A fantastically exciting, playful and inventive saxophonist, Art Themen has been a beloved character of the British jazz scene for 60 years, famously combining his role as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with saxophone duties in the bands of Alexis Korner and Stan Tracey among many others. Described by The Observer as “One of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians”, he remains as brilliant and inimitable as ever.
Nominated in the 2023 Parliamentary Jazz Awards for instrumentalist of the year, Art is the owner of Ronnie Scott’s tenor saxophone. The instrument, reputedly owned by Hank Mobley before Ronnie Scott, was sold at auction after Ronnie’s death in 1996 and was kept privately in Oxford at Allegro Music before being offered for sale to Art upon the retirement of Allegro’s owner, Roger Baycock.
Line Up – Art Themen (Saxophone), Pete Whittaker (Organ) & George Double (Drums)
“A first-rate trio..an excellent set..Themen is one of the very few totally original, utterly engaging jazz musicians around” Dave Gelly – THE OBSERVER
“Just once in a while one chances upon a new album that is just perfect, and love at first listen. Thane & The Villeins is one of those rare gems.”James Henry – BEBOP SPOKEN HERE
“Magesterial..Art’s version of Willow Weep For Me is enthralling”Jack Kenny – JAZZ VIEWS
“Themen, a veteran master now, in such eloquent form” Peter Vacher – JAZZWISE
“Cracking album…In any other country he’d be regarded as a national treasure” Leonard Weinrich – LONDON JAZZ NEWS
“Boistrous and inventive as ever..funky and swinging” HI FI NEWS & RECORD REVIEW
Date & Time: Saturday 16th March 2024 at 7:30pm
Ticket Prices: Adults £25 Concessions £21 (Ticket prices include a £1 Restoration Levy, a £1.25 Booking Fee and a 25p Community Fund Levy)
Running time: 100 minutes (Including a 20 minute interval)