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Jazz never sleeps in Nicosia

If jazz is what you seek, then look no further than Sarah’s Jazz Club tonight and tomorrow, where jazz has found a home in the heart of the capital.

The stage will be taken over tonight by the New Quartet, who are New York-based Cypriot pianist Glafkos Kontemeniotis, bass player Apostolos Sideris, saxophone player Charis Ioannou and drummer Ioannis Vafeas.

Kontemeniotis has performed at many top jazz clubs in New York, in prestigious theatres in Greece and in a number of jazz festivals. His own recording, Progress, was released in April 2010 to great reviews.

Sideris, who studied at The City University of New York, has performed with a wide array of musicians.

Ioannou studied jazz saxophone at Berklee College of Music in Boston and in New York. He has performed all around the world and is currently teaching the saxophone and the jazz idiom at The University of Nicosia. Like Ioannou, Vafeas also studied at Berklee College of Music. He performs regularly in festivals and concert halls all over Europe.

Tomorrow UK-based jazz singer Charlotte Storer will show how jazz is done the female way. Storer’s vocals will be accompanied by the bass, played by Irenaeos Koulouras, the saxophone by Charis Ioannou, and the drums by Marios Spyrou.

Storer began singing jazz at the age of 16 when she started studying and playing with American Jazz Ambassador representatives from New York. In 2010 she moved to Tel-Aviv, where she performed with a number of musicians in the local jazz scene. Then came a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2013. Now based in London, she performs in various venues around the city.

The New Quartet
Jazz performance. September 8. Sarah’s Jazz Club, Xanthis Xenierou 35, Nicosia. 9.30pm. Tel: 95-147711

Charlotte Storer
Performance by the jazz singer. September 9. Sarah’s Jazz Club

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