Preview: Robert Castelli ‘Boom’ Quartet, by Ian Fleckney

Robert Castelli Boom Quartet WOW Kent

Following the Dave Barry Quintet gig in June, The Anchorians Rugby Club in Gillingham will now play host to the Robert Castelli ‘Boom’ Quartet this Friday 17 July. WOW Contributor Ian Fleckney previews.

This performance is a special coup for the club as this band is in great demand for festivals all over the UK and Europe, in fact the following day they are playing the prestigious Marlborough Jazz Festival. American drummer/composer Robert Castelli and his all star quartet are guaranteed to give an explosive and exhilarating show, bringing New York funk as well as influences from Brazil, Latin and Eastern European music together in an original way.

Castelli is a third generation drummer from New York, and after learning basics from his father, he studied with some of the best drummers around including Ed Soph, Kim Plainfield, Robbie Gonzalez and Joe Ascione. He has played and recorded with well known and up and coming artists in just about every style and genre, including top jazz clubs in London such as Ronnie Scotts, 606 Club and the Pizza Express Dean Street.

London-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved out a reputation as one of the UK’s most original guitarists. Drawing on a love of Turkish and Eastern music and mixing it with jazz leanings, he has developed his own evocative sound that has been a hit with audiences in both the UK and Europe. He is certainly one of the stars on a vibrant UK jazz scene and is in constant demand.

The performance is surely one of the gigs of the year and should be supported by all those who enjoy live contemporary music.