Seamus Blake at Oliver’s

It shouldn’t be allowed to happen, but it is. Saxophonist Seamus Blake – above with others of New York’s finest – will be at the tiny Oliver’s Bar in Nevada Street in Greenwich next Monday 25th. He’s with fabulous Northern Irish guitarist Mark McKnight. It’s an organ quartet with Ross Stanley, plus James Maddren on drums. For those last two, some of the most prodigiously talented and also nicest guys around, I was surprised to learn this was their first collaboration, and am definitely intrigued to hear how that works.

It’s the last gig of a tour which also includes the Cork Jazz Festival, more like the kind of gig a group of this calibre should be getting. For those that can get in it could be a contender for gig of the year. And if anyone sitting in a tower in Canary Wharf valuing stuff wants to find a definition of “acute undervaluation,” just cross the river and look no further. I’m genuinely excited by this one. GO.

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