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…

I Created A Monster!

January 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Posted in Coventry and Warwickshire, Jazz | Leave a comment
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Adrian Litvinoff bassistFunny thing, New Year. For some, it’s a time of reflection and preparation, for others an arbitrary and transitory moment signifying little.  I can’t help feel that a year is some kind of entity in our lives, and therefore the end of one and onset of the next is not the same as, say, any other midnight.

The year just gone has been full, if frustrating in many ways. Musically it has had its highs and lows. It’s been harder than I can ever recall to get live work, but given the economic crisis that’s hardly surprising. At the same time I’ve spent more time in recording and post-production than I ever envisaged.

Among the live highlights of last year I must include Interplay’s gig at Swindon for International Jazz Day. Baker Street, the venue, was packed for Continue Reading I Created A Monster!…

My blogging 2012 in review

December 31, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Posted in Coventry and Warwickshire, Jazz, music | Leave a comment
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. While 2012 was a slightly quieter year than 2011 or 2010, I’ve learned some fascinating things about who visited the site and where they live! Places like Hungary, Indonesia and Brazil, as well as Germany, France and the good ol’ US of A.

I’d like to thank everyone who took time to visit the site, read a post, leave a comment, listen to a track or look at some photos.  Hopefully there will be good news early in 2013 about our second album and other band activities.

Happy listening in 2013!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 1,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 3 years to get that many views.

(Actually the rest of it is much better!)

Click here to see the complete report.

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…

‘The Music Instinct’ by Philip Ball

June 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Posted in History of the World, music, Science | Leave a comment
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Philip Ball came to Leamington’s Café Scientifique last year and entertained a packed house with his slightly contentious thoughts about how music functions on the cognitive, aesthetic and emotional levels.  The session was all too brief and I willingly parted with the dosh for his book ‘The Music Instinct: how music works and why we can’t do without it’.  Not being a fast reader I have only just finished this substantial but engagingly written work  (I had to read ‘Daniel Deronda’ first).  Continue Reading ‘The Music Instinct’ by Philip Ball…

A Grand Re-Union

March 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Posted in History of the World, Jazz, music, Politics | 1 Comment
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‘I went down to the demonstration…’ (March for the Alternative, London, 26th March) but instead of abuse I was delighted to find myself in the company of Tony Haynes and members of the very wonderful  Grand Union Orchestra.   Imagine busking in the street with such luminaries as Claude Deppa, Chris Biscoe, Byron Wallen and Louise Elliott and you will appreciate my excitement!

Continue Reading A Grand Re-Union…

Full House at Hatton!

February 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Coventry and Warwickshire, Jazz, music, Rural | 1 Comment
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Hatton's got rhythm! Image Kris Conolly

Hatton Village Hall was full last Saturday after a late influx of bookings.  Thanks to all the ‘out-of-towners’ who made it across to the gig as well as the local supporters.

There were eventually 95+ people in the hall – over 100 if you include the band!  Everyone was delighted – the Village Hall Committee, the band, and Live and Local who organise the touring scheme.

There was extra anticipation in the hall before the start, Continue Reading Full House at Hatton!…

Soul Jazz Rendezvous

October 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Jazz, music | 4 Comments
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A very thoughtful friend gave me a fab present – the extraordinary tome ‘Freedom Rhythm and Sound‘ by Gilles  Peterson and  Stuart Baker .  This erudite and attractively produced volume powerfully reminded me of the richness, creativity and sheer optimism of music, very largely black music, of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

There were very many small independent record labels at the time, and many ‘moving spirits’ remain relatively Continue Reading Soul Jazz Rendezvous…

Buskers in Barcelona

August 16, 2010 at 12:29 am | Posted in music | 1 Comment
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Bossa in Barca

Just back from a wonderful week with the family in Barcelona.  We did all the usual tourist things, (amazing art and architecture) and managed to get slightly under the skin of the city’s musical life too.  Continue Reading Buskers in Barcelona…

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