“The leader, who’s beefy extrovert style combines the best elements of Sal Nistico and Johnny Griffin, is in sparkling form throughout.” Jack Massarik

         
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“The leader, who’s beefy extrovert style combines the best elements of Sal Nistico and Johnny Griffin, is in sparkling form throughout.” Jack Massarik, Evening Standard

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“One of the most fiery young saxophonists around blazes a path through the hard bop repertoire” (The Times)

The “Wind Machine” is the adaptation of some classic big band arrangements for a smaller ensemble. It was an idea Vasilis was working on for years, especially after listening to the album "A Chip off The Old Block" by Stanley Turrentine, where the entire record is a tribute to the music of Count Basie. In this project however, the track selection covers a much wider selection of the Big Band Era songbook. The music has all been arranged for a quintet but yet the goal was to maintain the energy and interplay you get with a larger jazz group - songs such as:

Four Brothers Jimmy Giuffre/ Woody Herman Big Band
The Groove Merchant Jerome Richardson/ Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Big Band
Tin Tin Deo Gil Fuller & Chano Pozo/ Dizzy Gillespie Big Band
Corner Pocket Freddie Green/ Count Basie Orchestra
The Fun Club Bob Brookmeyer/ The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra
The Wind Machine Sammy Nestico/ Count Basie Orchestra
Prelude to a Kiss/Sophisticated Lady Duke Ellington
Splanky Neal Hefti/ Count Basie Orchestra
Playhouse Manny Albam/ Buddy Rich Orchestra

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"...an accomplished saxophonist, composer and arranger and a tremendous asset to the UK Jazz Scene." LondonJazz (click to read review)

Saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos was born in Athens and started playing clarinet and piano at 9 years of age. He started on the saxophone at 13, and continued his music studies at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens. He showed great potential from the very early stages of his student years and gained a great deal of experience by playing with some of the top names in the Greek jazz scene.
In 1999 Vasilis was awarded a jazz scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. There he studied under Billy Pierce, George Garzone and Andy McGhee.

In the same year he represented Greece in the European Jazz Youth Orchestra and toured with them in many European countries.

By 2002 Vasilis had moved to London and continued his studies under the guidance of Eddie Harvey, Stan Sulzmann, Jimmy Hastings and Pete Cook.

Vasilis formed his first Quartet in 2005 and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. As a jazz musician he has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato and many others. On an international level, he has appeared with a variety of top performers such as sensational pianists Hiromi, and Jason Lindner.

In 2009 he formed his current ensemble “The Xtet” and their debut album “Loud City” containing 8 original compositions was released on 33Jazz Records in 2011 to much critical acclaim.

Vasilis has appeared in many guises, as guest soloist, as band leader or as saxophone section leader in jazz venues and jazz festivals throughout the UK. He is currently lead tenor in the Steve Taylor Big Band, and in the Ealing based Sound of 17 Big Band. He is also a regular member of the Tenor Madness band alongside Alan Barnes and Derek Nash as well as the Nigel Price Organ Trio.

His current line up for The Wind Machine features:
Steve Fishwick t., Nigel Price g., Bill Mudge, Hammond Organ, Pete Cater d.

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Upcoming "The Wind Machine" Tour Dates

April
9 - Mill Hill Jazz Club
10 - The Jazz Den, Langley Park Club, Kent
13 - The Bent Brief, Southampton Modern Jazz Club
16 - Saffron Jazz, The Saffron Hotel, Essex
24 - The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle
25 - St. Cuthberts Centre, Durham
30 - Karamel Restaurant, London

May
2 - North Weald Village Hall
8 - Folkestone Jazz Club at the Tower
13 - Marlow Jazz Club, Royal British Legion Hall
29 - Harri's Jazz, Bagster House, MIDDX

June
8 - Sound Cellar, Poole, Dorset
9 - The Inn Lodge, Portsmouth Jazz Society

CONTACT: Vasilis Xenopoulos

Tel +44 (0) 7986 805626
EMAIL: info@vasilisx.com
www.vasilisx.com

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