Led Bib Live At The Vortex 10/04/07

Representatives of the very latest wave of the ever-more-exciting British Jazz scene, Led Bib made an appearance at the Vortex in London last night, promoting the release of their new album Sizewell Tea. Led Bib may not attract the traditional “jazz” audience but the young audience in the Vortex was captive to the strangely catchy style of the group that contrasts freewheeling improvisation with tightly controlled grooves.

Troy Miller Live With Jason Rebello At Pizza Express

The promise was made by the fantastic venue and the exciting line-up of musicians which included Sting and Jeff Beck sideman Jason Rebello on piano and a pair of Berklee-educated US musicians in Jean Toussaint on saxophones and Mike Janisch on bass, but did Troy Miller’s concert at Pizza Express Jazz Club fulfill its promise? Opener 40 Days more or less set the pace for the rest of the evening: an angular melody with lots of rhythmic interplay, a powerful groove set up by the group and then a series of highly competent but somehow un-magical solos.

Glastonbury Jazz Lounge 2007 Review

At the heart of the Glastonbury Festival’s musical ethos there lies the central message of diversity. This philosophy has led to an increasingly healthy range of jazz based artists at the annual event. This year was no different and a spectrum of styles was obvious across Michael Eavis’ ever expanding farmland. As well as being able to absorb an array of artists at the enormous Jazz World Stage, festivalgoers who dared to explore were treated to the intimacy of Glastonbury’s best kept secret, The Jazz Lounge. Tucked away at the back of the site, the comparatively tiny tent showcased the best of the weekend’s jazz talent, cherry picked for our pleasure.

Manchester Jazz Festival 2007

Manchester provided the backdrop to the twelfth triumphant instalment of the recent Manchester Jazz Festival. Jazz and its inter-connectedness with world roots music dominated, illustrated by Neil Yates' New Origins group exploring Celtic-Iberian connections. Meanwhile the evocative playing of The Chosen, Sylvan Richardson's latest project, fused classical, jazz and Middle Eastern sounds. Tango and jazz were once considered uncomfortable bedfellows, but Tango Siempre impressively continue the classic repertoire, weaving in contemporary influences from Pablo Zeigler to Goldfrapp. Defying a gusty wind, their performance and latest CD, Tangents make for essential listening.

Graham Harvey All Star Quintet - Swansea Jazzland 20/06/07

There are many bands that claim to be All Stars but very few have the combined credits and talent of this outfit. Led by former Incognito keyboard player Harvey, the quintet also featured some of the finest (and busiest) players on the UK jazz scene saxophonist Ben Castle, trombone virtuoso Mark Nightingale (pictured), top jazz bass guitarist Laurence Cottle and last minute drum  dep (for Ian Thomas) Matt Skelton.

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