Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Jazz Cafe 27.8.18

Seun Kuti , youngest son of Fela, keeping the flame alight with his fathers old band Egypt 80, outstanding music & radical politics ! Plus Nubya Garcia jumping in for a few tunes.

Penya at Archspace, 18.8.18

Afro - latin electronica from On The Corner Records signing 'Penya'. Magnus Mehta multi instrumentalist, Lilli Elina vocals / multi instrumentalist, Jim le Messurier percussion & Viva AY Msimang trombone.

The Sun Ra Arkestra under the directorship of Marshall Allen, Union Chapel, 16.8.18

Yes ! Great evening with Knoel Scott on baritone sax, Tara Middleton on vocals and a lot of other talented people.

 

Fatima & the Eglo Live band at XOYO, 15.8.18

Joe Armon-Jones Ensemble at XOYO 15.8.18

Joe Armon-Jones keys, Dylan Jones trumpet, Nubya Garcia tenor sax, Oscar Jerome guitar, Asheber vocals, Mutale Chashi bass, Luke Newman vocals & Marijus Aleska drums

Joao Bosco with Hamilton de Hollanda at the Union Chapel, 27.7.18

Joao Bosco is an amazing Brazillian singer, guitarist & composer. A large part of the audience were Brazilian and on a couple of tunes, they did all of the singing ! I was smiling all night. He was joined by Hamilton de Hollanda playing the bandolim. Unfortunately I was unable to get the names of the other amazing musicians. 

'Where Pathways Meet', Ghost Notes, 26.7.18

A band that continues to develop and progress, tonight we have Axel Kaner-Lidstrom pllaying trumpet, James Mollison on tenor, Joe Elliot on alto, Rosie Turton on trombone, Mark Mollison on guitar, Lorenz Okello-Osengor on keys, Hamish Nockles Moore on bass & holding down the beat is Jake Long.

Collocutor at Ghost Notes, 18.7.18

The wonderful, if hard to say, 'Collocutor' presented by On The Corner Records' at Ghost Notes. Tamar Osborn on baritone sax & flute, Josephine Davies on tenor sax, Marco Piccioni on guitar, Suman oshi on bass & Magnus Mehta playing percussion. 

Gilberto Gil 'Refavela 40' at the Barbican, 25.6.18

Reinterpretation of Gilberto's 'Refavela' 40 years after its release, music arranged by Bem Gil. Featuring: Mayra Andrada, Chiara Civello & Mestrino. Domenico Lancellotti drums, Thomas Harres percussion, Bruno Di Lulo bass. The culmination of an extended weekend of Brazilian music and the first time I have photographed at the Barbican.

Left to right: Arcia Mess, Luzmira Zerpa & Nina Miranda
Left to right: Arcia Mess, Luzmira Zerpa & Nina Miranda

Tropicalia Calling - live 1968 to future:                              at Giant Steps 24.6.18

This was wonderful fun, a proper unrehearsed jam of mostly classic songs from Brazils tropicalia movement. Mostly the same musicians as at Domenico's gig the night before at Cafe Oto, but with some additions including : Luzmira Zerpa,  Arcia Mess, Daney Rock on vocals.

Domenico Lancellotti at Cafe Otto for launch of 'The Good Is A Big God'.

Many thanks to Pedro Montenegro for tipping me off about this brilliant evening. Multi instrumentalist , Domenico playing guitar, drums & vocals, Sean O'Hagen vocals & guitar, Nina Mirander vocals, Thomas Harres, drums & percussion, Bruno Di Lulo bass, Bem Gil guitar, plus a string quartet which included Peter Nagle with others ! Most of the musicians are members of Gilberto Gil's touring band in London for his gig at the Barbican. A one off performance of...   Luckily it was also captured on video & can be found on youtube.

Ezra Collective at the Church of Sound 22.6.18

Super hyped crowd for this special at the Church of Sound with the excellent Ezra Collective and friends. Loved having my son tag along for this one. Femi Koleoso : drums, TJ Koleoso : bass, Joe Armon-Jones : keys, Dylan Jones : trumpet, James Mollison : sax, Onome Edgeworth : percussion, Sheila M. Maurice-Grey : trumpet, Cassie Kinoshi : saxaphone  & others.

Cassie Kinoshi's Seed Ensemble, Pickle Factory, 10.6.18

Tom Skinner Presents: Cassie Kinoshi's Seed Ensemble: Chelsea Carmichael on tenor sax, Cassie Kinoshi on alto, Theon Cross on tuba, Sheila M.Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Rio Kai playing bass, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Miguel Gorodi on trumpet, plus others ? Wonderful venue, classy musicians & arrangements. Privilege to be there, but why was it not sold out ?

 

Edward 'Eddie' Wakili Hick, Pickle Factory, 10.6.18

Eddie Hick playing his first ever solo drum set. I am not a big fan of 'drum solos', but this was a  bit different and more like telling a story then showing how loud you can bang your drum. Captivating stuff.

Art Ensemble of Chicago, Jazz Cafe, 4.6.18

Avant-garde 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. Original members along with contemporary musicians that know how to improvise... 

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, 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