Ipswich Jazz and Blues present Nigel Price and Vasilis Xenopoulos - Sunday 9th October

The Ipswich Jazz and Blues return to Venue16 for another amazing afternoon of entertainment!

Nigel Price and Vasilis Xenopoulos

The Ipswich Jazz and Blues live at Venue16.

For tickets and more information about Ipswich Jazz and Blues Club please visit their website.

Guitarist Nigel Price, winner of a 2016 British Jazz Award, is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott’s where he has appeared more than 500 times. He spent three years with the James Taylor Quartet and has performed with the BBC Big Band, Carleen Anderson and the legendary David Axelrod. His saxophone playing co-star Vasilis Xenopoulos Is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. He’s a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz as can be heard on his album Dexterity which, as the title suggests, is a tribute to Dexter Gordon.

Put a tenor saxophonist and a guitarist together and you’ve got a band. There’s something about the combination of saxophone and electric guitar that just works. When the players are, respectively, Vasilis Xenopoulos and Nigel Price the outcome is downright irresistible. Over the past few years the London jazz scene has become a magnet for young musicians from Europe, and Xenopoulos/Price is one of the more outstanding results.

Xenopoulos, originally from Athens, settled here in 2002, while Di Lecce arrived from Bari five years ago. Price is a dynamic guitarist, with the rare gift of instinctive empathy. His accompaniments are as incisive and inspired as his solos. Xenopoulos has a briskly fluent style which gently mellows at slower tempos. All 10 numbers are pieces associated with jazz sax-guitar duos over the years. XPQ’s version of When Joanna Loved Me is a little masterpiece, easily equal to the Paul Desmond/Jim Hall original, although quite different in approach. And O Pato, a jazz samba, sets off rhythmic sparks, with Di Lecce and Brown making some very tricky stuff sound deceptively easy.

Support act: James Goodwin & Dave Thomas

Guests are encouraged to eat at our restaurant prior to the event, you can book a table by clicking here.