An opportunity to hear three of the world’s greatest jazz guitarists playing not only compelling solo performances but also performing as a duo, with stimulating improvisations, supporting each other, interacting and listening as they create unique shapes and sounds.
Live music from these guitar masters never gets better than this.
Wednesday September 2:
GRAMMY® winning guitarist Laurence, flies in from his US base, returning to Pizza Express Jazz Club Dean Street after sold out performances in 2016 and 2018. He is a solo performer, recording artist, composer and arranger. His playing fuses folk, jazz, blues, pop and classical styles, creating a multi-faceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument.
A music graduate of London’s Goldsmith’s College, he was featured guitar soloist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before becoming established as a studio musician in the mid-1970’s. First internationally recognised as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney’s Wings, with whom he won a Grammy, Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso and entertainer.
Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 27 solo albums. The latest Downtown, is a collection of standards recorded in one five hour session at Hollywood’s Capitol Studios. Juber has 4 guitar folios in print. The latest, The Evolution of Fingerstyle Guitar was published by Hal Leonard in January 2019.
His LJ Plays The Beatles was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s all-time Top Ten albums. His solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy, while his arrangement of Stand By Me was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial.
Here’s an amazing solo version of “All Of Me”
“Juber scores high marks for the clarion precision of his playing and for his tasteful arrangements” – Downbeat
“A Master!“- Pete Townshend, The Who
A multi-award winner (receiving a special, honorary Parliamentary Jazz Award in 2017), Jim Mullen is widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists in Europe.
Jim’s unique jazz style and sound explains why he is regarded as the high priest of the instrument by most young jazz guitarists. His quartet was in existence for six years from 1996 and is one of the most powerful ever to appear on the British jazz scene. He has played with many U.K. jazz greats including Alan Barnes, Dave O’Higgins, Gareth Williams and Stan Sulzmann and regularly with his organ trio of Mike Gorman and Matt Skelton. His sensitive accompaniment to Claire Martin was a feature of the 2019 Jazz Divas series.
Jim’s journey into jazz was somewhat circuitous, taking in an array of pop, soul and funk bands. By 1975 Jim had teamed-up with legendary saxophonist Dick Morrissey to form the highly successful soul-jazz band Morrissey-Mullen. Mullen’s debut album released under his own name was Into The 90s and since then he’s released well over a dozen albums.
His technique parallels Wes Montgomery in that he uses his thumb rather than a plectrum to pick the notes. Anyone who’s seen Jim play live won’t fail to be amazed by his dexterity, and in particular his lithe, rapid comping.
His latest album “Volunteers” features a mixture of standards and self-penned originals and a nonet comprising some of the finest jazz musicians playing in the UK today. Mullen’s blues-inflected guitar lines and comping skills are in evidence throughout, but his soloing is remarkable with his rapid-fire single notes too.
Here’s Jim talking, illustrating technique and playing
“Jim Mullen…one of the great Jazz guitarists working today” — Jazzwise
Doors Open: 7pm
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