Isle of Wight Jazz Weekend
is delighted to present the fabulous saxophonist Art Themen in the intimate setting of Newport Methodist Church. Art Themen has always been at the centre of the UK Jazz scene, combining his unique sound and talent with a distinguished career in orthopaedic medicine, eventually becoming a consultant.
Art started his musical career jazz with the Cambridge University Jazz Group – with bandmates including Lionel Grigson, Dave Gelly and Dick Heckstall- Smith – and then in London playing with blues musicians Jack Bruce and Alexis Korner. In 1965 he played with the Peter Stuyvesant Jazz Orchestra in Zürich, going on to play with such English luminaries as Michael Garrick, Ian Carr, and Graham Collier's Music.
In 1974 Themen entered on what was to be one of his central Musical relationships when he started playing with Stan Tracey, and he has played with all of Tracey's groups,touring with him all over the world as well as around the UK. Themen has also played and toured with visiting US musicians, including Nat Adderley, Red Rodney, George Coleman, and Al Haig.Art Themen will be ably supported by Nick Page (guitar), Jim Thorn on piano, Jon Thorne (double bass) and Ken Black (drums).