Sax player for the stars on his way to Bedford Arms night

Tenor saxophonist Robert Fowler
Tenor saxophonist Robert Fowler

He’s played with Bryan Ferry, Humphrey Lyttelton and Rufus Wainwright – and now audiences in Bedford can hear the talent of Robert Fowler live.

He will play the weekly Monday Night Jazz session at the Bedford Arms on July 24, demonstrating what The Observer has described as his “juicy cavernous sound”.

Robert’s jazz career began while studying graphic design in Bristol. On graduating he was approached to play with The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. There followed nearly a decade of international and national touring, travelling much of Europe, the USA and the UK, which Robert found invaluable - nurturing his early talent and developing his rich sound.

Robert has worked with many bands from the British jazz scene, appearing with The Echoes of Ellington and the BBC Big Band and is a regular with Alan Barnes’ octet as well as The Back to Basie Orchestra.

In 1999, Robert was asked to play on a session for Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry for the album As Time Goes By. This led to a further two years of touring with Bryan and working across other areas of the musical spectrum.

Robert has also played with Canadian singer,Rufus Wainwright, as well as appearing with the RTE Orchestra in Dublin and the CBSO in Birmingham. About ten years ago, Robert joined the ranks of the Humphrey Lyttelton Band. Since Humph’s death in April 2008, the band is currently honouring many concert dates, performing his music as a tribute to the great man.

He will be joined by bassist Mark Lewandowski, who has become a regular at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

The music starts at 8.30pm, with suggested donations of £5 per person.