He is one of the most convincing and committed disciples of John Coltrane ever to come out of the UK. But these days hearing Alan Skidmore (a veteran of 77) is not that common a treat. Well, when better this summer on 17 July, dove tailing with the day that Coltrane died on in 1967, to hear Skid in a special 52nd memorial concert. Appearing with a quartet at Dalston club Cafe Oto plus special guest Ed Jones, Skidmore is no stranger to Oto having performed there a few years ago with Paul Dunmall. Tickets can be obtained here.
João Gilberto died in Rio yesterday at the age of 88.
The singer-songwriter/guitarist’s ‘Chega de Saudade’ in 1959 marked the beginning of the bossa nova style with which he became synonymous.
His Grammy-winning 1964 album Getz/Gilberto with Stan Getz sold in the millions and featured the long since ubiquitous Jobim classic ‘Girl from Ipanema’, sung by Astrud Gilberto, to whom Gilberto was then married.
Ex-Miles Davis jazz violin fusion legend Michał Urbaniak pops up with his band Urbanator for a rare club visit to London in September.
Hugely charismatic, the former saxophonist, who also played with Krzysztof Komeda in the 1960s, will be appearing at Streatham club Hideaway on 14 September. The club say that it is Urbaniak’s first London show in five years. Tickets.
Interesting and cheering to see this pop up as a bestseller on Bandcamp at the moment. Why so? Well Price is not part of the currently much hyped group of UK bands, usually released by either the Jazz Re:freshed or Brownswood labels, to get a rush of hype behind him. And another thing, the style is pretty mainstream to an extent which rarely gets, rather unfairly, any hype at all. Nobody is going to be going around claiming like the wheel has been reinvented after all. Guitarist Price has a pristine highly mobile sound and close your eyes and he could be playing on a 1960s record, his sound landing a little between Kenny Burrell and Grant Green. With Matt Home on drums, the popular Hammond organist Ross Stanley, and hard blowing tenor saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos all playing as a supportive team, the impressive thing here is that this was made in front of a live audience, the band clearly are old fashioned in the sense that they can make it sound like the studio. Good meat and potatoes blowing jazz all in all and a bunch of tunes that know where the beginnings, middles and ends need to be.
Sad to report the death from the ravages of pancreatic cancer of the Norway residing Italian drummer Paolo Vinaccia at the age of 65. Vinaccia worked memorably with Tommy Smith and Arild Andersen on the Live at Belleville album. Smith, via Twitter, paid tribute, writing: “To my dear brother in music, Paolo Vinaccia, rest in peace, we love you forever. I’m a better human being for having known you. Paolo was the embodiment and definition of the word Art in its truest form, for that man dreamt, lived and breathed creativity.”
In their sixtieth year Ronnie’s has pulled off another plum booking with the rare visit by one of the greatest saxophonists, with a two-night visit by the hippie jazz legend Charles Lloyd on 1-2 August now confirmed. I cannot think of the last time the Forest Flower icon played any UK club because usually he confines his visits to big concert halls. Interesting band, a quintet that includes guitar hotshot Julian Lage, he is bringing with him too. Here’s the link for more details and tickets.