Guest critic Phil Woods reviews the North Sea Jazz Festival: The North Sea Jazz Festival takes place in fifteen concurrently competing venues at Rotterdam’s Ahoy, which reminded me of Birmingham’s NEC, perhaps […]
Krakow’s new Opera House, designed by Romain Loegler (2008) Live: NDR Big Band/ Maria Schneider / Nils Landgren.(Krakowska Opera, July 16th 2009) Maria Schneider’s three-part suite, Scenes from Childhood , originally commissioned […]
“This siddy is so….PRIDDY!!!” The mother and daughter eating their breakfast next to me are Californian. They start to weigh the pros and cons of a trip to the salt mines with […]
I will be blogging for the next few days- intermittently- from the Krakow Jazz Festival ….
I spoke to two people this morning who are involved with lobbying to get a small gigs exemption to the 2003 Licensing Act. They are both palpably disappointed. The Culture Select Committe […]
The Hampstead Theatre have contacted me about a play. “Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall”, will be on at the Hampstead Theatre, right by Swiss Cottage tube, from 22 […]
I like Glasgow. And Glaswegians. And Sarti’s Cafe (above) . Byas’d Opinion – named after the tune by Don Byas -is a jazz blog from Glasgow. And I like that too. Byas’d […]
I’ll be off heading off for the Krakow Jazz Festival this Thursday. But London is a city which musically never sleeps, and I will miss some great gigs. What’s caught my eye? […]
Here’s an opportunity to be Cartier-Bresson (above) for an evening. Well, actually to be Ronnie Scott’s house photographer during the Brit Jazz Festival. Interested? Katherine ames at Ronnie’s needs an email from […]
I couldn’t make it to hear one of the icons of jazz play in London on Saturday. Herbie Hancock was on with Lang Lang and the Philharmonia Orchestra in the 6,500 seat […]
LondonJazz reader Frank Griffith (thank you!) has brought to my attention an interesting essay/blogpost/debate “In Defence of Jazz Education . It’s by Dublin-based/ much-respected/educator/bassistRonan Guilfoyle- (the headless portrait above is from his […]
A selection of Downbeat Pollwinners , ahead of the August 2009 issue of the magazine.
LIVE: Hiromi plus support (Barbican) July 10th 2009 Hiromi is an explosive small package. She bounced onto the Barbican stage last night in a flowery summer dress, a pair of shiny black […]
I couldn’t ever imagine Leonard Cohen, say, or Thom Yorke of Radiohead being married to a woman called Joy. But drummer, vintage jazz nut Richard Pite is. And I’ve been talking to […]
It seemed a promising title , and made me think there are possibly other claimants. Any thoughts? Anyway, the Jewish Chronicle carries a rather rambling paean to Ronnie Scott (Photo from 1985 […]