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“His magnificent solos run from jazz ballads to the furious sounds of township sax… music that has become his connection to his roots.”

Africa Review

“A composer, keyboardist and harmonica player, Glasser is intense – his tunes are joyful, driving and danceable.”

Jazz Times Review

“Virtuosity, panache… a man in complete control of his considerable resources.”

Vortex Review

Adam Glasser Set to Release London-Recorded 3rd Album 'SA & Beyond' featuring All-star Cast'

Adam Glasser is known for two unique features - South African jazz and the chromatic harmonica. ‘Free at First’ his debut album won best Jazz album South African Music Awards 2010 and his follow up ‘Mzansi’ was nominated Best Jazz album South African Music Awards 2012. He is nearing completion of his third album set for release in the Spring 2018. Entitled ‘SA & Beyond’ the album is the extraordinary result of a London recording session this summer in Adam brought together his long time guitarist - rising UK Star Rob Luft - and one of South Africa’s most significant cutting edge pianists Bokani Dyer who brought to London his regular international trio bassist Romy Brauteseth and drummer Sphelelo Mazibuko, both leading SA musicians of their generation. On this new album Adam continues his beloved quest exploring and bringing back to attention lesser know striking compositions of South African composers - interpretations on harmonica and small band of works by Themba Mkhize, Kippie Moeketsi, Bheki Mseleku, Victor Ndlazilwana & Jimmy Dludlu as well as some very unusual choices from current US jazz contempories Donald Harrison and RC Williams (Erykah Badu’s long time musical director), all the while stretching the limits of jazz improvisation on the chromatic harmonica. Some of these compositions will be featured in a unique concert at London’s 606 Club with Danish harmonica superstar and keyboard player Mathias Heise.

Adam and Mathias

Adam Glasser & Mathias Heise

Thursday 26. October 8.30pm

606 Club London

At 24, Danish harmonica virtuoso and keyboardist Mathias Heise is a world leading jazz exponent of the chromatic mouth organ. World Chromatic Harmonica Champion at the 2013 Hohner Festival in Trossingen, he has released 2 acclaimed albums with his fusion band Quadrillion who have performed internationally - Penang Island Jazz Festival in Malaysia and a recent tour of the Czech Republic.
In 2016, Mathias received the one of Denmark’s most prestigious arts prizes for new talent - the Crown Prince's Star Award.

In July 2017 Quadrillion visited London for a promotional performance of their latest album ‘Decadence’ (distributed here on Discovery Records) at the Spice of Life in Soho. Adam sat in at the jam session afterwards and it was soon clear he and Mathias had much musical territory in common - both keyboard players, both chromatic harmonica players and both lovers of jazz and fusion music.

The 606 Club provides a rare & unique opportunity to hear two great exponents of the chromatic harmonica explore a selection of each others compositions as well as their common passion for jazz improvisation on contemporary standards. They will be supported by outstanding London based jazz musicians Michael De Souza - guitar, Geoff Gascoyne - bass and Tristan Mailliot - drums.

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From 2nd - 5th November Adam travels to Trossingen in Germany to participate in Hohner's World Harmonica Festival, where he is a featured soloist in a Tribute to Toots Thielemans on Sat 4th November and where he will assist with judging the international competition and deliver a masterclass.

In the meantime you can catch Adam and Mathias Heise at the Annual National Harmonica League Festival in Bristol on Sat 28th October.

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