Thursday 22nd October 2020
£20.00 - £25.00
Line-up: NIGEL PRICE guitar; VASILIS XENOPOULOS tenor sax; ROSS STANLEY Hammond organ; JOEL BARFORD drums
The popular NIGEL PRICE ORGAN TRIO containing the powerhouse of organist ROSS STANLEY and drummer JOEL BARFORD is augmented by fiercely swinging saxophonist VASILIS XENOPOULOS. The tight combo celebrates the music of guitar legend WES MONTGOMERY who famously played Ronnie’s on his European tour in the mid 60s. Imagine or re-imagine the feel of Montgomery’s greatest live albums such ‘Full House’and ‘Smokin’ at the Half Note’ and feel-good tunes such as ‘Full House’ and ‘Jingles’ plus the Latin jazz groove of ‘Cariba’.
The Nigel Price Organ Trio won ‘best small ensemble’ in the 2010 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, ‘best small group’ in the 2016 British Jazz Awards and Nigel Price and Ross Stanley were winners in their respective instrumental categories.
About Nigel Price: Starting his professional career in his early 20s, Nigel toured Europe with various reggae and funk bands before settling on a solo guitar career and turning his attention to jazz. Citing early influences as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nigel honed his craft by attending gigs and sitting in with the players of the time.
Nigel has played on more than 50 albums including 5 as a leader, spent ten years with acid jazz outfit The Filthy Six, was a member of James Taylor’s band for 3 years (with whom he recorded 5 albums) and performed with the legendary David Axelrod. He has also taught at The International Guitar Foundation at King’s Place, London.
He has worked tirelessly to organise his own tours (including a 56 date tour in late 2016) and has picked up a Parliamentary Jazz Award (Best Jazz Ensemble, 2010), a nomination for a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2014) and a British Jazz Award (Best Guitarist, 2016) along the way.
Nigel is a regular performer at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club where he has made more than 500 appearances. He released his fifth Organ Trio Album
"It’s the group music – with Hammond organist Ross Stanley a treat as always – that packs the set’s real punch" - The Guardian
"Inventiveness, originality and ensemble playing are terrific." ★★★★ The Observer (full review)
Over a career spanning more than 25 years, award winning jazz guitarist Nigel Price has become widely acknowledged as one of the hardest working musicians in the business.
Musically, his blend of flowing bebop lines, deep blues sensibility and his mastery of chording continue to delight audiences and fellow musicians alike. His career highlights include a support show for Gladys Knight at The Royal Albert Hall and an appearance on Van Morrison’s recent album Keep Me Singing.