New season opens at Welwyn Garden City music club

PUBLISHED: 22:11 06 April 2013 | UPDATED: 22:11 06 April 2013

Pianist Steve Melling and his trio along with Nigel Hitchcock will be appearing at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City

Pianist Steve Melling and his trio along with Nigel Hitchcock will be appearing at Campus West in Welwyn Garden City

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A MUSICIAN who has performed alongside George Michael and The Voice judge Tom Jones will be playing live in Welwyn Garden City on Sunday.

Pianist Steve Melling headlines the first concert of the new season of music at Herts Jazz Club with special guest Nigel Hitchcock.

Back at the club with his latest trio featuring Andrew Cleyndert on bass and Miles Levin on drums, Steve has invited the superb Nigel Hitchcock to join them.

Steve has a formidable background, performing with jazz heavyweights like Elvin Jones, Peter King, Alan Skidmore, Phil Woods and Benny Golson.

He also recently became a member of the European Jazz Ensemble.

“A great way to open our new season, come and check out this great pianist,” said a spokesman.

As well as the Steve Melling Trio, a saxophonist who has performed with Tom Jones and George Michael will also be playing at Campus West.

After leaving school at 16, and already a seasoned professional, Nigel Hitchcock walked straight into the London session scene, recording TV jingles, movie soundtracks and pop solos, as he still does today.

In 1989, Nigel joined the contemporary saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers and toured Europe and South-East Asia with them.

During the 90s Nigel also toured extensively with artists like Tom Jones and Wet, Wet, Wet.

In 2004 he moved to the Isle of Skye and was soon travelling across Scotland, playing with bagpipes and fiddles in a rock context.

Five years later Nigel moved to the grounds of an old castle on the river at Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, which gave him the inspiration to continue writing and recording.

Since arriving back in the south in late 2011, Nigel has performed on The Voice with the winner Leanne Mitchell, toured with George Michael, recorded and gigged with Mark Knopfler, and recorded a classical alto sax concerto for Brian Byrne’s Tales From The Walled City.

The concert in the Terrace Suite starts at 8pm.

Tickets cost £11 in advance and £13 on the door. Club members pay £8 and it is just £5 for students and under-21s.

Book online at http://www.hawthornetheatre.co.uk/whatsonstage.html


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