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Lewis Wright, left, and Kit Downes.

Leading piano and vibraphone duo on the Jazz Hastings stage

Lewis Wright and Kit Downes, one of the most virtuosic and original duos in modern British jazz, combining vibraphone and piano, will be performing at Jazz Hastings’ monthly session on 3 March. Julian Norridge provides the introductions.

Lewis Wright and Kit Downes, both award-winning international performers in their own right, have a long musical history together. They first met at a youth music programme and have stayed friends and collaborators ever since. Their debut album Duets was released on Signum Records in 2018.

Lewis Wright.

Lewis Wright.

Lewis Wright is one of world’s finest vibraphonists, with a unique sound and an individual approach to the instrument. He has performed internationally as a virtuoso improviser and recording artist.

The winner of multiple awards, he has appeared at venues such as the Sydney Opera House, the Olympia in Paris, and the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and O2 Arena in London. In 2014 he was invited by Wynton Marsalis to guest with him and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra at the Barbican.

He is a member of and composes for the jazz ensemble Empirical, who have released several critically acclaimed albums and performed at leading jazz events including the North Sea Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Kit Downes.

Kit Downes.

Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award winning, Mercury Music Award nominated recording artist with the prestigious ECM label. He has toured the world playing piano, church organ and harmonium with his own bands and other major international artists, leading The Guardian to describe him as having “world-class stature”.

Also a composer, he has written commissions for the Cheltenham Music Festival, the London Contemporary Orchestra, the Scottish Ensemble, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Wellcome Trust. He teaches and holds a fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied.

Together they will be unforgettable.


Lewis Wright and Kit Downes Jazz Hastings, Tuesday 3 March, East Hastings Sea Angling Association (on the Stade behind the lifeboat station). Doors open 7.45pm for 8.30 start, tickets £10 on the door, £3 for under 18s.








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Posted 15:32 Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 In: Music & Sound

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