Review: Art Themen at the Rootop Gardens, Norwich

An enthusiastic capacity audience enjoyed a magical Art Themen tenor sax masterclass. He played lyrically with characteristic fluidity. One measure of his creativity is the number of other fine jazz players he attracts to his concerts. In every number he played, he set a sublime melodic standard, supported by the polished Simon Brown trio.

Now well into his seventies, Themen plays with vibrant enthusiasm to match any of the finest current jazz players. He has been playing professionally for generations - and continues to be a superb jazz innovator. He is clearly his own man with his distinctive tone and harmonic approach, leaving a delighted audience wanting him to come back soon to Norwich.

Roger Haywood

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