Partisans / John Etheridge (solo)
The museum's month of jazz begins with the incredible guitar of John Etheridge, showcasing his unique playing with a solo show. One of the true masters of the guitar - John Etheridge is one of our unsung national treasures, and was nominated this year for Jazz Musician of the Year at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. John has played with Stephane Grappelli, Soft Machine, Sting, and is one of the most admired and respected musicians in the UK.
Since its formation in 1996 Partisans has been thrilling audiences with its ferociously energetic performances. With its tightly knit themes and a great freedom coming from the years of playing and gigging together their visceral, groove-based sound combines bop lines with rock riffs and flowing melodies, bridging the gap between New York swing, UK rock energy and the US jam-band scene. One of the first of the new wave of UK jazz bands to be influenced as much by Jimi Hendrix as by Miles Davis or Sonny Rollins, Partisans are a band where the combination of each member's influences combines with a real creative spark generating huge excitement and energy. Very well-known musicians in their own right, Partisans are Phil Robson on guitar, Julian Siegel on sax, Gene Calderazzo on drums, and Thaddeus Kelly on bass.