Mark Crooks ~Nat Steele Sextet,  the West Coast Style of  Stan Getz and Cal Tjader

Sunday September 17

Mark Crooks
~Nat Steele Sextet,
the West Coast Style of
Stan Getz and Cal Tjader

Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London

In response to the fiery be-bop of New York in the 40’s, a lighter more relaxed jazz style emerged from the sunshine of California in the 50's; the West Coast Style. 

No musician typified this better than the warm and relaxed saxophone melodic tones of the great Stan Getz on tenor saxophone.  He surrounded himself with other stylish musicians and created partnerships with many jazz greats, no more so than the sound of the vibraphone, in the hands of Cal Tjader

This Sunday lunchtime concert at Dean Street captures those sounds and recreates the West Coast style in the capable hands of Mark Crooks – of John Wilson Orchestra and Jazz At The Movies fame on tenor saxophone, with the virtuoso vibraphone of the accomplished Nat Steele, with their sextet. This group came about when Mark and Nat discovered their shared love of a brilliant  album from 1958 – “Stan Getz meets Cal Tjaderfeaturing  jazz standards and Cal originals.

“Ginza Samba” is a sprightly example of the West Coast style, with “Crow's Nest" and "Big Bear" providing prime solo vehicles. The lovely waltz number "Liz-Anne" adds some nice contrast to the set, together with fine ballad readings of "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" and "For All We Know." 

Here’s a taste of what’s in store

Mark Crooks with Jobim’s One Note Samba

and Nat evoking the spirit of the MJQ

Mark and Nat have assembled an all-star line-up for this project featuring

Colin Oxley - guitar,

Matyas Gayer - piano,

Jeremy Brown – double  bass and legendary UK drummer Mark Taylor 

A hot performance of cool jazz” – The Hoste of Jazz

Mark Crooks's tenor rises to the challenge  and  Nat Steele ....creative brilliance, a sheer delight "- Sunday Times                                     

Nat Steele is a  remarkable young vibraphonist in the Milt Jackson tradition”. — Dave Gelly (Observer)

Doors at Noon

Music at 1pm.

Tickets £25