Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jazz Cafe, 4.6.18

Avant-guard giants Art Ensemble of Chicago : Roscoe Mitchel : alto & soprano, Famondou Don Moye : drums, Hugh Ragin : trumpet, Tomeka Reid : cello, Jaribu Shahid and Junius Paul : double bass.

Theo Croker at the Mau Mau Bar, London 31.5.18

Highly rated American trumpeter Theo Croker playing jazz re:freshed gig at Mau Mau Bar with cream of London's new jazz scene. Whats not to like ? Moses Boyd : drums, Joe Armon-Jones : keys, Femi Temowo : guitar and Rick James on bass. Madly enthusiastic audience.

Steam Down, Buster Mantis, Deptford, London, 30.5.18

Crazy ecstatic going ons in Deptford every Wednesday night, who would have thought ! Hosted by Ahnanse / Wayne Francis on sax & vocals. Guest apearance by Casey Benjamin as well as regulars like Theon and Nathanial Cross on Tuba & trombone. Eddie Hick on drums, Oscar James on guitar, Dominic Canning & Wonky Logic on keys,  vocals from Brother Portrait, Nadeem and And.Is.Phi. 

Moses Boyd masterclass at Kinetica Bloco, 29.5.18

Moses Boyd's drum masterclass for Kinetica Bloco at the Royal Festival Hall. Moses came over as a modest, but intelligent guy. He stressed the importance remaining open minded regarding musical influences outside of your usual interest, and taking every opportunity to play live. 'Practice what you are not good at, rather then the stuff you are good at'. Obvious, but spot on. I had great fun and it was joyous when everyone joined in.

The Cookers at the Church of Sound, 25.5.18

Amazing evening with some genuine jazz legends, and an appreciative audience, at the Church of Sound. Billy Harper : tenor sax, Eddie Henderson : trumpet, Donald Harrison : alto sax, David Weiss : trumpet, Danny Grisset : piano & Victor Lewis : drums. Stepping into the shoes of the mighty Cecil McBee, who couldn't make it due to ill health, was Essiet Okon Essiet , on bass, who did an amazing job

Nat Birchall Group at the TRC 16.5.18

Launch of 'Cosmic Language' album. Deep spiritual jazz by the much underrated Nat Birchall playing tenor & soprano saxes with Adam Fairhall playing Indian harmonium, Michael Bardon on bass and Andy Hay on drums at the Total Refreshment Centre.

Lexus Blondin at home at the TRC 16.5.18