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Steppin’ out with some Hollywood sounds

The Zaatar Food and Arts restaurant in Nicosia is known for putting on some great music nights. Its next musical adventure is scheduled for tomorrow when the Steppin’ Out Jazz band will present some of the greatest film soundtracks from movie history, along with other tunes.

The Steppin’ Out Jazz band is made-up of vocalist Alice Ayvazian, Konstantinos Efraimidis on clarinet and saxophone, Dimitris Miaris on piano and Greg Makamian on double bass. The band is known for performing swing standards from the 30s, 40s and 50s. In their repertoire, the musicians continuously show their admiration for some of the great composers of that era, including George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Richard Rodgers.

Ayvazian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachussets, and two Master’s. During her time in America she participated as lead and backing vocalist in numerous studio recording projects as well as performances and concerts. She has also performed in various venues, concerts and special events in Cyprus and has conducted numerous vocal workshops for choirs and other educational institutions.

Efraimidis, from Greece, is a classically trained clarinetist who received his diploma from the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki. Since moving to Cyprus he has become an active member of the local music scene.

Miaris had his first connection with Jazz through the Jazz Futures workshops in Nicosia when he was 16. Since then he has attended a number of workshops in Cyprus and in Italy and has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Piano from the Ionian University’s Jazz Department.

Makamian has performed beside a number of great musicians, including Chris Byars, Pasquale Grasso, Zaid Nasser and many more. Recently he performed with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Charis Ioannou group, presenting the music of Charlie Parker – Bird with Strings.

This time, the four musicians will come together to take us to the classical Hollywooed cinema era, where we can sing along and enjoy some great Arabic cuisine.

Happy Go Lucky, Jazz Soundtracks in Movie History
Live performance by the Steppin’ Out Jazz Band. December 20. Zaatar Food and Arts Project, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €5. Tel: 77-776600

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