The Steyning Jazz Club welcomes the Jo Fooks Quintet
Club spokesperson Colin Jilks said: “Jo Fooks is a saxophonist whose haunting, mellow tone is often compared to Stan Getz and Zoot Sims, and she brings those pleasures, along with her quintet, to the Steyning Jazz Club on the Friday October 1 at 8 p.m.
“Born in Edinburgh, Jo started learning the saxophone at the age of 15, quickly becoming an outstanding musician, winning in 1992 the Young Scottish Musician of the Year award before studying at the Guildhall in London. and at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston.
“After recording his first album Here and Now! she was recruited by the late Humphrey Lyttelton into his eight-piece group, enjoying her wonderfully mature and confident playing, her fun melodic approach to music proving to be a huge influence on Jo.
“While playing in Lyttelton’s band, Jo recorded and worked with Acker Bilk and performed alongside Tina May, Joe Temperley, Scott Hamilton, Elkie Brooks and many more.”
Colin added, “His group lineup this Friday October 1 will be: Andy Panayi, reeds; Mark Edwards, piano; Steve Thompson, bass; and Buster Birch, drums.
“With Jo’s many influences, including Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans, get ready to enjoy a captivating evening.”
Jo started composing his own music in 2004 after learning and analyzing a wide variety of jazz standards. She currently gives concerts in and around the London area, and her teaching positions have included tutoring RAF musicians (2000-2006).
The Steyning Jazz Club meets at Fletcher’s Croft, Steyning, BN44 3XZ, 8 p.m.
The restrictions on the number of hearings have been lifted, so it is no longer necessary to reserve seats.
However, bring your own refreshments as the bar arrangements are not finalized yet.
Information from Colin Jilks on 01903 810395.