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Coming up: Mike Willox, Josh Arcoleo, Coronation Tap

July 2, 2012

Scanning Venue’s music listings, valiantly maintaining jazz news on the web after the regrettable demise of the mag, the gig of the week is fairly obviously the Mike Willox quartet at the Coronation Tap tomorrow. The billing contains the words Josh and Arcoleo, which is good enough for me.

Thus:

Tuesday July 3 2012 9:00 pm

THE MIKE WILLOX 4TET featuring Josh Arcoleo

Mike’s gig at The CoriTap features the amazingly talented young saxophonist Josh Arcoleo who has recently graduated with a 1st class degree from the Royal Academy of Music as well as winning a 2011 Yamaha Parliamentary Jazz Scholarship and the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize. The latter is a recording contract with Edition Records.

As well as some of Josh and Mike’s contemporary originals, the band will be exploring music from Ellington to the Bee Gees, and they are more than ably supported by the Bristol rhythm section of choice: Will Harris on bass and Mark Whitlam on drums.

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Venue magazine ‘Choice’: “The well-honed threesome of exuberant jazz pianist Mike Willox and the rhythm partnership of Will Harris (bass) and Mark Whitlam (drums) will make an excellent setting for saxophonist Josh Arcoleo, recently graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Music with a heap of prizes and already turning heads on the national scene for the maturity and skill of his playing. In a set that promises to range from Ellington to the Bee Gees via their own compositions, the interaction of sax and piano promises to be fascinating.”

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