Over a hot stove


(Photo © John Watson/jazzcamera.co.uk)

Cooking it all up for his own satisfaction and, he hopes, your delight has been Peter Bacon. Peter discovered his father’s Art Tatum records at an early age and has been a jazz devotee ever since. Other formative experiences were hearing Miles’ In A Silent Way piped over the speakers in a dark basement jazz club at the age of 17 and witnessing Abdullah Ibrahim (then Dollar Brand) playing his first gig back in South Africa in 1970.

Peter was a full-time newspaper journalist for over 20 years before moving into freelance and online journalism, and arts administration. He has been writing about live jazz and reviewing recorded jazz since 1978 and was The Birmingham Post’s jazz reviewer and feature writer from 1994 until 2016.

He truly believes that jazz music is a force for good in the world and can even give us a glimpse of heaven.

He plays tenor saxophone (a Borgani which he loves more than words can say) His music can even give us a glimpse of hell.

He is delighted and honoured to be living near enough to Birmingham, England, and the many amazing (especially young) jazz musicians who have chosen to study, gig and – please! please! – stay there. When he can he writes very complimentary things about them.

This blog has been mainly about jazz in Birmingham and the English Midlands, but there are also reviews of CDs he has been listening to, and news and opinion pieces about whatever else takes his fancy.

Its title is inspired not only by his surname, but also by a New Yorker cartoon which showed a dog sitting at a fancy restaurant table perusing the menu while a waiter stood at his side, pencil poised above pad. The caption read: “I’ll have the dog’s breakfast, please.”

Peter was delighted to have this blog site nominated as one of three contenders for the title of Best Publication in the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and again in 2015 in the Jazz Media Award category.

Other occasional guest chefs in thejazzbreakfast kitchen have included Tony Dudley-Evans, Steve Tromans, John Watson, Garry Corbett, Laurence Jones, Brian Homer, J J Wheeler, Peter Vacher, John L Walters and Alex Roth.

Peter has now brought down the shutters on this site as far as new content goes, but its considerable archive of posts remains. He does some sub-editing for LondonJazz News but is otherwise happily retired.

12 replies

  1. Fab review of Tom Cawley/Curios and Esbjorn Svvenson CD’s. Am confident of enjoying these as soon as they are available.

    Thank you

  2. I have been trying to locate for ages a promised CD by Zoe Rahman, featuring Bengali songs heard at their MAC gig last winter. Is “Where rivers meet” this long awaited release?

  3. It is indeed – I was also dying to hear it ever since I heard them play this music last year. Good news is that it is even better than anticipated. More good news is the band appears twice in the Midlands in late October – at the Abbotsholme Arts Society and for Birmingham Jazz. Keep watching on the main page for more.

  4. hi. Dont forget to get yourself down to london to see raymond butchers 5 tet. They are playing on march 3rd at the prestigious 606 jazz club. Featuring birminghams very own Tim Amann, Sam Rogers, Tyrone bishop and the one and only Miles levin son of Tony. ‘fluent and powerful’ Steve Rubie (606 club) ‘has some good ideas’ Wynton Marsalis. Ray is also featured on wolverhampton Ivor Novello award winning folk singer Scott Matthews cd due out in march which also features Robert Plant .

  5. Hi Peter,

    I love your jazz blog, great information, forward thinking, and fun at the same time, what more can you ask!? In the meanwhile I was looking for a link on the blog to contact you, or is this the only possibility?

    All the best – Joe

  6. What a very enjoyable site – I’ll look forward to listening to your recommended albums – I’m on your wavelength.

  7. Hi Peter,
    I present Jazz Kaleidoscope, a weekly Jazz Show on 102.5 The ‘Bridge and available on line at http://www.thebridgeradio.net
    The show covers many different styles of Jazz from the ODJB to current happenings. The show is on air on Monday nights 10-12pm. Why not give it a listen and let me know what you think.
    All the best,

  8. Dear Peter, I love your site – so many layers of information. I’ve been inspired to start my own here if you’re interested http://trioriot.blogspot.com/ Keep up the good work and keep the reviews coming, Paul

  9. Hello Peter, always informative and enjoyable……please keep up the good work! All the best from all of us here at Dune Towers.

  10. not strictly jazz but….I’m listening to Beefheart’s Safe As Milk and remembering my first hearing: Xmas eve 40 years ago (it was a present from my girlfriend) . I was watching sheets dry (we had to take bed linen to the Christmas host’s house) and just had to keep putting the needle back to the beginning,( but only after repeating Autumn’s Child – cheesy but glorious!)

  11. Dear Peter, Everything a blog should be: clean, professional, insightful. A true delight that I will enjoy exploring in careful time and one going on my blogroll immediately. Please check out my ECM Records blog as time and interest allow. Best wishes, Tyran

  12. Hi Pete
    Here is the group I was telling you about on Twitter. We’re a septet called Selectric. You can check us on Bandcamp at selectric.bandcamp.com or on facebook at facebook.com/selectricmusic
    Hope to hear back from you if you’re interested in writing about us
    Simon (Selectric)

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