All that jazz: Jason Rebello performs at St James' Wine Vaults in Bath
Jason Rebello will be performing at St James' Wine Vaults, Bath, on Thursday, February 14, at 8pm.
In the late 1980s British jazz boomed.
Jason, a classically trained pianist known for his crisp suits and good looks, was part of that scene.
At just 21, his fluency and stylistic range was spotted by the great American saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter who took on the job of producing his debut album.
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A Clearer View topped the Jazz FM chart for five months.
Jason undertook a gruelling schedule over the next couple of appearing with other notable artistes such as Bud Shank, Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, Branford Marsallis, Tommy Smith, Jean Toussaint, Desree, Mica Paris, Carleen Anderson and Omar as well as promoting his own band.
He also performed several classical concerts, appearing with the Nice Symphony Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra in 1995.
Three years later he returned to the stage for a sell-out solo/trio concert at the Southbank's Purcell Room.
Now a richer, more mature performer, his return to the music world reflected a different approach to his career.
He said: "I would now like to be involved in helping fellow musicians to enjoy the success that I had, to put something back into the business."
This has resulted in lecturing at various schools and music colleges including The Guildhall School of Music.
Jason enjoys teaching and is involved on a regular basis at the Jazz Factory workshop at the Wiltshire Music Centre.
Jason was asked by Sting to replace Kenny Kirkland in his band after his untimely death in 1998. Jason recorded on his Grammy winning Brand New Day CD and spent two years on a sell out world tour.
In 2003 Jason recorded Stings' latest DVD and CD Sacred Love and has just completed the 18 month Sacred Love tour, which ended in February with a Tsunami Benefit concert in Perth, Australia.
After working with Sting, Jason wanted to reflect his life with two young children and made a CD of jazz versions of children's tunes titled Jazz Rainbow.
For this gig the world renowned pianist will be appearing with his talented young son.
Admission costs £8.
St James' Wine Vaults welcomes jazz legend Bobby Wellins tonight at 8pm.
Bobby, a jazz tenor saxophonist, was born in 1936 and comes from a musical family.
He made his first recording in 1956 with Buddy Featherstonhaugh's quintet. In the early 1960s Wellins worked with the Tony Crombie Band, the legendary Tubby Hayes, and most notably began a long association with the pianist Stan Tracey. He recorded the landmark Under Milk Wood with Tracey in 1965.
He is highly regarded for his distinctive smoky tone and is seen as one of the most original British saxophonists.
Admission costs £9.