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12-21 November 2021

The Toots Project

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The Toots Project

Thu 18 November 2021

Stage time / 2:30pm

Doors / 1:30pm

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Location

LONDON Cadogan Hall / Caversham Room,
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ

Tickets

5 seated (free standing)

In a concert programme endorsed by Thielemans himself shortly before his death in 2016, harmonica maestro Phil Hopkins joins some of the UK’s most inventive jazz musicians to explore the eclectic repertoire of Toots.

When accordionist Toots Thielemans turned his attention to the chromatic harmonica, in occupied Belgium in the 1940s, he picked a chameleon of an instrument which was to lead to a musical career without boundaries. Was it something about this and rarely-heard instrument which took him into the worlds of bebop bands, electric funk, brazilian jazz and film & TV scores? Or was it the highly-personal voice of this soft-spoken North European gentleman which endeared him to the vanguard of American musicians and composers, from Charlie Parker to Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman to Jaco Pastorius?

In a concert programme endorsed by Thielemans himself shortly before his death in 2016, harmonica maestro Phil Hopkins joins some of the UK’s most inventive jazz musicians to explore the eclectic repertoire of Toots.

Taking the audience on what amounts to a journey through popular music of the last 50 years, the setlist ranges from well-known themes to Sesame Street and Midnight Cowboy, Thielemans’ own composition Bluesette (which quickly became a jazz standard), and the results of famous collaborations with Benny Goodman, Paul Simon, Bill Evans and many others. The broad range of material acts as a springboard for this talented band’s extraordinary gift for improvisation.

The band features Liam Dunachie: piano, Jeremy Shoham: sax, Phil Scragg: bass, Rick Finlay: drums, who between them have worked with everyone from Guy Barker and Julian Joseph to Dudu Pukwana and Robert Plant.

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