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Panayi gets more space to shine.


SAXOPHONIST Andy Panayi can often be found among the horn ranks of renowned large ensembles including the BBC Big Band.

He will be given more space to shine when he brings his own quartet to Biggin Hall in Coventry on Thursday.

The last time I saw him, Panayi explained to the audience that he was perceived primarily as a flautist, at least when he's working within the classical sphere.

Well in jazz, it's the tenor and baritone saxophones that have gained him the most attention, although the flute does broaden his range considerably, particularly when delivering a graceful ballad.

The evening is billed as a dedication to the repertoire of baritone saxophonist and composer GerryMulligan and his old 1950s band with trombonist Bob Brookmeyer.

However, Panayi is likely to present a wider programme, highlighting the contents of his new album, The Solar Cats.

I caught the band a few weeks ago near the beginning of this tour and the night's second set presented Panayi's new Journey To The Planets suite in its entirety.

The musicmade a good contrast with the first set's Mulligan material, as the quartet negotiated a wide range of moods, ambitiously painting images of the entire solar system.

This fine band also features trombonist Mark Nightingale, bassman Simon Woolf and drummer Steve Brown, which is the same team that recorded the album.

JAZZ DIARY TONIGHT The Dene River Jazzmen: Royal Naval Association, Adelaide Road, Leamington, 8pm. 01926 334873. The Ross Stanley Organ Trio: Birmingham Symphony Hall Bar, 5.30pm, free.

The BBC Big Band: Town Hall, Birmingham, 7.30pm. 0121 780 3333.

SUNDAY The Antique Six Jazz Band: Westwood Heath Club & Reading Rooms,Westwood Heath Road, Coventry, 12.30pm. 02476 403707.

Julie Edwards & Kevin Dearden: The White Swan, Rother Street, Stratford, 8pm, free. 01789 298607.

Dutch Lewis: The Prince Of Wales, Cambridge Street, Birmingham, 3pm, free. Polar Bear: The Glee Club, Arcadian, Birmingham, 8pm. Robert Mitchell & Corey Mwamba: The Drum, Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, 8pm. 0121 333 2444.

MONDAY The Tierra Buena Dixie Six: Coventry & NorthWarwickshire Cricket Club, Binley Road, Coventry, 8.30pm. 01676 540609.

The Dene River Jazzmen: Navigation Inn, Stratford Road, WoottonWawen, 8.30pm, free. WEDNESDAY The Sam Wooster Quartet: The Rainbow, Digbeth, 9pm. THURSDAY The Andy Panayi Quartet: Biggin Hall, Binley Road, Coventry, 8.30pm. George Huxley's Jazzmen: The Old Sillhillians Club House, Knowle, 8.30pm. 01564 730098. Joe Morris: Hare & Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath, 8pm. Val Wiseman & Paul Sawtell: Bohemian Restaurant, Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak, Birmingham, 8pm, free. 0121 471 2713.


PLANETS JOURNEY... The Andy Panayi Quartet
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Date:Oct 23, 2009
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