Art Theman, orthopaedic surgeon (now retired) and illustrious saxman, remains a firm favourite on the British jazz scene with a pedigree as long as Southend Pier. Art was involved in the early British blues movement with Alexis Korner’s All Stars, Jack Bruce’s Band and Long John Baldry’s Hoochie Coochie Men. He has played and recorded with the bands of Michael Garrick, Graham Collier, Don Weller and in 1974 began a long association with Stan Tracey. He also toured and recorded with Charlie Parker alumni, Red Rodney and Al Haig. On piano this evening we welcome the supremely talented John Donaldson. "With remarkably little publicity or fuss John Donaldson has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting contemporary jazz pianists with his own distinctive style" - Dave Gelly, The Observer.