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Review: Callum Roxburgh Quartet @ George IV

Lichfield’s Bore Street is providing a feast of entertainment for the city’s many music fans. Lichfield Arts have a packed programme at the Guildhall, while next door the George IV has the inaugural Backroom Jazz Festival.

The Festival, the idea of local trumpeter and composer Nick Dewhurst runs from October 17 until 21, with a number of gigs happening, as well as chances for local musicians to get up and play.

Although the Backroom at the George IV is only small, it is suitable for jazz and live music and the appreciative audience was surprisingly large for a Monday night.

The gig was kicked off by the Alice Gardenor Trejo Quintet, which as well as the talented saxophonist, also featured Nick Dewhurst playing compelling trumpet on a number of tunes by Ben Golson, the highlight of which was Little Town with tight playing from the two leads and the three piece rhythm section, all students at Birmingham Conservatoire.

Headlining the night was tenor saxophonist Callum Roxburgh, who led his quartet through his own music, and well chosen covers. Pieces such as Political Intrigue and the ballad Good Things Come were mixed in with a modal version of Scarborough Fair, in a similar treatment that John Coltrane gave to My Favourite Things, while Miles Davies’ Boplicity was delivered at a breathtaking pace, and allowed the four players the chance to show the results of years of hard work and study.

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