Tribute to one of the true jazz greats

A TRIBUTE to one of the greats of American jazz is coming to the Under Ground Theatre – courtesy of the ever-popular Roy Hilton Quintet – on February 25 (8pm).

They’re set to celebrate the songs of pianist Horace Silver with Roy Hilton on piano joined by four effortlessly excellent musicians: Gary Kavanagh (trumpet), Alex Garnett (sax), Bobby Worth (drums) and Dave Green (bass).

Known for his distinctive funky playing style, Silver was influenced by a wide range of musical genres.

Among them are gospel, African, and Latin American music – sometimes also a venture into soul jazz. Horace Silver was responsible for writing many of the tunes that have become today’s jazz standards – among them, Cape Verdean Blues, Nica’s Dream, Song for my Father and Senor Blues.

A tribute to Silver’s music is long overdue, and nobody is better placed to bring one to the stage than Roy Hilton, whose musical credentials feature a host of top names.

For many years he was MD to another Under Ground favourite, Angie Mills, and appeared with her there many times.

Tickets cost £10, call 737677 or buy them from the Tourist Information Centre.