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The Tim Kliphuis Quartet

Clacton & North East Essex

Arts & Literary Society

‘MONDAY NIGHTS AT THE PRINCES THEATRE’

1st February 2010 The Tim Kliphuis Quartet.  Dutchman Tim Kliphuis ranks among the world’s finest jazz violinists. He has often been named the successor of Stéphane Grappelli, taking his legacy into the 21st Century by infusing Gypsy Swing with Folk and Classical music. Tim’s spirit and style are reminiscent of the late, great jazz fiddler virtuoso playing with a great love for melody. A violinist classically trained at the Amsterdam Conservatoire Tim is joined on the piano by Dave Newton who is one of the leading international jazz pianists and seven-time winner of the British Jazz awards and a Fellow of Leeds College of Music.

1st February 2010

Evening Sponsored by Lesley Barlow  

Clacton-on-Sea

The Tim Kliphuis Quartet

The Tim Kliphuis Quartet

‘The Art of Improvisation’

Dutchman Tim Kliphuis ranks among the world’s finest jazz violinists. He has often been named the successor of Stéphane Grappelli, taking his legacy into the 21st Century by infusing Gypsy Swing with Folk and Classical music. Tim’s spirit and style are reminiscent of the late, great jazz fiddler: virtuoso playing with a great love for melody. A violinist classically trained at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, Tim’s first international recognition came when he joined Belgian gypsy guitarist Fapy Lafertin in 1999. Tim is already well known to many UK jazz audiences through regular appearances at major festivals.

Dave Newton is one of the leading international jazz pianists. His career took off in the eighties when he recorded with Buddy DeFranco, Martin Taylor and Alan Barnes. Later on, he became known as the ideal accompanist leading to collaborations with famous vocalists including Annie Ross, Marion Montgomery, Carol Kidd and most notably a ten-year association with Stacey Kent. David’s compositions can be heard in American TV movies and several Alan Ayckbourn theatre productions. He is a seven-time winner of the British Jazz awards and a Fellow of Leeds College of Music.  

Len Skeat (bass) first started out with pianist Eddie Thomson and then joined the Heath Band. This led to being a Ronnie Scott’s ‘All Star’ and concerts with greats like Ben Webster, Billy Eckstein and Mel Tormé. Len was in Stéphane Grappelli’s band in the 1970s, and later on was Peggy Lee’s favourite bassist. He still works with all the top names in American jazz.

Colin Oxley (guitar) tours and records internationally, including Japan. He has worked with John Bunch, Houston Person, Warren Vache, Scott Hamilton and all Britain’s top jazz players. He was a long standing member of Stacey Kent’s band and is currently in the award-winning Back to Basie Orchestra.   

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    1st February 2010 The Tim Kliphuis Quartet.

    ‘The Art of Improvisation’ – Tim Kliphaus Quartet

    The Society’s 12th Presentation last Monday evening was entitled ‘The Art of Improvisation’, and it certainly lived up to its title. The Tim Kliphuis Quartet showcased a virtuoso performance comprising an amalgam of Jazz Classics from such maestros as Duke Ellington & Stefan Grappelli, interspersed with rather unusual upbeat arrangements of some classical pieces from Schuman, Dvorak, Grieg and Richard Strauss. In addition to Tim Kliphuis the quartet is composed of three other leading jazz musicians – Dave Newton on piano, Len Skeat on bass, and Colin Oxley on Guitar.

    Members were treated to stunning improvised performances from each member of the quartet and they demonstrated their approval very audibly. Tim Kliphuis must rank as one of the world’s finest Jazz Violinists and he Classical Music. It was perhaps, the compositions originally written in this upbeat tempo that were more successful. Thus, the performance of Grappelli’s composition ‘La Chanson de Rue’, which featured Liphuis on violin and Dave Newton on piano, was played superbly highlighting the delicate chord structure of this piece. Delicacy gave way to a rousing cacophony of sound in Edgar Sampson’s composition ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’. This was a musical tour de force in which each member of the quartet used their instrument – be it guitar, bass, piano or violin, to interpret and accentuate this jazz classic. This caused a non jazz aficionado like me to tap my feet!

    The final item was a haunting rendition of ‘Misty’ the jazz standard written by Erroll Garner and which followed the traditional thirty two bar format. The performance was delicate in the subtle highlighting of this haunting melody. This was the quartet’s curtain call which was the culmination to a superb evening, highlighting four very talented musicians. The self deprecating style of Tim Kliphuis’s introductions to the programme items enabled a varied performance to be enjoyed to the full. Another presentation well worth braving the chilly winter weather!

    The evening was sponsored by Leslie Barlow, Clacton.

    Robert Pearce

    Locum Press Officer

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