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Sax and surprising rhythms at the Spice of Life

09 August, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Julian Webster Greaves (photo and Al Nicholls (

Jazz to die for is being played at next Wednesday’s gigs at the Spice of Life, Soho (August 15).

At lunchtime, two splendid tenor saxophonists – Julian Webster Greaves and Al Nicholls – are playing with the Jack Honeyborn All-Stars. Webster Greaves is a relatively young multi-instrumentalist who’s played with everyone from Shakin’ Stevens and Gilbert O’Sullivan to The Eurythmics. Al Nicholls is an exceptional, brilliant saxophonist, a master of the authentic Swing sounds of the 1940s and 50s.

Playing the evening gig is pianist Tomasz Bura with Yolanda Charles on bass and Mark Mondesir on drums plus astonishing world music singer Rouhangeze Baichoo.
Coming from the eastern European school of classical piano, Bura has a wide language as an instrumentalist and composer. His compositions are rich with colourful harmonies and surprising rhythms.

• Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus, Soho: Two tenor sax players – Julian Webster Greaves & Al Nicholls play with Jack Honeyborne All-stars, 12.30pm, £8; Tomasz Bura, piano/keyboards, & the Scientists, 8pm, £10, 020 7437 7013,

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