As some of you may know I am currently writing from London for the next 2 months as I am here on a scholarship to study along with fellow Dilworther Alex Boneham.
So far the summer weather here is more like a warm Sydney winter day but the extended hours of sunlight (sun sets about 10pm) is encouraging to get out each night to see some of the great gigs that have been taking place.
While still battling jet lag, I haven’t had a chance to slow down the last three days. Aussie ex-pat Graeme Blevins led an All-Star quintet at the Pizza Express Jazz Club two nights in a row featuring German trumpeter Till Bronner and Guitarist Mike Outtram. By the second night this band was smoking playing a few standards and modern originals. Till has a super slick sound and outstanding technique that sucks you in with every note he plays. Graeme used to lead a band in Perth called K which is well worth checking out.
Yesterday before watching the frustrating England vs Algeria match was a keynote address by Wynton Marsalis. This week Jazz at the Lincoln Centre orchestra is in residence. I’m particular excited to go see them on a free stage this afternoon and also another group with Terrell Stafford and Rodney Whitaker. Wynton gave a very inspiring talk and used his trumpet and quintet to demonstrate. In particular talked about some ideas of group playing and time modulations that had Alex and I going home together and trying some of it out! Check out a great review of the address from London Jazz Blog – http://londonjazz.blogspot.com/2010/06/wynton-marsalis-keynote-address.html
Below is a photo of Wynton with Walter Blanding, Dan Nimmer, Carlos Henriques and Ali Jackson.
P.S Feel free to drop a comment on the posts! Id love to know whats happening back home!