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30th November 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Orpington Jazz Club present Jim Mullen. A legend of the British jazz scene for several decades and still one of the finest guitarists in the Europe today. Jim is an artist of such quality and depth that throughout all of his many successful collaborations over the years his signature sound has been a big part of what made all of them so great.
In conjunction with saxophonist and longtime collaborator Dick Morrissey, guitarist Jim Mullen spearheaded the British jazz-fusion movement of the 1970s. Born November 26, 1945 in Glasgow, Scotland, Mullen acquired his first guitar at age eight, soon after discovering jazz through an older friend. Jim relocated to London in 1969, joined Pete Brown’s Piblokto!, and then signed on with Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, cementing his credentials in the nascent jazz-rock culture. Stints with Vinegar Joeand Kokomo followed, and in the early 1970s he also collaborated with Duncan and Ball in their blue-eyed funk unit the Average White Band. Via the AWB, Mullen met Morrissey, a veteran of the much-respected jazz-rock vehicle If. In 1977, they teamed as a duo for Up, embracing everything from bop to pop to funk and found favor with listeners on both sides of the jazz-rock dyad via acclaimed efforts such as 1979’s Cape Wrath. In all, Morrissey and Mullen co-headlined six albums. Morrissey and Mullen finally split following 1988’s Happy Hour, and Mullen went on to work with vocalist Claire Martin. He also headlined a series of LPs including Rule of Thumb and Soundbites. An in-demand sideman, Mullen backed American giants including Mose Allison, Jimmy Smith, and Terry Callier. The last several years have seen Jim continue to work all over the UK with his critically acclaimed organ trio, with which he has released several CDs.
Admission £10 on the door, bar open 6pm – 11pm, concert 8.00 – 10.30pm