February’s gathering of jazz fans at The Villa in Wrea Green takes place on Sunday from 8pm and will feature eclectic guitar and vocal duo Twin Frets (pictured above) – with added rhythm section.
Since the band formed in the late 90s, Willy Fluss and Vernon Fuller have been a regular feature at jazz and blues festivals across the UK and Europe.
Their exploits have led them on to the same stage as soul legend Geno Washington, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Northern Chamber Orchestra.
The group is led by St Annes-based guitarist Willy Fluss, a regular feature on the local scene since he moved from his native Italy some 15 years ago.
“Vernon and I first met and played together at the Penrith Guitar Show,” said Willy. “We were both admiring and play-testing the beautiful guitars made by English luthier Ken Walton, when someone asked us to play a tune together.
“We started playing the riff from Miles Davis’ All Blues, and before we knew it, a little crowd had gathered.”
A passing rock guitarist commented the duo sounded good together, and said they should be called Two Frets. The name stuck, and more than 10 years later the two are still performing together.
Vernon Fuller started his performing career in his native London playing funk, R&B, reggae and world music.
Influenced by George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau and Bob Marley, his vocal style has a natural warmth and rhythmic flexibility, which delights audiences wherever he performs.
Willy draws his principal influences from John Scofield, Mike Stern and Wes Montgomery.
He first came to England to attend the prestigious Leeds College of Music, which he graduated from in 1995.
As well as performing regularly, in a wide range of settings, he runs his own teaching studio.
Jazz at the Villa promoter Dan Forshaw said: “Twin Frets provide a very relaxed and creative display of virtuosic guitar talent.
“I hope as people will come down and see these phenomenal guitarists.”
The Villa runs a monthly jazz event on the first Sunday of each month.
The venue has hosted jazz events monthly since 2003.