Morning all, a few things to update you on here. Firstly, I’m playing with Sloth Racket TONIGHT in London. If you happen to read this, go to The Oxford in Kentish Town from about 8:30. Details on my Gigs page, where you will also find info about a Vonnegut Collective performance and some big band gigs.
Next, Beats & Pieces Big Band have a brand new video out. Filmed live on stage at Ronnie Scott’s, with 15 GoPro cameras, all strapped to our heads. I didn’t really believe Ben when he said it was a good idea, but it does look pretty cool/motion-sickness-inducing. Check it out…
We’re also going to be on BBC Radio 3 tonight, with a live recording of that very same gig, so on your way home from the Sloth Racket gig, you can listen to Beats & Pieces on Jazz On 3. Aren’t I good, planning your evening like this?
I also just spent a very enjoyable weekend recording new music for Martin Archer’s Storytellers, a brand new band featuring Martin and myself (obviously) alongside Corey Mwamba, Kim Macari, Peter Fairclough and Michael Somerset. It was the first time I’d met Micheal, and the first time I’d played with Kim or Peter, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable process. Lots of freedom, some loose themes, some defined structures, some less so. I think the album is going to be a mix of our pieces recorded as-is, and some of Martin’s collage approach that he’s used to great effect before. Check out his Discus Records for a whole host of his releases (and Beck Hunters of course). Here’s a couple of photos I took, along with one of all of us.