Published: 12:13, 06 October 2019
| Updated: 12:13, 06 October 2019
The bestselling violinist of all time, maverick musician Nigel Kennedy, will play new interpretations of pieces by George Gershwin at a unique concert in Tunbridge Wells later this month.
Kennedy and his talented band will play timeless works such as Summertime, Rhapsody In Blue and Porgy and Bess at the event at the Assembly Hall Theatre.
Kennedy Meets Gershwin Meets Bach on Thursday, October 24 - presented by Rye international jazz and blues festival - will feature reinterpretations of the work of George Gershwin along with pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, and his own compositions from his illustrious career.
His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire.
Known for his classical and rock performances, a love of jazz has also featured prominently in his career. Classical music’s most successful performer of all-time grew up listening to his stepfather’s jazz records, picking out Fats Waller tunes on the piano.
By the age of 16, leading jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli had invited the boy prodigy to appear with him at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and yet the vast majority of Kennedy’s recorded output has been in the classical and rock genres.
He said: "For me, Gershwin’s work is epitomised by three main ingredients: the fusion of jazz and classical music, the beautiful melodic influences of Jewish culture and the unique energy of New York City. This music fits my nature, skill set and experiences so well."
Book tickets online at assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01892 530613.
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