Around the LJF World in +10 Days —Gonzo Journalism from a Diehard Jazz Fan

Preface: This pastiche is decidedly biased, as it is written by someone in the business—as a manager, record label owner, agent and talent spotter—whose love for jazz exceeds all in his life, other than his love for his family. I’ve chosen to highlight my relationships with each artist/band, along with a sound bite performance rating, to protect the innocent. Otherwise, I’ll simply take the 5th Amendment.

Phronesis & The Engines Orchestra (Full)

Barbican/Milton Court

Right. This was a serious one for the jazz community. Phronesis, led by the trademark personality of Jasper Hoiby, burned through an exceptional first set, delivering their usual brilliance. After s short break, the band was united with Phil Meadow’s Engines Orchestra through composer David Maric’s maelstrom of musical gymnastics. A true original and undoubtedly a highlight of the festival.

Relationship: Yes

Performance: Enchanting