The Savannah, an upscale downtown restaurant, returns to its Amsterdam
connection in the next offering in it praiseworthy First Thursday jazz
Armando Cairo, a big-toned swaggering tenor saxophonist from Amsterdam,
performs with his quartet tonight from 7 to 10.With its 'First Thursday'
series successfully launched, the Savannah is expanding its jazz menu
to include performances on Friday and Saturday nights.
And the Cairo Quartet, in a three-night stint in Hartford, inaugurates
the restaurant;s nrw, expanded jazz programming with performances Friday
and Saturday nights running from 9:30 to 11.
Cairo has zero name recognition for most American jazz fans, many of
whom are cynical about Euro-jazz talents. But his robust attack on tenor
an approach rooted in such American masters as Sonny Rollins
and Dexter Gordon is sure to make many converts and maybe even
set the most severe skeptic's feet dancing.
One of Cairos capital hallmarks is his big, billowing tone, in
the tradition of such rococo soundmeisters as Coleman Hawkins and Ben
Webster. His solos light up with the bold, open-ended looseness and
highly charged qualities of Bennie Wallace.
Occasionally, theyre even seasoned with the 1960s avant-garde
bleats, blats and split tones of Archie Shepp. A modern mainstream player,
the saxophonist from Holland never sets foot into the Netherlands of
commercialism, now flooded with the brackish waters of 'smooth jazz'.
Instead, hes totally straight-ahead and swinging on his two quartet
Sirens and Tenor
With any luck, the self-taught saxophonist, who has a degree in art
and portraiture, will grace his Harford audience with a rendition of
Amsterdam Parade a celebratory, strutting street-parade
number from Red-Headed Sirens.
Joining Cairo are pianist Cajan Witmer, bassist Johnny Tevreden and
drummer Clarence Becton.
Last June, the Savannah made its first Amsterdam connection when it
presented the noted trompeter and Amsterdam native, Saskia
Laroo, dubbed as 'the first Lady of European Jazz'.
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