Doors 7pm, music 7.30pm
John Etheridge – Guitar
Pete Whittaker – Organ
George Double – Drums
An iconic figure on the UK jazz scene, John Etheridge first came to prominence in the mid 70’s with the classic fusion band “Soft Machine”. During the same time – demonstrating his remarkable and now well-documented versatility – he also spent a number of years touring with the celebrated swing jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. In recent years he has been busy performing and recording as a solo artist and with his own bands, notably the “Zappatistas” (his tribute to Frank Zappa), “Sweet Chorus” dedicated to Stéphane and “Soft Machine”, with whom he still appears.
The Blue Spirits Trio John is leading tonight is a classic guitar-led jazz organ trio and showcases the bluesier side of John’s musical repertoire. With Pete Whittaker on organ, a superb accompanist as well as soloist and in demand drummer George Double.
‘No doubting his awesome authority whenever he touches the guitar’ ( The Guardian)
‘I never wanted to be a star just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge ‘(Sting –The Guardian 1980)