New at thejazzbreakfast

Why won’t I throw out that tatty, old, empty saxophone reed box on my mantelpiece? Have a look in TAKE OUTS, a new page of longer pieces of writing I will be adding to from time to time.

Concert review: Finn Peters

Finn Peters, The Polish Club 11-10-08 The 21st century jazz group keeps the core principles of jazz instrumentation there from the beginning. Saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, drums – Sidney Bechet’s band had them, and so does Finn Peters’. It’s the added… Read More ›

CD reviews: 13-10-08

The Tomorrow Band: 2 To Get Set (Rehab Records) **** A Birmingham band – Chris Bowden on alto saxophone, Neil Bullock on drums and Ben Markland on bass – on a Birmingham label, and a CD that eloquently demonstrates what creative… Read More ›

Andy Hamilton on film

Tomorrow night there is a chance to see Silvershine, the TV documentary about Andy Hamilton made in 1988 on the occasion of Andy’s 80th birthday. It was shot around Birmingham and shows Andy and his band in rehearsal and performance…. Read More ›

CD reviews 22-09-08

 Zoe & Idris Rahman: Where Rivers Meet (Manushi) ***** Having first heard some of this music in concert at the mac in December last year, and been bowled over by it, my expectations of this album were dangerously high. Remarkably, it has… Read More ›

Soweto stuck in the Basement?

Soweto KinchTown Hall, Birmingham***The ticket offer was that anyone under 21 and living in certain inner city postcodes could get free entry – an acknowledgement of Town Hall’s community function and Soweto Kinch’s dedication to the people he writes about… Read More ›

Another busy Friday

Well, last night was a blast! Ended up at the CBSO Centre for the Gwilym Simcock band. Young British pianist making big waves and now with his debut album out. It’s called Perception and is on the Basho Records label…. Read More ›