“Not the Olympics” @ Oliver’s Day 3 Martin Speake Trio with Dave Green and Gene Calderazzo. Do as Sun Ra advises and drag yourself away from the television and check out the scene at Oliver’s in Greenwich. Tonight’s featured artist is Martin Speake. Martin is the first person to acknowledge and celebrate his wide range ofContinue reading “Sun Ra says – “Go To Oliver’s – it’s Martin Speake!””
“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!”
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”
October 15th – Finchley Arts Festival – Simon 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.
A poet of the music, Paul Desmond was both self-deprecating and deeply insightful. This medley of quotes might tickle and provoke us… “I tried practicing for a few weeks and ended up playing too fast… I have won several prizes as the world’s slowest alto player, as well as a special award in 1961 forContinue reading “Paul Desmond, a master mind and wit: some thoughts for a New Year”