Welcome to my latest online newsletter.
This month’s photo was taken at our recent gig at The Old Bakery Studios celebrating eighty years of The Blue Note record label. It was a most successful event and so well reviced by a packed house. It was great to be playing with some old friends Robin Pengilley, on trumpet and Mike Rowlands on Alto Sax along with my regular quartet of Sarah McDonagh Tenor Sax, Sam Norman Double Bass and Keith Marshall Drums. There are some photos and some video footage of the evening on my Facebook Page. We have two more jazz lounge gigs at The Bakery this year, the 20th September and 16th November and both promise to be of high quality. More details nearer the time. For those of you on Facebook, Debi from the Bakery has produced a new page called JAZZ Cornwall, where people can post information about all jazz gigs within the county along with other jazz related matters. You can like the page by clicking here.
It was a real thrill to have brief chat with the Drive team at Radio 5 Live recently when they were discussing the use of music with dementia sufferers, supporting the recent television programme on the Dementia Choir. You can catch the interview in the last five minutes of the show here, . May also saw Lucy O’Day, and I appearing on Radio Cornwall, when we talked to Clare Rowley about the release of the new EP. It was great fun and we were delighted that Claire played three of our tracks. You can hear that interview about one hour and twenty minute into the programme here. The radio interview came on the same day that the EP received such an excellent review from New York critic Karl Ackermann at All About Jazz.Com. The review can be read here. Needless to say we are delighted with Karl’s very generous words.
On the first of June, my trio with Sam and Keith will be appearing at The Old Library Bodmin, for their Speakeasy evening. I am hoping that this will be the first of many appearances at another exciting new venue.
The regular Sunday lunchtime jazz dates at The Headland Hotel have now finished for the summer and we have now switched to playing on Wednesday evenings . If you fancy listening to us with a glass of something whilst watching the sun go down, Sarah and I will be there until mid-September. As always, I remain resident at The Budock Vean Hotel making a number of appearances during the week. For the very latest gig information be sure to check out the Bookings page as this continues to be regularly updated with any last minute engagements.
That is about all the news for now.
I hope to see you at a future gig.
Thanks for your support … as ever.