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...