Sunday, January 26, 2003


Andy Sheppard, the innovative jazz saxophonist, has recently played with contemporary classical pianist Joanna MacGregor. They later join the Britten Sinfonietta for a short tour from 14 - 30 November. Sheppard's marvellous world-beat 'Nocturnal Tourist' (featuring the soloist on tenor and soprano saxophones, WX11 Wind Synth, electric guitar, midi guitar and keyboards) was released just under a year ago. He is now putting the finished touches to a new CD called 'PS'. It will appear soon on Provocateur Records (launch due 31 March). This time Sheppard is working in collaboration with guitarist John Paricelli. To accompany the new material there is a short residency at Ronnie Scott's in London (7-12 April). Among a series of British gigs, Sheppard plays 'The Circus' in Stratford, East London, on 7 February, with Steve Lodder (keys) and Alec Dankworth (trumpet). More details will be forthcoming at promoters Serious. They have *.ram tracks at their 'Sting of the Month'.

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