Robert Fowler (tenor sax) with the Blue Vanguard Trio

Robert Fowler and the Blue Vanguard Trio

Date/Time
Wednesday 26 January 2022
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre

Categories
Jazz


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This is the first concert in our partnership with Exeter’s Blue Vanguard club. Every month, their visiting soloist will be coming here as well, usually on a Wednesday night. There are some great gigs in store here – look out for the full line up, to be announced soon, or see bluevanguard.co.uk.

Robert Fowler is a rarity amongst the younger generation of British players in that he honed his instrumental skills in very much the same way, as a member for ten years of The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. This band is recognised as probably the leading exponent of dance band era music, having toured the world, recorded 19 albums and appeared on television and radio numerous times in Britain and Europe.

Robert followed his time with the PRO with stints with Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra (re-creating the music of Glenn Miller), appearances with the BBC Big Band and Humphrey Lyttelton’s band, and two years touring with Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music. Having well and truly paid his dues, Robert is now pursuing a solo career, although he continues his various assignments under other band leaders too.

The first thing anyone notices about his tenor saxophone playing is the tone. It’s broad, warm and juicy, a perfect fit for his calm, measured phrasing.” Dave Gelly, The Observer

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December 2021:Omicron Update

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