Jan Akkerman

Staying focused

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This article is from 2007.

Jan Akkerman

Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman is not an easy guy to pin down in terms of style. He made his initial reputation in the fondly remembered Dutch prog-rock outfit Focus, where he and Thijs van Leer formed the creative core of the band. After splitting from the group in 1976 (there was a later, less successful reunion), he pursued his own career, and in the process has amassed an impressive list of collaborators that constitutes a pigeon-holer’s nightmare.

Let’s see – there’s blues legend B B King and jazz great Charlie Byrd. There’s Alan Price, and jazz arranger Claus Ogerman. There’s the late Herman Brood, a maverick Dutch rocker, former Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally, and Gypsy guitar maestro Stochelo Rosenberg. Oh, and there’s Ice-T. Which leaves plenty of room for speculation on what he might do in this acoustic set, although advance word is that he will focus on a mix of his own compositions and jazz standards. (Kenny Mathieson)

Acoustic Music Centre@St Brides, 21 Aug, 9pm, £15 (£12).

This article is from 2007.

Jan Akkerman

Erstwhile guitarist in OTT Europroggers Focus. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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