Sunday, 25 January 2015
Happy New Year! (Yes, it's still January so I can just about get away with it!)
January has been treating me well so far and I'm looking forward with great optimism to the rest of 2015.
Live on the Radio
The gig I played with the Jazz Nights band in Clare, Suffolk was broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk at the beginning of the month. You can still listen for another 10 days here:
Part 1: S'Wonderful and Mutual Attraction http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fk3kd
Part 2: My Foolish Heart and Forbidden Fruit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fl9zb
Part 3: April in Paris, One Note Samba and My Baby Just Cares For Me http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fk3kk
Part 4: Mood Indigo and Tainted Love http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02fk3qf
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More Radio Stuff
Some of you know that I've done some radio presenting in the past, doing some stints at BBC Radio Kent and with my own show at the short-lived UK Jazz Radio. Well, I did my first stint as a radio reporter for BBC Radio 3's "Jazz on 3" last week! Scary but very exciting. I went along to a great night in a venue in Hackney called Brilliant Corners where they have a monthly event called "Played Twice" where the audience listen to a classic jazz album and then this is followed by a live band playing the same album again. This month it was 5 by Monk by 5 played by Byron Wallen's excellent quintet. The show is due to be broadcast sometime in February.
So here's to a fabulous 2015! Next month I'll finish mixing the final tracks of my Spellbound Stories album (here's a sneak peek of some backing vocals I added last week) and I will also be taking part in a concert at The Barbican called "Jazz for Labour" alongside a whole host of amazing musicians including Courtney Pine, Soweto Kinch and John Etheridege. Bring it on!