SAXOPHONE GIANTS – TOUR KICKS OFF AT CALSTOCK JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
On Sunday 27th October we begin the start of a ten date tour, labelled Saxophone Giants which will be headed up by the much loved, virtuoso tenor player Jean Toussaint, former band member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. He will be joined by two more recent members of Wilson’s band, rising star, Reuben James, who the Times said, “…is fast becoming Britain’s best young jazz pianist” and the highly respected drummer Dave Hamblett. Completing the group will be Toussaint’s long-time bandmate, Larry Bartley on double bass.
The tour, which starts on 27th October and runs until the beginning of December, is an opportunity to celebrate the life of my husband, Abram and pay tribute to some of the greatest saxophone players in the history of jazz, including Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and John Coltrane.
As we enter November, the line-up will change slightly to include Abram’s long time friend and bandmate from his New York days, American saxophonist Keith Loftis and the young, but extremely talented Mark Lewandowski on double bass.
The tour will be an emotional one for me, but something I felt driven to do. I wanted to honour my husband and his memory by supporting something he lived for and loved. This led me to reunite some of Abram’s band members, old and new, to finish something that he couldn’t. And so, this Sunday, it begins. I very much hope to see some of you there.
FULL TOUR DATES 2013
27th October, 8PM – Calstock Jazz and Blues Festival, Cornwall (Jean Toussaint, Reuben James, Dave Hamblett, Larry Bartley)
14th November, 8:30PM – Watermill Jazz Club, Dorking
16th November, 7:30PM – Bishop Auckland (near Darlington), County Durham
17th November, 8PM – Brighton Dome, Brighton
22nd November, 8PM – Fleece Jazz, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk
23rd November, 5PM – Hull Truck Theatre, Hull
26th November, 9PM – St Ives Jazz Club, Cornwall
28th November, 7:30PM – The Hospital Club, London (Reuben James, Dave Hamblett and Mark Lewandowski only)
30th November, 7:30PM – Taliesin, Swansea, Wales
1st December, 7:30PM – National Centre for Early Music, York
All sets between 45mins – 60mins depending on venue.
For more information, please go to http://abramwilson.com/events/ and click on your preferred date.
FULL LINE UP
Jean Toussaint – saxophones (with the exception of 28th November)
Keith Loftis – saxophones (with the exception of 27th October & 28th November)
Reuben James – piano
Dave Hamblett – drums
Mark Lewandowski – double bass (with the exception of 27th October when he will be replaced by Larry Bartley)
“Jean Toussaint’s evolution from hard bopper to a player of considerable breadth and warmth has been an engaging exercise to witness”…THE GUARDIAN
“Keith Loftis is just outstanding”…BLOOMBERG NEWS
“A standout young rhythm section”…THE FINANCIAL TIMES