Renowned sax player Art Themen, described as a ‘true original’ has agreed to become Herts Jazz Club’s honorary patron.
Clark Tracey from Herts Jazz said: “Last year we lost our honorary patron and jazz legend, Stan Tracey CBE. A tough seat to replace but we’ve decided to appoint Art Themen, who has worked for Herts Jazz for decades now.
“My own experience of Art goes back to the early 1970s and I was lucky enough to work with him for many years from 1978 in Stan’s various ensembles.
“Simply put, Art Themen epitomises that challenging but crucial ingredient of true jazz, immortally cited by Ken Burns: ‘the sound of surprise’.
He is a true original and we are therefore very proud he has accepted our appointment.”
Art Themen appears next with his quartet at the Herts Jazz Festival on Saturday and as part of the Three Tenors band opening the new season at Herts Jazz Club on Sunday October 5.