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.
Sunday, 19th November
Quentin Collins Quartet
Pizza Express Soho Lunch Show (Sold Out)
Trumpet/flugelhorn ace Quentin Collins is mixing things up with a new band and some pulsating, soulful sounds. His latest line-up included Andrew McCormack/piano, Daniel Casimir/bass and Shane Forbes/drums. The audience was clearly ready for this one, as the band played a range of Collins’ compositions, including Peace of Silver, in tribute to the late master and performed by the Kyle Eastwood Band. It was a special one, and places Collins right back on the front foot of outstanding lead trumpeters in this country.