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Tango, bepop and all that jazz

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Four internationally-acclaimed musicians bring the passion of the tango to the stage next month in the first of a new season of lunchtime concerts at the University of Kent in Canterbury, sponsored once more by Furley Page Solicitors.

Violinist David Le Page, cellist Matthew Sharp, accordionist Milos Milivojevic and pianist David Gordon will be unleashing the searing melodies and intoxicating rhythms of legendary Argentinian performer and tango composer Astor Piazzolla on Wednesday 11 February.

Piazolla, once described as ‘the world’s foremost composer of tango music’, revolutionised the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music.

The second concert of the season, on Wednesday 11 March, features The Geoff Mason Quintet, led by former Coldstream Guards trombonist Geoff Mason. Geoff, a regular with Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, is widely regarded as one of the UK’s finest exponents of ‘Blue Note’ era jazz.

The quintet, which includes Simon Spillett on tenor sax, John Horler on piano,Tim Wells on bass and Trevor Tomkins on drums, has appeared on BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM and at jazz festivals throughout the country, and for this concert brings a lively blend of jazz standards and bebop tunes.

Furley Page Senior Partner Peter Hawkes said: “The University of Kent’s Lunchtime Concerts continue to showcase some of the most highly-acclaimed artists from around the globe.

“We are proud to once again support a series which makes such wonderful entertainment accessible to the whole community.”

The lunchtime concerts are held in the university’s stunning Colyer-Fergusson Hall. Performances start at 1.10pm. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of £3. For more information, visit