The Steyning Jazz Club welcomes the Nat Steele Quartet
Club spokesman Colin Jilks said: “Nat Steele is a jazz vibraphone described by Clark Tracey as one of the finest vibe players this country has ever produced.
“Nat makes a much-anticipated return to the Steyning Jazz Club on Friday July 1st with his ever-popular Portrait of the Modern Jazz Quartet, playing his own swinging take on the music of iconoclast MJQ, with both familiar and less familiar tunes and twists. arrangements taken from the MJQ songbook.
“Alongside Nat are the pianist Gabriel Latchin; Italian bassist Dario di Lecce; and the eternal Steve Brown on drums. So expect plenty of swing mixed with a hint of classical influences.
“The quartet have been regular performers on the Late, Late at Ronnie Scott show and as a result Nat has garnered heaps of praise with full words from Benny Green, Joe Locke, Jason Marsalis, Harold Mabern and Eric Alexander; an impressive reputation that seems boundless, with Rebecca Franks (BBC Music Magazine) referring to Nat as a refreshing treat to the ears.
“Nat has his own unique approach to improvisation, particularly focusing on melodic interpretation rather than chord playing, a technique that engenders his irresistible musical swing.
“He has toured the UK with his quartet and played alongside top players such as Pete Long, Georgina Jackson, Allison Neale and others.
“Not too long ago he toured Eastern Canada, performing in Ottawa, Montreal and three nights at the great Jazz Bistro in Toronto, in addition to giving a very well received masterclass to undergraduate jazz students at the University of Toronto.”
Colin added: “The bar service provided at the club, by Riverside Brewery, remains excellent, serving a wide range of drinks.”
“Doors open at 7:15 p.m., the concert starts at 8:00 p.m. The Steyning Jazz Club meets at the Steyning Centre, Fletcher’s Croft, Steyning. BN44 3XZ.
Information from Colin Jilks on 01903 810395.