Leo Richardson Scores Big with The Arts Desk

Sebastian Scotney applauds the tenor sax man’s music in London Jazz Festival.

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Another young-ish tenor saxophonist left a very strong impression with his gig on Wednesday at the Spice of Life club in Soho. Leo Richardson’s 2017 album The Chase, with a guest appearance from that daredevil of a previous generation Alan Skidmore, made it into several 2017 best-of lists. Richardson has just recorded another album, which includes another two-tenor roast, this time with Alex Garnett. Richardson’s quartet is also interesting for the sheer range of appealing characters and personalities in it, from the quirkily humorous Rick Simpson to the virtuosically insouciant Tim Thornton to the constantly provoking Chris Draper.

Hummel is Invited to Tea with Ian Maude's Sandy Brown Jazz to Discuss Everything Jazz!

An interview that looks at Hummel's business, the state of the industry and the future!

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Martin Hummel, Director, Ubuntu Management Group & Ubuntu Music.  For the full interview, please click on the image, above.

Martin Hummel, Director, Ubuntu Management Group & Ubuntu Music.

For the full interview, please click on the image, above.

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.

Andrew McCormack, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Andrew McCormack, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Andrew McCormack, Tom Harrison, Leo Richardson, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Andrew McCormack, Tom Harrison, Leo Richardson, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Martin Hummel, Noemi Nuti

Martin Hummel, Noemi Nuti

Tom Harrison, Martin Hummel, Leo Richardson

Tom Harrison, Martin Hummel, Leo Richardson

Martin Hummel, Goatious Foot

Martin Hummel, Goatious Foot

martin Hummel, Georgia Van Etten

martin Hummel, Georgia Van Etten

Martin Hummel, Quentin Collins

Martin Hummel, Quentin Collins

Martin Hummel, Luc Saint Martin

Martin Hummel, Luc Saint Martin

Andrew McCormack, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

Andrew McCormack, Quentin Collins, Daniel Casimir, Shane Forbes

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.

Relationship: Yes

Performance: Thrusting

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.

Matt Roberts conducts his BigISH Band

Matt Roberts conducts his BigISH Band

Martin Hummel, George Millard

Martin Hummel, George Millard

James Copus, Martin Hummel

James Copus, Martin Hummel

Matt Roberts, Martin Hummel

Matt Roberts, Martin Hummel

James Copus lets it rip

James Copus lets it rip

Martin Hummel with the legendary Alex Garnett

Martin Hummel with the legendary Alex Garnett

Martin Hummel, Josh Arcoleo

Martin Hummel, Josh Arcoleo

Leo Richardson roars on bari

Leo Richardson roars on bari

Monday, 13th November

Matt Roberts BigISH Band (Sold Out)

Spice of Life

Taking in Matt’s monologue alone is worth more than the price of admission. As a tribute to Wayne Shorter, this group consisted of some of the best musicians on the scene, with the likes of Leo Richardson/Bari, Josh Arcoleo/tenor, Alex Garnett/alto, George Millard/saxes, Conor Chaplin/bass, Dave Hamblett/drums and, the man who stole the show, James Copus/trumpet. Thoroughly entertaining. Why don’t these guys play live more often?!?

Relationship: Yes

Performance: Muscular