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30 April 2017: International Jazz Day

Yes, today is International Jazz Day – your chance to see a jazz artist live, talk openly about jazz (!) and spin, download or stream some jazz music of your choice.

What will Cosmic Jazz be doing on IJD 2017? Well, I shall be flying to Brisbane, Australia and using the seven hours in the air to check out some of the music I’ve listed below. Why not join me?

Neil is listening to …

Cosmic Jazz shows

It is going to be another couple of weeks before new shows will appear but Cosmic Jazz will be back. You can hear a show at 20:00 hrs on Wednesday on IO Radio but for the moment on this site you can still catch up with a couple of previous shows. Neil and Derek will be returning for a new joint show before the end of the month. There will be lots of new music – including some exclusive contemporary jazz from China. You’ll be surprised!

Listen Again

Listen again has returned to the side bar on the site. Since the move to Mixcloud, I have had to manually update the link on the side (hence the delay), but now it should appear automatically and you can listen again without leaving the page as before.

Listen Again problems

There are changes taking place at ICR, including a move to a new venue. We are sorry but this has resulted in the temporary removal of the Listen Again facility but it will return as soon as possible. For the moment, in order to listen to Cosmic Jazz you will have to tune in to www.icrfm.co.uk between 20;30 and 22:00 on Thursday night or tune into 105.7FM if you’re in the Ipswich area.

Joe Morello 1928-2011

Joe Morello was best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. He introduced the more unusual time signatures  starting out with Kathy’s Waltz and Three to Get Ready in 1959. He contributed to over 60 albums with Brubeck. On Take Five he plays an imaginative drum solo maintaining the 5/4 time signature throughout and on Unsquare Dance he solos using only sticks without drums in 7/4 time. At the end of the track, he can be heard laughing about the ‘trick’ ending.

Have a look at this video featuring a classic Morello solo in which he sets up Brubeck’s melody at the start and then in his solo feature plays with a dazzling, unshowy grace typical of his style.

 

Halesworth Jazz and Beer Festival 2011

Halesworth’s first Jazz and Beer Festival takes place between 25-27 March. Details of each of the three nights are below. All events take place at The Cut Arts Centre in Halesworth – check out the website here for details.

Doors open on the Festival from 6pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, giving you ample time to try out the beers. All are supplied by The Low House, Laxfield – Adnam’s Pub of the Year 2010. Even more – there’s free jazz on the Concourse on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Friday 25 March
Sam Crockatt and Polly Gibbons
Young rising tenor sax star Sam Crockatt won the 2009 Jazz CD of the Year in the Parlimentary Jazz Awards and is a founding member of the edgy London-based Loop Collective.
Club diva Polly Gibbons covers the jazz waterfront with a delicious contralto voice that is equally at home with ballards and blues belters, torch songs and tin pan alley tunes.

Saturday 26 March
Matthew Halsall
Manchester-based trumpet player and DJ Matthew Halsall’s atmospheric albums have received rave reviews and heavy airplay from the likes of taste-setters Gilles Peterson, Stuart Maconie, Tom Robinson and Mike Chadwick.

Sunday 26 March
Kenny Ball and Band
Britain’s most prolific chart-topping horn player needs no introduction – after more than 50 years in the business he’s a national jazz treasure. But Ball is more than a household name, he’s a jazzman to his core.

For tickets contact the Box Office on 0845 6732123 or order online.

Darcy James Argue – LJF concert

You can now listen to the Darcy James Argue concert at this year’s recent London Jazz Festival.  Back on November 18th, Darcy James Argue‘s Secret Society made its UK debut at Cafe Oto as part of the London Jazz Festival.

Highlights of that concert are now available for download directly from the band’s web site.  The entire performance was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz on 3. Host Jez Nelson described it as one of the jazz world’s most talked about new big bands recorded at what is right now surely one of the world’s finest jazz clubs.

In his Guardian review John L. Walters wrote the London debut of Secret Society, led by composer Darcy James Argue, was a contender for gig of the year. The wonder of Argue’s exhilarating pieces, some of which are available on Secret Society’s debut album Infernal Machines, is that they are scored for a conventional 18-piece line-up. He extends the timbral achievements of Gil Evans, Mike Gibbs and Maria Schneider while reinventing the jazz big band for the 21st century.

See what you think and send us your comments.