Had some laughs with Sean taking pics for promotion of his forthcoming album 'Palmares Fantasy' on Far Out Recordings. The album features the legendary Hermeto Pascoal, but with the temperatures plummeting & flurries of snow coming down it all felt a long way from the heat of Brazil . He looks cool, but he is actually freezing...
Launch of 'The World of Eshu Dina' EP by the amazing Cuban trumpeter Yelfris Valdes with Jamie Murray on drums, Mikel Montolli on bass and Nathan Britton playing keys.
I recently had the great pleasure of hanging out with and taking a few snaps of the seriously talented Ed Cawthorne, aka Tenderlonious and the front man of Ruby Rushton, at his home in South London.
Sold out show with Yussef Dayes, Mansur Brown & special guests including Nubya Garcia, Obongjayar, Yahael Camara-Onono and others down at a new venue 'Ghost Notes' in Peckham.
Yazz Ahmed Trio & Ill Considered playing at the Four Letter Word Festival, Shoreditch 18.2.18. Couldn't understand why this wasn't packed out ! Still great to see Yazz Ahmed playing tunes from her fabulous album 'La Saboteuse', and 'Ill Considered' really killing it!
Only last year, after attending a talk on Polish Jazz by the guys at Lanquidity Records, I fell in love with the music of the Polish maestro Krzysztof Komeda. So I was thrilled to hear EABS contemporary take on his work 'Repetitions'. Live they didn't disappoint, add to that Tenderlonious and you have another genius night at the TRC ! Spisek Jednego on turntables, Olaf Wegier on tenor sax, Marek Pedziwiatr vocals, keys, Marcin Rak on drums, Vojto Monteur guitar, Pawel Stachowiak bass & moog, Jakub Kurek playing trumpet & Tenderlonious on flute.
'Tom Skinner presents' Jason Yarde Trio : with Jason Yarde on saxes, Larry Bartley bass & Mick Pickering playing drums at the Pickle Factory. Support from !WAH featuring Joe Armon-Jones and Jake Long, where do these guys get their energy, not to mention creativity from ? The Pickle Factory is a great venue, but that red lighting is a nightmare for photographers....
Classic Album Sundays present Donald Byrd's 'Black Byrd', with Yelfris Valdes on trumpet, Nathan Britton on keys, Dario Congedo on drums, Liran Donin on bass, Nathaniel Cross on trombone, Theon Cross on tuba & Christian Mendoza on guitar at the Jazz Cafe, London 5.2.18
Brother Testament with a fantastic set of covers & originals : Munashe Caleb Manyumbu on keys, Sascha Create playing drums, Hugh Piper on bass & Mark Mollison on guitar
Launch of Brownwood's 'We Out Here' album celebrating the best of the 'new sound of London jazz' , with Joe Armon-Jones, Kokoroko, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Maisha & Triforce.
Performing as part of the 'Jazz Herstory' season at the lovely new arts centre 'Poplar Union'. Melodic, tuneful & at times moving new compositions from some wonderful musicians. Liz Excel playing drums, Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Cassie Kinoshi, Shirley Tetteh guitar, Nubya Garcia tenor sax & flute, Rosie Turton trombone & Rio Kai on bass
Fabulous album by Hello Skinny "Watermelon Sun' featuring legendary trombonist Peter Zummo. Tom Skinner on drums, Leon Britchard on bass, Nick Ramm on keys & Robert Stillman on tenor sax. Total Refreshment Centre, London 17.1.18
Brighton's Vels Trio playing tribute to wonderful George Duke. Cameron Dawson - bass, Dougal Taylor - drums & Jack Stephenson-Oliver - keys with guests Ade Omotayo on vocals & Ed Riches on guitar at Jazz Cafe 13.1.18
Promising young vocalist Ineza Kershkamp with Adam Chinery on guitar, Deschanel Gordon on keys & Adam Woodcock playing drums. Deptford Job Centre, 6.1.18
These guys can improvise ! Idris Rahman playing sax, Leon Britchard on bass, Emre Ramazanoglu on drums, Satin Singh & Yahael Camera-Onono playing percussion.
Talent abounds in this Sun Ra influenced combo led by Axel Kaner-Lidstrom on trumpet with James Mollison on tenor, Joe Elliot on alto sax, Rosie Turton on trombone, Mark Mollison on guitar, Michael Shrimpling on bass, Sarah Tandy on keys Sam Jones on drums & Kianja on vocals
Three amazing bands playing as part of a Ronnie Scotts showcase of British talent. Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin : Joe Armon-Jones, keys, Maxwell Owin, keys & electrics, Dylan Jones, trumpet, Jake Long, drums, Nubya Garcia, sax, Ben Hayes, keys & electrics, Mutale Chashi on bass. Binker Golding Quartet, Binker on tenor sax, Sam Jones on drums, Daniel Casimer on bass, Joe Armon Jones on keys. Maisha : Jake Long - drums, Nubya Garcia on tenor sax, Twm Dylan on bass, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Sarah Tandy - keys. Yahael Camera Onono & Tim Doyle doing the percussion.
A very special tribute to the great Pharaoh Sanders with Shabaka Hutchings on tenor sax, Wayne Frances on alto sax, Theon Cross on tuba, Tom Skinner on drums, Maxwell Hallett on drums, Tom Herbert on electric bass, Ahmad Dayes on trombone & Dan Leavers on keys. As Shabaka remarked, "the spirits were moved".
Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra is still inspirational at 93 years of age, playing sax, flute, casio vl-tone, electronic valve instrument & vocals. Bonkers but sublime, with Kash Killion on bass, cello, sarangi & vocals, Avreeayl Ra – drums, bamboo flute. Ka on piano.
Rising stars of the new jazz scene playing in showcase of music school talent. Trinity Laban Contemporary Jazz Ensemble and (I'm)Possibilities perform as part of the Next Generation Takes Over EFG London Jazz Festival at the Barbican 12.11.17
Fantastic music , marvellous musicians with Axel Kaner-Lidstrom on trumpet, James Mollison on tenor, Joe Elliot on alto sax, Rosie Turton on trombone, Mark Mollison on guitar, Michael Shrimpling on bass, Dominic Stephen Canning on keys & Jake Long on drums. Serious talent and what gets me is they all play in other equally standout bands such as Nerija, Maisha, Ezra Collective and others....
Real pleasure to take some pics for Far Out Recordings to celebrate their 200th release'Viajando Com O Som ' by Hermeto Pascoal. Saxophonist Sean Khan played some tunes from Hermeto's songbook with Sam Leak on keys and Laurie Lowe on drums. Plus guitarist ?? On the decks the great Joe Davis.
This one was a bit special and I didn't even get to see the headliner Makaya McCraven with Kamaal Williams and Soweto Kinch ! Disappointing though that was Jaimie Branch Fly or Die followed by Theon Cross Trio were truly breath taking.
Yet again Church of Sound smashes it ! This time presenting Emma-Jean Thackray Ethio Jazz Songbook with Tenderlonious, Joe Armon Jones, Ben Kelly, Pie Eye Collective & Liz Exell. Krar Collective supporting. 13.10.17
Brazilian Resistance Songs Public Workshop with David Treece discussing the lyrics of songs 'O Mestre Sala dos Mares' and 'Comadre' written during the dictatorship by Joao Bosco and Aldir Blanc. Plus beautiful vocals of Monica Vasconcelos with Ife Tolentino on guitar at the Horniman Museum , London, 24.09.17
Soweto Kinch fusing jazz, spoken word and hip hop with Nick Jurd on bass and Will Glaser on drums at the Rich Mix 21.9.17
Church of Sound pulls off another amazing gig, first off a funky fusion of improvised Jimi Hendrix tunes. Later more thrilling improvisations of their own material by former members of Yussef Kamaal , Mansur Brown and Yussef Dayes, now joined by Charlie Stacey on keys.
The fabulous Tenderlonious and the 22archestra playing at Worldwide FM's 1st Birthday party at the Total Refreshment Centre in Stoke Newington, London 7.9.17
Three fantastic musicians improvising a fusion of jazz, house and much more.
I try not to miss events put on by 'The Church of Sound', they are always outstanding & this evening was no exception. Playing two sets, 'Maisha' began with the music of Alice Coltrane and then a selection of their own compositions. Nubya Garcia on sax, Tim Doyle and Yahael Camara Onono on percussion, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Amane Suganami on keys and Twm Dylan on double bass. Amazing yet again.
Nubya Garcia is an exciting young British jazz musician. Tonight she was launching her new vinyl 'Nubya's Five' playing with a stella lineup including : Moses Boyd and Femi Koleoso on drums, Daniel Casmir on bass, Joe Armon-Jones on keys, Theon Cross on tuba and Sheila M. Maurice-Grey on trumpet.
Orphy Robinson put together a spectacular band of musicians to pay tribute to legendary American vibes player Bobby Hutcherson including: Tony Kofi on alto sax, Robert Mitchell on keys, Moses Boyd on drums, Nubya Garcia on tenor sax, Byron Wallen on trumpet, Rowland Sutherland on flutes, Dudley Phillips on bass with Orphy on vibes and marimba. This gig was later voted 2017 Live Experience of the Year at the Jazz FM Awards
Dayme Arocena plays the Leon Thomas songbook at the Church of Sound on Lower Clapton Road in Hackney. Jorge Luis Lagarza Perez on piano, Ruly Herrera on drums, Rafael Aldama Chiroles on bass and special guest on saxophone, Shabaka Hutchings.