Tonight, Tuesday, is the party at which Clare Whitaker of Serious launches (above) the London Jazz Festival. They’ve already announced that Sonny Rollins at the Barbican is sold out….But I’ll look forward to hearing the tales of the launch party afterwards.( Good money for good stories. )And to the festival site going live.
That’s because I’m looking forward to a different but equally noisy berth tonight, honking a baritone in a big band alongside Garnett pere, aka Willie.
Meanwhile Frank Griffith is out reviewing Miles alumnus Steve Grossman for LondonJazz.
Tomorrow Wednesday sees the grand re-opening at the new premises in Richmond of Way Out West, with a great line-up.
Thursday, do come and see a large blogger in action in Epsom. Neither on the flat nor , indeed, over the jumps, but in the theatre. I’m looking forward to interviewing Mike Janisch and hearing his “Purpose Built” band.
I’ve been enjoying a pre-release copy of the album. And am still enjoying it. What it reminds me of is enjoying a series of CDs by the great Ray Brown which came out under the title of “Some of My Best Friends are…” In Janisch’s case, I would be prepared to bet that any listener will hear someone they either don’t know yet, or haven’t heard recently. So I’ve been enjoying the playing of aaron Goldberg whom I haven’t heard since he played in Joshua Redman’s Quartet. Plus there’s some wonderful alto sax playing from Patrick Cornelius. And Phil Robson on guitar is about as pretty damned perfect as ever. The touring line-up is different. New York drummer Clarence Penn on drums for example. Now there’s a rumour he’s an amazing chef……
And then I’m particularly looking forward to Liam Noble’s premiere on Sunday. More on that later.