FATHER and son duo Chris and Stephen Fiorentini will form the core of a new blues band making their public debut in the Maclean Room at Eden Court's Bishop's Palace on Sunday 8th September.
Chris and Stephen are third and forth generation musicians related to accordion virtuoso Giuseppe Fiorentini (1898-1968) who was a famous band leader on the London dance-band scene in the 1930s.
Chris has been a professional musician since the late 1960s, having worked alongside many well known dance bands and chart acts all over the globe. He now finds himself called out of musical retirement to play bass guitar alongside his son Stephen who, following the family tradition, has devoted his life to music.
Stephen plays many styles of guitar from classical, through to jazz and blues, and already has a number of notable appearances and recordings to his name.
On Sunday the Fiorentinis will become part of The Blues Buskers a new band which has been put together by Nigel Mackenzie, director of the regular Sunday afternoon Blazz series of jazz and blues concerts at Eden Court.
Joining the Fiorentinis and Mackenzie, who will be singing as well as playing piano and tenor saxophone, will be Danish drummer Niels Hoffmann.
The Blues Buskers will perform an eclectic programme of blues songs throughout the ages, from the early works of Bessie Smith, through Hoagy Carmichael, Elmore James and Woodie Guthrie, to some of John Coltrane’s blues-based jazz tunes of the 1960s.
Doors open at 2.30pm and the band will strike up at 3pm.
Tickets, at £8 each, are available from Eden Court box office.