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.

 Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Daryl Hall, Bernd Reiter

Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Daryl Hall, Bernd Reiter

 Martin Hummel, Harold Mabern

Martin Hummel, Harold Mabern

 Harold Mabern

Harold Mabern

 Martin Hummel, Eric Alexander

Martin Hummel, Eric Alexander

 Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander

Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander

Sunday, 19th November

Bernd Reiter New York All-Stars, featuring Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern

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Eric Alexander is undoubtedly one of the best living tenor sax players in the world. When you pair him with the legendary Harold Mabern on piano, and throw in John Hall/bass and Bernd Reiter/drums, you have a mesmerizing cocktail of straight-ahead take-no-prisoners mainstream bop. Although technically not included in the LJF program, this quartet is world class and it was a brilliant way to end a spectacular EFG London Jazz Festival.

Relationship: In Development

Performance: Immaculate