Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer, Gilad Atzmon, is to lead a thrilling jazz night at Teddington's award-winning Retro Bistrot restaurant on February 26th.
Gilad's album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003, the Guardian described him as the "hardest-gigging man in British jazz" and his fans are legion. Gilad trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem and as a multi-instrumentalist he plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxes, Clarinet and Flutes.
Until 1994 Gilad was a producer-arranger for various Israeli Dance & Rock Projects, performing in Europe and the USA playing ethnic music as well as R&R and Jazz.
Coming to the UK in 1994, Atzmon recovered an interest in playing the music of the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. In 2000 he founded the Orient House Ensemble in London and started re-defining his own roots in the light of his emerging political awareness. Since then the Orient House Ensemble has toured all over the world.
Gilad has been amazing listeners with his powerful personal style that combines great bebop artistry and Middle-Eastern roots in a sophisticated, sometimes ironical manner. Gilad's live performances have been described as "simply breathtaking and overwhelming".
As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys and many others
"Gilad Atzmon, the expat Israeli saxophonist/clarinetist, combines thrilling jazz musicianship with a maverick political intelligence" Guardian ****
Gilad Atzmon will be joining Terry Collie on piano, Mark Rose on bass and Ted Carrasco on drums.
Maitre d'and owner of the Retro, Vincent Gerbeau, holds jazz nights every last Tuesday of the month and ensures there is a snack menu for those light diners as well as the usual, and excellent, set and a la carte menus.
Bookings: 0208 977 2239 or online at http://tinyurl.com/26dj32y
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013