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Jazz at The Hive

Art Themen

and the

Tom Hill Trio


11th JULY 2015




Art Themen (saxophone), Tom Hill (double-bass), Paul Sawtell (piano), Miles Levin (drums).


We welcome the return of this wonderfully original saxophonist. One of the great, British exponents of that instrument, Art Themen is the ‘guest’ front man of choice, having played all the major clubs with many jazz luminaries. He had a long and successful career as an orthopaedic surgeon and has simultaneously built his jazz credentials on both the UK and international stages by absorbing and re-shaping numerous influences from Sonny Rollins to the present day.

Themen is always an engagingly erratic performer. He is liable to construct a solo with only passing attention to the theme or style of the original, as if he were taking a deck of cards marked Secret Love or Alone Together and subjecting it to a succession of expert but random shuffles.

John Fordham in The Guardian

A member of the award winning Cambridge University jazz band from 1958 to 1961, he became involved in the early London blues scene, playing alongside Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce, Mick Jagger and Chuck Berry.

He fronted the Stan Tracey quartet for 20 years from 1976.

Today, he is most often seen on stage with the likes of Alan Barnes, John Donaldson, John Critchinson, Dave Newton, Dave O’Higgins (who plays for SJN in November), Don Weller, Mornington Lockett, among others.

The popular Midlands-based Tom Hill Trio, regulars at the Hive, are in support.


You may have heard Tom Hill recently, talking on John Hellings jazz programme for Radio Shropshire.

Originally from California, he has played bass with an amazing variety of musicians from Tony Bennet to Doris Day, George Shearing to Fred Hersch, Dolly Partin to Luther Vandross in the US. In the UK, where he moved in 1993, he's played with Guy Barker, Mark Nightingale, Don Weller, Pete King, Dave O'Higgins and more.

Paul Sawtell has worked as a pro for 37 years and has done many radio and TV broadcasts and session work. He has acted as MD for Salena Jones and performed concerts at Blue Note jazz clubs. He has played with the BBC Radio Big Band and in numerous jazz club gigs. Paul last visited Shrewsbury Jazz Network in a Cal Tjader tribute project with Casey Green, where he featured on vibraphone.

Drummer Miles Levin splits his time between the Midlands and London but still frequently joins Tom and Paul. He is a pioneer in the free/experimental jazz scene. He has recently started what is hoped to be a monthly Sunday session at The Great Stone Inn in Northfield, Birmingham with saxophonist Chris Bowden.


Photo: Katherine Hannaford



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