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New Orleans set to come to St John’s in Old Harlow

Lifestyle / Fri 13th Mar 2015 at 12:09pm

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Sammy was already the boy wonder of the clarinet, when he joined Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen at the dawn of the ‘60s. Not content with just gigging around at the highest professional UK level, he went to the very cradle of Jazz, New Orleans, to learn from such masters as George Lewis and Cap’n John Handy.

SAMMY RIMINGTON is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of classic New Orleans style clarinet and saxophone. Over the past 50 years Sammy has made important contributions through his lively and inventive approach to jazz. The New York Times states,

“Sammy Rimington’s playing demonstrates the clarinet’s matchless range of funky virtuosity, which makes jazz’s past as real as its future.”

He is one of the most prolific recording artists in all of jazz, and can be heard on over 170 sessions. Sammy is legendary for creating fascinating and highly rhythmic solos full of great emotional depth.

His broad repertoire is generally drawn from material popularized prior to the 1950’s and consists of a hot mix of pop tunes, swing music, spirituals, blues, stomps and rags.

Performances have been described as sounding reminiscent of everything from a turn of the century Crescent City dance hall to a 50’s Greenwich Village jazz club…and much of what came in between!

Sammy has recently published a book, “Sammy Rimington – A Life in Pictures”.

Sammy first played with John Petters in 1985 at the Square. In 1999 he appeared with John Petters New Orleans All-Stars at the Pakefield Jazz Festival, which was recorded and issued on the CD “Very Live At Pakefield”. He has been a regular guest at John’s festivals over the years.

Featured at Thursdays gig will be the fine Essex based pianist, Tim Huskisson, now a regular and popular visitor to the Arc. Harlow’s own Keith Donald on acoustic double bass and John Petters on drums complete the line-up.

The concert starts at 8:00PM and tickets are only £10 – further details, Tel: 01406 365 731.
Or look on www.traditional-jazz.com

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