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I’ll admit to knowing nothing about these guys before I had a little listen on YouTube.  As a trombone player myself the chance to see these guys is too much to resist, so in I have dived.  Based in London, the Tom Green Septet have been causing something of a stir in the jazz scene down there. Indeed, Tom won the Dankworth prize for Jazz composition, and Nigel Williams from Jazz FM (no less) has described Mr Green as a rising star in the British Jazz scene.

Credentials established, what do they actually sound like?  Well, they very much follow the traditions of jazz septets of years past, but keep with the modern trends of bands such as GoGo Penguin; their polyphonic horn lines and pushed jazz drumming create a very pleasant, simultaneously relaxing and stimulating vibe. This is an unusual booking for the refurbished Jazz Cafe, who have preferred smaller groups of late, but hopefully it will herald the return of quartets, quintets, sextets and, yes, even septets to a venue that needs to rediscover its dirty jazz groove. I’m sure this is going to be a peach of an apple, and a must for any serious jazz fans.

The Tom Green Septet play at the Jazz Cafe, Newcastle, on Tuesday 24th February.

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