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Jazz Night: Gilad Atzmon & Saul Rubin

Monday 31 July 2017

The Bedford Arms, 2 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2QA

Don't miss out on this opportunity to see these great musicians in such an intimate environment.

A mainstay on the New York jazz scene, Saul Rubin graduated from the Hartt School of Music, where he majored in composition and studied jazz with the legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean and saxophonist/arranger Paul Jeffrey, before moving back home to New York. Since then his soulful and virtuosic playing has been heard alongside some of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Sonny Rollins and Roy Hargrove (he arranged for the Roy Hargrove Big Band album Emergence), and has toured extensively with them throughout Europe, Canada, Japan and the US.

In 2009, Saul opened Zeb’s in a New York loft in Chelsea, a performance and production space where countless artists have since performed and recorded. In 2010 he began curating a successful weekly jazz vocal series (hosting and accompanying such luminaries as Gregory Porter, Roseanna Vitro, Nancy Harms, Bob Dorough, Johnny O’Neal, Tessa Souter and Brianna Thomas). For three years he has produced the NYC Jazz Guitar Festival, showcasing some of the world’s best jazz guitarists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Gene Bertoncini, Peter Bernstein and Paul Bollenback. 

He has performed at the Blue Note (Tokyo and New York), the Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Fat Cat, Smalls, Mezzrow, the Hollywood Bowl, and concert halls all over the world, including London, Vienna, Geneva, Barcelona and Prague. As well as recording for other artists, he has released two albums as a leader, The Saul Rubin Quartet (2004), featuring John Hicks, Gerald Cannon and Montez Coleman, and Saul Rubin: The Zebtet (Red Records, 2015), featuring Stacy Dillard, JohnnyO'Neal and Fabio Merger.

Gilad Atzmon is a British Jazz artist and author. Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments . His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world.   His albums, of which he has recorded fifteenth albumsto date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.

As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys. In 2014 he recorded with Pink Floyd and is featured on their last album The Endless River (Anisina).

Music starts at 8.30pm, with suggested contributions of £5 per person to ensure the musicians get a fair fee for their performance.

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