restlessly flying piano figures, intertwining group improv, and beautiful Whitehead closing solo of long, falling-cadence lines.

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