Pretty novel idea, as part of the Ronnie Scott’s 60th Anniversary festivities spooling out this year, in that the club is to host a street party outside the club’s premises on Frith Street on Saturday 20 July. The confirmed line-up includes Pee Wee Ellis and his Funk Assembly, Nubya Garcia and a 7-piece latin-jazz band. Full details: here.
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Beefy brass and funked up Wu-Tang Clan from Steely Dan trumpeter Michael Leonhart.
Laid back samba from Duduka Da Fonseca and starry guests.
Airy electronica fashioned as if it were counterpoint by the very fine Aki Rissanen piano trio.
Some extremely tasteful soprano saxophone soloing here from the ex-Miles Davis player Bill Evans (eg The Man With The Horn, We Want Miles, Star People, and Decoy) here on The Sun Room, to be released by earMusic in late-July, with blues veteran guitarist-singer Robben Ford (also an ex-Miles Davis player who played with Miles and Carlos Santana in a fabled Amnesty benefit concert at Giants stadium) joined by Steely Dan drummer Keith Carlock and the fine Herbie Hancock-associated bassist James Genus.
Listen to the reflective, gently inuring, ‘Whisperings’ from new Ahmad Jamal album Ballades to be released by the Jazz Village label in September. Jamal says via Facebook that: “‘Whisperings’ is one of three original compositions I am releasing on Ballades. First recorded by the great O. C. Smith of ‘Little Green Apples’ fame, on one of my previous releases [the Picture Perfect album], here it is again.” Other album tracks are: ‘Marseille’, ‘Because I Love You’, ‘I Should Care’, ‘Poinciana’ (the tune that Jamal is most instantly identified with), ‘Land of Dreams’, ‘What’s New’, ‘So Rare’, ‘Spring is Here/Your Story’, and ‘Emily’.
Mark 29 and 30 July in your diaries... they make for a couple of chances to catch one of the most swinging soulfully bluesy jazz saxophone masters in the ideal circumstances of a small jazz club situation.
Now in his eighties Houston Person has more than 75 albums under his own name on Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, Muse, and is currently with High Note Records. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, and many more.
His latest record is I’m Just a Lucky So and So, from which his version of ‘Willow Weep For Me’ can be heard above, is released on High Note at the end of July. Hear him with his organ trio at Pizza Express Jazz Club, London. Remember: you only really learn deep down as a player or as a listener by hearing and experiencing the masters live. Tickets.