Since my last post in April 2016, I toured the West Country with the Darius Brubeck Quartet. DBQ have also just released a brand new CD, “Years Ago”, recorded in my studio.
At the beginning of July I went to Grahamstown in South Africa and had the most amazing time catching up with old friends and collaborating with new ones. The LCCM sponsored my trip (what a fantastic organisation they are!). I wrote a blog for them - if you fancy finding out more and getting a taste for this incredible festival combining artists in residence, new collaborations of great international jazz artists, and education, please check out this link:
If only more jazz festivals could follow this creative and inspirational format, rather than pandering to popularist crossovers by booking pop / cabaret acts! (I’ll get down from the soap box now!)
While I was there, South African master mouthpiece maker, Johannes Gerber, made a documentary interview piece on me filmed in the International Library of African Music, which is also a museum of African instruments.
In August I taught at Tristan Mailliot’s Loire Summer Jazz School for a week, and shortly after that at Nick Weldon’s Jazz School UK in Wellingborough.
Then I recorded, played on and produced Dominic Howles new Quintet CD with Steve and Matt Fishwick and Ross Stanley or Nick Tomlain (different days). That will be released next year and we are doing some West Country gigs at the end of November.
I also did a nice East Midlands tour with the Andrew Wood Trio, playing in libraries. They obviously went easy on their silence rule with us…
Now it’s back for a new year at LCCM, where I’m now running a 3 year Jazz Performance course within their BMus program.