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Saxophonist, composer and educator Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone) is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation and a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz. London became his permanent home after graduating with honours from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists.
In this very special show Xenopoulos brings his album Dexterity to life and celebrates the music and spirit of Dexter Gordon. It features Gordon’s original compositions, classic jazz standards played ‘Dexter-style’, and a couple of Xenopoulos’ own Dexter-influenced compositions. Dexter Gordon was one of the most iconic figures in jazz history and a true heavyweight of the tenor saxophone. His powerful tone and unique ability to create melodic lines influenced many saxophonists around the world and still do to this day.
“One of the most fiery young saxophonists around blazes a path through the hard bop repertoire" - The Times ★★★★
“A tremendous asset to the UK Jazz Scene" - London Jazz News
…"A bright newcomer on alto and tenor saxist Vasilis Xenopoulos"… - Evening Standard ★★★★★
"Old-school warmth and modern day dynamism" - JAZZWISE
Vasilis Xenopoulos (tenor saxophone)
Rob Barron (piano)
Dario Di Lecce (double bass)
Matt Home (drums)