Finchley Arts Festival – with Anita Wardell and Julian Siegel

October 15th – Finchley Arts FestivalSimon Purcell Trio (Gene Calderazzo and Steve Watts) plus special guests Anita Wardell and Julian Siegel. A special event, featuring re-workings of standards and multiple combinations of music and voice. Simon used to work regularly with Anita Wardell in the 1990s… click here for the Finchley Arts Festival.

Man making a difference

Cleveland Watkiss is a man making a difference. It is some time since Cleveland’s birthday gig at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in November 2009, which brought together 40 musicians from across the generations, peer groups and genres. A devout believer in musical multiculturalism, and innovation informed by the traditions, it is worth watching this musician’s activity.

Cleveland Watkiss with pupils from primary school in Hackney (photo by Damian Duncan)

To find out more about Cleveland, click here.

Swinging in 7 is hard – Ronan’s point.

There’s a lot of hot air and conflicting opinion amongst jazz musicians and within the music colleges regarding playing and improvising in odd metres. At last there are some wise and measured thoughts in Ronan Guilfoyle’s excellent blog.

Check out his recent post “Whatever Happened to Odd Metre Swing?