Wednesday 20th November 2013
London Southbank Centre, Purcell Room

The Abram Wilson Foundation and the London Jazz Festival paid tribute to the life and untimely death of New Orleans jazz trumpeter and composer Abram Wilson with a sell out concert celebrating his music from the final years of his career.

Wilson’s repertoire was performed by close friends and musical associates, including members of his talented young rhythm section who accompanied him to such great effect. Reuben James (piano) and Dave Hamblett (drums) are joined by Jason Marsalis (drums), saxophonists Keith Loftis, Peter King and Jean Toussaint, Trevor Mires (trombone), Mark Lewandowski (bass), and a young trumpeter already making his mark in New York, Alphonso Horne.


Keith with sax in forefront

Saxophone Giants: A Tribute to Jazz’s Greatest Saxophonists 
Presented by Keith Loftis, Jean Toussaint, Reuben James, Dave Hamblett and Mark Lewandowski

A sell out tour during October and November 2013 reuniting some of Abram's former band members and celebrating jazz's greatest saxophonists.

Keith Loftis, American tenor player and regular band member for the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Abdullah Ibrahim and Frank Foster, makes his UK debut with Saxophone Giants.  He was joined by the much loved, virtuoso tenor player, Jean Toussaint, former band member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers who has developed his expressive style through performances with such jazz notables as McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis and the Gill Evans Orchestra.  The band was completed by members of the late, great Abram Wilson’s former band, Reuben James – piano and Dave Hamblett – drums, accompanied by new comer and rising star, Mark Lewandowski – double bass.

Through some of the 20th century’s most celebrated saxophonists, including Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and John Coltrane, Loftis and Toussaint blew their audiences away with their clarity of tone, honesty and passion.

“Keith Loftis is just outstanding”…BLOOMBERG NEWS

“Jean Toussaint’s evolution from hard bopper to a player of considerable breadth and warmth has been an engaging exercise to witness”…THE GUARDIAN

Reuben James is "fast becoming Britain's best young jazz pianist"…THE TIMES

Dave Hamblett is full of “energy, sparkling cymbals and a big sound”…LONDONJAZZ

Mark Lewandowski has a "huge vibrant, singing tone…amazing solos with the agility and articulation of a horn player"…NOTTINGHAM EVENING POST

Jean Toussaint - saxophones

Keith Loftis - saxophones

Reuben James - piano

Mark Lewandowski - double bass

Dave Hamblett - drums



27th Oct - Calstock Jazz and Blues Festival, Cornwall

14th Nov - Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking

16th Nov - Bishop Auckland (near Darlington), County Durham

17th Nov - Brighton Dome, Brighton

22nd Nov - Fleece Jazz, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk

23rd Nov - Hull Truck Theatre, Hull

26th Nov - St Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall

28th Nov - The Hospital Club, London (Reuben James, Dave Hamblett and Mark Lewandowski only)

30th Nov - Taliesin, Swansea, Wales

1st Dec - National Centre for Early Music, York