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The Guardian festival blog: Dayna Stephens/Sarah Tandy review – masterful sax and adventurous improv | Music


Stars always illuminate the stages of the London jazz festival: Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Angélique Kidjo and Abdullah Ibrahim have been among the celebrities at its 25th anniversary event in the last week. But the festival, which has its fingers on the pulse of contemporary music, also spotlights rising talents such as the young British pianist Sarah Tandy, and gives overlooked performers such as the American saxophonist Dayna Stephens as much importance on the billing.

Stephens’ festival visit to the 606 Club on 16 November picked up where he left off in Britain 17 years ago, when a kidney condition (treated by a transplant in 2015) made him unable to tour. Partnering at the 606 with a local trio led by the pianist Gareth Williams (joined by Calum Gourlay on bass and Tim Giles on drums), Stephens steadily expanded on the jazz-sax equivalent of speaking in long sentences, but scattered them with hints as to why every…



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