Dan Whieldon’s European Quartet is made up of Belgian trumpeter Jean-Paul Estievenart, bassist Philippe Aerts and his regular British drummer- Dave Walsh.
Dan has written new material for today’s concert but it will also contain some better known repertoire from his album Positive Changes. The music contains a blend of European-Jazz and Classical influences, Dan’s usual lyrical melodies but also a healthy dose of swing.
Jean Paul Estievenart is an in-demand Belgian trumpet player who has worked with Enrico Pieranunzi, Nathalie Loriers, Avishai Cohen, Logan Richardson, Joe Lovano, Brussels Jazz Orchestra and Perico Sambeat.
Philippe Aerts, one of Dan’s favourite European bassists for many years has worked and recorded in Europe and New York with players such as Joe Henderson, Chet Baker, Joe Lovano, Larry Schneider, Steve Grossman, Tom Harrell, Lew Tabackin, Gary Burton, Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Richie Beirach, Art Lande, Mal Waldron, David Kikoski, Charlie Mariano, Richard Galliano, Philip Catherine, Helen Merrill, Lewis Nash, Billy Drummond and Toshiko Akiyoshi.
Dave Walsh and Dan Whieldon need no introduction to our audience at Southport and make up the other part of what promises to be an excellent quartet.
Dan Whieldon – Piano
Jean-Paul Estievenart – Trumpet
Philippe Aerts – Double Bass
Dave Walsh – Drums