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Gilad Atzmon returns to Hastings to play at Jazz Hastings

Gilad Atzmon Trio play Jazz Hastings in July

Award-winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon will be headlining at the Jazz Hastings July monthly session at the East Hastings Sea Angling Association on the Stade on Tuesday 5 July, along with his trio featuring two of the best known musicians from the contemporary British jazz scene. Julian Norridge tells us more about this extraordinary musician.

Gilad has been described by the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz”. He has toured extensively around the world as a powerhouse multi-instrumentalist: he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments.

Much influenced by both John Coltrane and Charlie Parker, Atzmon’s powerful playing style combines great bebop artistry with Middle-Eastern roots (he was born in Israel). His live performances have been described as “breathtaking and overwhelming”.

He has recorded 15 albums and 2003’s ‘Exile’ was the BBC’s Jazz Album of the Year.

In 1998 he joined Ian Dury’s band The Blockheads and remained with them after Dury’s death. He has recorded with Robbie Williams, Sinead O’Connor, Robert Wyatt and Paul McCartney and is featured on Pink Floyd’s last album ‘The Endless River’.

Atzmon has toured extensively with his Arabic-tinged Orient House Ensemble (they’ve produced 8 albums). His appearances are always greeted with enthusiasm.

“For sheer improvisational fireworks, quirky humour and genre-defying invention,” wrote one critic, “one will be hard-pressed to find a bandleader as unique as Gilad Atzmon.”

Atzmon is also a prolific author. He writes and edits for the website Palestine Think Tank; his philosophical texts on Jewish identity have been discussed by the likes of Noam Chomsky; and his two comic novels have been translated into 24 languages. He’s also very funny on stage.

His trio for this special evening will feature two of the leading figures from the current UK jazz scene. Ross Stanley is the first call organist in the country and is the real deal playing Hamond B3 with Leslie speakers. On drums is the great Darren Beckett, a veteran of twenty years playing with a veritable jazz who’s who on the New York jazz scene.

This will be an evening to remember.

Doors open at 7.45 for an 8.30 start. Tickets are £12.50 on the door. Jazz Hastings gigs are hosted by East Hastings Sea Angling Association, The Stade, Hastings, TN34 3JF


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Posted 15:48 Sunday, Jun 19, 2022 In: Music & Sound

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