Jazz In The Round is now six months old and it feels like we’re really finding our stride. We’ve a great line-up for our July show, our last before a one month summer break, but first a quick word about June.
It really was a fantastic evening. Sack O’ Woe Quintet swinging their way through Cannonball Adderley, Howard Riley with some touching solo piano and the brilliant Troyka closing things out explosively. The whole thing was recorded for my Radio 3 show Jazz on 3 and you can hear it here until 11pm on Monday 16th July.
As well as our resident artist Gina Southgate we had a special guest – graphic artist Naiel Ibarrola. His superb story from the night can be seen here – it really is worth checking.
So on to July and yet another night that features a lineup you wouldn’t see anywhere else. We start with Valerie Etienne – a vocalist who found fame as the lead voice in 90s band Galliano, sings for the superb Two Banks of Four and also provides backing vocals for Kylie and Jamiroquai. Tonight Val, who believe me has a voice to die for, shows her jazz side.
Then for me what’s become one of the highlight moments of the night – the solo spot. This month we’ve the thoughtful and virtuosic young pianist Robert Mitchell.
To send us all off on our summer holidays we’ve a headline set from the daddies of the post-jazz, Leeds boundary-tramplers the crazy and wonderful TrioVD. Not for the faint-hearted or weak-minded, these MO FOs will blow your head off. Perfect.
So as ever it’s a mixed fare, just the way we like it. Still only £7. Bar open at 6. First band on at 8. A word of warning; apparently there’s some other gig happening at Stratford during July and August so transport might be a bit sticky. Leave plenty of time to get to the venue and come and join me in the bar where I’ll be playing a few tunes before the live music.
So that’s Monday July 30th, The Cockpit, 6pm onwards and **you can get £5 tickets if you click here (from the 14th) or call; 0207 258 2925 and quote “Summer”.
And don’t forget we’re off for August, back in September.
Happy, er, summer,