Harmonica Jazz: Toots Thielemans and Beyond Sun 12th Aug 3.30pm-4:45pm, Wellington Suite
LINEUP: Adam Glasser (Harmonica) Rob Luft (Guitar), Daisy George (bass) and Corrie Dick (drums)
WHAT THEY SAY: “A composer, keyboardist and harmonica player, Glasser is intense – his tunes are joyful, driving and danceable.” Jazz Times Review
Adam Glasser leads on chromatic harmonica with this brilliant quartet and a selection of jazz compositions associated with the legendary *Toots Thielemans, as well as contemporary jazz and latin standards not normally associated with the mouth organ. Adam is one of the UK’s leading chromatic harmonica players. Raised in South Africa and the UK, studyied jazz piano in Paris (1979) and at Berklee College (1981), then back in UK and playing Festivals across Europe.
Throughout the 1990s, Adam began an increasing specialisation in the chromatic harmonica following a run of engagements which saw him performing and recording with some major popular names and film composers: Christopher Young on “Hard Rain” (1997) where he shared the harmonica credits with Toots Thielemans. Adam can also be heard in “The Good Thief” (2002), score by Elliot Goldenthal and incidental music of the West End production of “The Postman Always Rings Twice” featuring Val Kilmer, this time with music by the major British composer Django Bates.
* Thielemans became famous as a master of two techniques hitherto unknown in jazz – viz whistling, and playing the harmonica. A remarkable musician who adapted the advanced harmonies, hair trigger accents and nimble melodies of the bebop idiom to a 19th-century instrument originally intended for the more leisurely rhythms of Austrian folk music.
* WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT FOR THIS EVENT FROM Arts Council Wales *