Archive for August, 2010

Brecon Jazz 2010

Sarah Dennehy and her team brought to Brecon a program which help create an atmosphere of hopes realised from pretty well every style of ‘jazz’ on earth – from Acker B to Rachel Z via Pee Wee, BVSC et al. The relaxed feel to the Christ College environs with seating, shade under a 200 year old oak tree thoughtfully hired in for the occasion couple with good food and drink at reasonably prices from sustainable sources. This certainly gave the boat a good shove for a weekend of joy well away from the briney. In the land of song a man with a lamb burger in one hand and a pint of the foaming in the other is king, or at least Prince of Wales. Incidentally if you wish to purchase any prints from wales please visit ellisvisuals. I stayed out at Glasbury again, frighteningly close to the River Café where I managed to relax for a few minutes one evening.I’ve never been to a gig at 11.00am in all my born days as it simply did not compute – still can’t believe it happened, until I look at the pictures of Scott Hamilton and his band playing wondrously well to a full market hall at the said time. A great start to the day where later Idania Valdes and Papi Oviedo from Buena Vista Social Club brought sweet scents from Havana, beauty, rum and cigars carried in an enthralling concert anticipating the appearance of the Omara Portuondo – a singer who says so much in a single glance.

Peter King

Peter King

Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela
Keith Tippett
Keith Tippett
Julie Tippett

Julie Tippett

Erik Truffaz

Erik Truffaz

Pee Wee Ellis - Funk Brother

Pee Wee Ellis - Funk Brother

Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton

Idania Valdes Casuro

Idania Valdes Casuro

Papi Oviedo

Papi Oviedo

Hugh Masekela and the Chicago's Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Hugh Masekela and the Chicago's Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Manchester Jazz Festival 2010 – a selection from

Amongst the highlights of this year’s MJF was a live broadcast on BBC R3 of 3 compact sets presented at the Band on The Wall, the city’s iconic intimate music venue. The Arun Ghosh Quintet, Stuart McCallum and the Simcock/Walker/Swallow/Nuasbaum chappies all did their great things (not at the same time of course) to an enrapt audience in the house and I’m sure at home – speaking of which I missed Phil Bancroft’s excellent As Small as the World unfortunately.  This project explores what ‘Home’ means to us today.

Meanwhile back at BotW (and RNCM where SWSN Band the next evening) I’ve compiled a set of pictures from this evening and a selection from some other performances and sound checks. Steve Swallow is one of my favourite bassists (check out Carla Bley/Steve’s site) and a good sport, he didn’t mind too much when I showed him the picture of him tuning his lovely Citron signature bass looking like an orangutan – just  wish I could ape his playing….

'New Reed' - Arun Ghosh: Band on the Wall

'New Reed' - Arun Ghosh: Band on the Wall

Stuart McCallum: Band on the Wall

Stuart McCallum: Band on the Wall

Simcock/Walker/Swallow/Nussbaum: Band on the Wall

Simcock/Walker/Swallow/Nussbaum: Band on the Wall

Steve Swallow: RNCM

Steve Swallow: 'Tune up', RNCM

Mike Walker: 'Tune up.' - RNCM

Mike Walker: 'Tune's up too!' - RNCM

Gwilym Simcock: RNCM

Gwilym Simcock: RNCM

Adam Nussbaum and Steve Swallow: RNCM

Adam Nussbaum and Steve Swallow: RNCM

The Quartet: RNCM

The Quartet: RNCM

Outside Broadcast Vehicle BotW

Outside Broadcast Vehicle BotW

catch you next time...

catch you next time...