“Not the Olympics” @ Oliver’s – Second Night of Sixteen!

“Not the Olympics” Special Season at Oliver’s… now up and running Saturday July 28th is Day 2 of the 2 weeks of gigs at “Not the Olympics” at Oliver’s. A second gig tonight with my own band with Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor, Gene Calderazzo and Amy Baldwin. The mini-season, coinciding with the London Olympics (am IContinue reading ““Not the Olympics” @ Oliver’s – Second Night of Sixteen!”

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If Music be the Food of Love…

If Music be the Food of Love, a response to Phil’s Robson’s FaceBook post. Kate Williams is right in her comments on Phil Robson’s original post, it is definitely a political issue. It is a matter of values, and as artists we are in the “values business”. We assign so much of our energy andContinue reading “If Music be the Food of Love…”

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Special Olympic Season at Oliver’s in Greenwich

Special “Olympic Season” of gigs at Oliver’s in Greenwich, more details to follow shortly… July 27th Simon Purcell Quintet featuring Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor, Gene Calderazzo and Steve Watts July 28th Simon Purcell Quintet featuring Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor, Gene Calderazzo and Steve Watts July 29th Martin Speake Trio featuring Dave Green and Gene CalderazzoContinue reading “Special Olympic Season at Oliver’s in Greenwich”

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Yet another sad loss – Gordon Beck 1935 – 2011

Gordon Beck 16th September 1935 – 6th November 2011 It is desperately sad that so many musicians have passed away in recent times (Tony Levin, Jeff Clyne, Michael Garrick). Pioneers of the post-bop period in British jazz, a time when British musicians forged their own path, forming a sound that is disecernably  “local”, Gordon BeckContinue reading “Yet another sad loss – Gordon Beck 1935 – 2011”

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Graham Collier 1937 – 2011

Jazz education in the UK owes an enormous amount to Graham Collier (alongside Eddie Harvey and Lionel Grigson) without whom our current positions and extent of provision would been considerably harder to achieve. As well as being an instigator of projects for young jazz musicians, Graham was an articulate and politically astute advocate for theContinue reading “Graham Collier 1937 – 2011”

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