Dom Franks is a one off…… a great saxophonist, ebullient character and immensely talented educator - and he’s had to wait over two years to join us at The Jazz cave to perform with his wonderful quartet. Circumstance, Covid 19 and date clashes have prevented us from bringing this excellent musician to the Jazz cave until now, so we’re delighted that all the stars have aligned and we now have multi-sax player Dom, awesome pianist Tommy Scott, bassist Paul Jefferies and drummer Paulo Adamo ready to present the music of iconic saxophonist Wayne Shorter and epic pianist Herbie Hancock - expect musical fireworks on this one!
Quite probably the worlds most famous jazz pianist Oscar Peterson adored the man and trumpeter Clark Terry. They performed together hundreds of times, but only recorded together on a handful of occasions. Their joy at playing music together was always palpable, especially when they were supported by ace bassist Ray Brown and his much loved drumming partner Ed Thigpen. During the 2020 lockdown, Trumpeter Stuart Henderson brilliant pianist Tom Berge and bassist Paul Jefferies discussed the possibility of bringing this great music to new audiences and when able to do so, they created and recorded a brand new CD focussing on the music that Oscar and Clark made famous. They are joined by the hugely popular drummer Mark Whitlam for this very special concert where jazz swing and melody is the name of the game.
Mr B.D. Lenz is an award winning guitarist and composer from New Jersey, America and he’s as dextrous as a musical Octopus! Imagine Mike Stern, Pat Metheney and Stevie Ray Vaughan re-packaged in one great player and you’ve got some idea how this amazing musician sounds. His regular trio of musicians will be accompanying him for our very special concert (bass guitar and drums) - so you’ll be listening and watching B.D. as he sounds on all his recordings. The press says:
"...Part of the reason for his accessibility is that he not only fuses jazz and rock, he complements it with warm chords of funk, soul, and rhythm and blues..." – New York Times
"Contemporary jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz’s quartet lays down a funky, jamming vibe...integrating catchy good time grooves with moodier, blues-inflicted pieces" – JazzTimes
The caption above says it all - not our words but those of a much respected critic. Matt, following studies in USA at Berklee College, has recorded eleven albums with his own band and appeared live or on recordings with a host of jazz greats such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Humphrey Lyttleton, Ian Shaw, Sax Appeal, the Michael Garrick Big Band and Norma Winstone (to name but a few). He’ll be performing his favourite jazz pieces with a great rhythm section - details TBA.