April is the Coolest Month

April 3, 2013 at 12:16 am | Posted in International, Jazz, music | Leave a comment
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Interplay flyer for gig at Baker Street Swindon on 1st May 2012Last year saw the launch of UNESCO’s International Jazz Day under the auspices of Herbie Hancock and the Thelonious Monk Institute, while the Smithsonian Institute designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month. This year US Jazz Journalists are teaming up to recognise and celebrate local jazz promoters and others who contribute to the health and vigour of the local scene. The following paragraph comes from their own announcement in Jazz Week online magazine.

‘JazzApril starts NOW: April is Jazz Appreciation Month (so named by the Smithsonian Institution), culminating on the 30th with International Jazz Day(a project of UNESCO, organized by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) — and both those initiatives are endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. So the Jazz Journalists Association has launched a major media campaign called JazzApril in support of local jazz scenes taking advantage of JAM and IJD to raise awareness of the jazz resources all around us, and today posted bios + photos of 25 JJA “Jazz Heroes,” nominated by grassroots activists in 25 cities which will have parties to celebrate them, ask officials to proclaim their endorsements, and generally make noise to show that jazz is everywhere, in April and all year long.’  Read more »

There’s little point in being envious. I doubt whether we can muster enough jazz journalists to form an association, let alone get Continue Reading April is the Coolest Month…

Surprises in Swindon for Interplay

May 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Jazz, music | 1 Comment
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Interplay's Adrian Litvinoff on electric bassBaker Street in Swindon is hosting some fine names in British Jazz these days and it was a treat to find ourselves being well looked-after by the house team as well as the jazz night organisers.  After a longish drive and set up it was also good to see all the tables filled well before the start.

I was therefore disconcerted – putting it mildly – when my double bass pick-up proceeded to ‘die’ half-way through the second number! Hasty action with the screw-driver Continue Reading Surprises in Swindon for Interplay…

Interplay Celebrates International Jazz Day

April 24, 2012 at 9:59 am | Posted in History of the World, Jazz, Politics | 2 Comments
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Interplay flyer for gig at Baker Street Swindon on 1st May 2012Herbie Hancock is now a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.  I didn’t realise this until I learned just recently that he has managed to persuade UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to inaugurate International Jazz Day to celebrate jazz as a world-wide medium of creativity and freedom “because so many countries have been affected in crucial ways over the Continue Reading Interplay Celebrates International Jazz Day…

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