A treasure… Bob Cornford

Do visit this website, dedicated to the late Robert (Bob) Cornford… click here. Besides being a tribute to one of Britain’s unsung artists, the site is an invaluable resource of British jazz from the late 1970s and early 1980s, music that was so influential for my own generation of musicians. I was lucky enough toContinue reading “A treasure… Bob Cornford”

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Tony Levin – sad news

The great drummer Tony Levin died yesterday (February 3rd). My impression was that Tony was one of the first drummers in the UK to have understood and developed Elvin’s thing if not the first). While these days we can access transcriptions and videos effortlessly, it is easy to ignore the pioneering work of the BritishContinue reading “Tony Levin – sad news”

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Simon Purcell 5tet @ London Jazz Festival – November 19th

SIMON PURCELL QUINTET – London Jazz Festival on Friday 19th November 2010 The quintet (with Chris Batchelor, Julian Siegel, Gene Calderazzo and Steve Watts) will be performing at the free stage in the Royal Festival Hall from 1 – 2pm on Friday November 19th.

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Simon Purcell Gigs this week

Gigs this week… October 12th – Simon Purcell Quintet at Oliver’s Jazz Bar in Greenwich. October 14th – Simon Purcell Quintet at Leeds – Seven Arts. October 15th – Simon Purcell Quintet at Sheffield Jazz – Millenium Hall (plus pre-gig workshop at Sheffield University – click here if you’d like to attend)

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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’sContinue reading “Man making a difference”

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