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Mark Crooks and Nigel Price present Jazz Samba

8th September 2024, 12pm

Jazz Samba was the first ever fully fledged bossa nova album recorded by American jazz musicians. A commercial success, it topped the LP charts on its release and produced its own pop hit single – ‘Desafinado’

Ticket prices

£15 – £25

Line-up

MARK CROOKS – tenor sax
NIGEL PRICE – guitar
JOHN CERVANTES – piano
MARIANNE WINDHAM – double bass
DEMI GARCIA SABAT – percussion

Mark Crooks is a lyrical and passionate saxophonist in the Stan Getz mould. He is a long-standing member of the John Wilson Orchestra with which he has played regularly at BBC Proms. 

Guitarist Nigel Price is one of the unsung heroes of the British Jazz Scene with over 500 appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, 3 years with the James Taylor Quartet and winner of the British Jazz Awards and Parliamentary Jazz Awards.

Percussionist Demi Garcia Sabat brings a wealth of experience in Flamenco, jazz, Arabic, Latin, Iberian Folk and pop music. 

Marianne Windham, the founder of Guildford Jazz and a well-respected and in demand double bass player. 

The quintet lineup also features John Cervantes on piano, whose strong roots in the swinging jazz tradition are overlaid with classical and world music influences in, as he puts it, his “quest to express those undefinable flashes of life, creation, emotion & passion that make music so powerful”.

A thoroughly joyful evening!

— Fleet Jazz