Sunday 28 April 2019
Josh Kemp Trio
Coffee from 11:00 Concert 12:00 £12
Josh Kemp - Tenor Saxophone
Tim Lapthorne - Piano
Polly Gibbons - Vocals
' A mix of Stan Getzian breeziness and Coltrane’s imploring cry.’ The Guardian
'Wonderfully rich toned with a nuanced and original sound' Time Out
Jazz is cool again, report the latest editorials. But, launching his album Rare Groove at the Pizza Express, Josh Kemp embodied the spirit that sustains jazz no matter which way the weather vane of vogue is pointing. Kemp is a musician at the coal face of jazz, his expression of the idiom uncut with additives or E numbers. No slugged hip hop beats or EDM drops here, just 100 per cent free-range swing.
Kemp's playing tell of a jazz-man in the finest tradition. A fierce talent, cemented by studious shedding, who is practising a devotion to the genre that is rarely glamorous and often hard. If music is its own reward, we are lucky that we can share in Josh Kemp's gift."