A Greek flavour for Monday jazz session at Bedford Arms

Petros Klampanis, who is playing with Vasilis Xenopoulos
Petros Klampanis, who is playing with Vasilis Xenopoulos

Two world-renowned musicians are heading to the Bedford Arms to play at its weekly jazz session.

Tenor saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos will be joined by Petros Klampanis on double bass at the Bromham Arms venue on Monday.

Vasilis Xenopoulos was born in Athens. He showed great potential from and was awarded a jazz scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA in 1999.

By 2002 Vasilis had moved to London, where he formed his first quartet in 2005 and gradually established himself as one of London’s up-and-coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman and Alan Barnes. On an international level, he has appeared with a variety of top performers such as pianists Hiromi, and Jason Lindner. The Times described him as “one of the most fiery young saxophonists around.”

Petros Klampanis grew up on the Greek island of Zakynthos, surrounded by the confluence of Mediterranean and Balkan folk music. Since his relocation to New York City, Klampanis has performed alongside some of the city’s renowned jazz musicians, iIn addition to his extensive list of appearances in USA, including the storied venues of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York and Kennedy Center in Washington DC, he has performed at the internationally acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival and the Palatia Jazz Festival in Germany. Petros was recently voted as the “Best Artist of 2015” on jazzonline.gr.

Music starts at 8.30pm, with a £5 suggested contribution to pay the musicians.