As Brand Republic reported yesterday, the custodians of the Beckham brand are currently attempting to stop his image being used in China to promote a sex drug. Meanwhile the message from the Beckham camp to both AC Milan and LA Galaxy seems to be that they should just keep spending. While I note that the children of Chingford and Buckhurst Hill on a trip to Butlins in Bognor competed- to the death – for a David Beckham Fair Play Award (well done the Under 10s).
But back to Leytonstone tube station. I know for certain I will be venturing out there. This time not to visit Whipps Cross Hospital, but to check out one of Martin Speake’s Monday nights at the Luna Lounge, because the March programm is superb.
Speake speaks: “I have started a new Monday evening residency at a great venue, LUNA LOUNGE, 7 Church Lane, Leytonstone, E11 1PG
If I don’t have a concert elsewhere i will be there and if not, a guest saxophone player will replace me so there will always be jazz on. 8pm start
This is very close to Leytonstone tube and has a bar and Indian food.£5/£4 studentsI will be joined by guest pianists, bass players and drummers each week.This includes pianist Rick Simpson, drummers Jeff Williams, James Maddren and Andy Chapman and bassist Sam Lasserson and Calum GourlayThe music will vary each gig and feature music by Charlie Parker,Ornette Coleman, Lennie Tristano, standard tunes and original music by myself which is featured on the ECM release Change of Heart. “
7 Church Lane, E11. It is also the address of The Eatery (!) “a modern and stylish Indian restaurant. On the menu is a tantalizing assortment of traditional dishes bursting full of flavour and spice.”
Every one of the five nights in March looks interesting, strong players all round. I’ve already ringed the 16th with Pete Hurt (tenor) Calum Gourlay (bass) and Jeff Williams (drums). And 30th Rick Simpson’s trio with Calum Gourlay again and James Maddren.
And I’m wondering if I won’t find a national newspaper critic – or even two- tucking into curry when I get there. And a “tantalizing assortment” of music.