This is really project created by saxophonist Toliy and good friend and ace guitarist Hugh Turner. Their new band, Bossa Gringos, takes Latin rhythms (Bossa Nova, Samba, Rhumba etc) and the iconic musicians who famously played this style (Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Jobim etc) and breathes new life into well known and not so well known jazz melodies. The result is exciting stuff with lilting rhythms, intriguing arrangements and some spectacular solo work from all four members. The quartet unusually has two bassists (Raph Mizuraki and Paul Jefferies), although they will alternate between percussion, acoustic upright bass and bass guitar. You’ll love it!
Nicolas Meier is world renowned (having performed all over it) for his unique guitar playing style, which mixes elements of classical, middle-eastern and swing to create a wonderful fusion of flavours that excites and enthrals both audiences and fellow musicians alike. Swiss born Nicolas will be taking to our stage with acoustic bassist Paul Jefferies and the excellent London based drummer Eric Ford. Expect jazz classics, a touch of Bossa Nova, beautiful waltzes and some stellar jazz improvisation from all three musicians.
Stuart Henderson, Tom Berge and Paul Jefferies had an idea during the 2020 lock-down caused by the pandemic: They looked around and discovered that no-one seemed to have recorded music featuring the long time collaboration of great pianist ’Oscar’ and the legendary trumpeter ‘Clark’ Terry, so, they decided to record one and the result is a superb production of the sorts of tunes the paring would have performed live during their 40 year collaboration. For this concert they have invited the ever popular drummer Charlie Stratford to join the band and form a quartet that excels at creating jazz that prompts much foot-tapping and jerks the musical memory cells!