Saxophonist and retired Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Art Themen, was a member of the Cambridge University band that also included Dick Heckstall-Smith, before becoming involved with the early London blues scene, along with Alexis Korner, Jack Bruce and Mick Jagger.
He fronted Stan Tracey’s Quartet for 20 years from 1976. More recent projects include the “Three Tenors of Jazz” with Don Weller and Mornington Lockett.
Art has performed with numerous US and British luminaries and is known for his originality and individual style on both tenor and soprano saxophones.
Tenor saxophonist and clarinettist, Frank Griffith was born in Oregon, USA, and lived in New York from 1980 to 1995, working with Ron Carter, Jack McDuff and the Orchestras of Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis and Mel Torme among others.
He moved to London in 1996, forming his own nine piece band soon afterwards. The Nonet has recorded successfully several times, and has been a regular feature at Jazz Festivals throughout the UK.
He is a renowned composer and arranger, supplying charts and compositions to the Ron Carter Nonet, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra.
Join us for an entirely free day of family fun – with storytelling, puppets, making some art, poetry and a chance to dance along with Gunpowder Gertie!
11.30am – Poetry with Paul Lyalls
Join in for some rhymes and spoken words with Paul Lyalls – full of fun and laughter for all ages!
12.15pm – Storytelling with Mike Dodsworth
Join in for tales around the world with Mike Dodsworth – lots of participation guaranteed and stories to make your day even brighter!
1pm – Gunpowder Gertie
Join in for fun, imagination and movement inspired by pirate storytelling, dancing and yoga with Gunpowder Gertie!
2pm – Art with Yana Stajno
Join in for some creative art workshops with fine artist Yana Stajno – packed full of colour with lots of chances to draw whatever your imagination tells you to!
3pm – Imagination Station Puppets
Join in for yarns and tales from the Imagination Station Puppets – more participation and enjoyment and a great way to end the Family Fun Day!
Karamel is a Time Out London 2018 Award Winning restaurant in Wood Green. It is a unique vegan space in the heart of Wood Green’s Cultural Quarter and is the centre point of the Chocolate Factory studios. Enjoy good quality fresh, affordable and hearty breakfasts, and world food buffets. We aim to satisfy the most critical beer drinker with our quality craft vegan beers from local or micro-breweries on tap.
It is open Mon-Sun and hosts Jazz every Thursday evening and presents singer/songwriters, alternative folk and poetry and emerging artists on Friday nights.