Whilst it’s easy to be depressed about the amount of jazz on mainstream radio stations, we can still enjoy a summer of jazz festivals around the country. What’s more, we’ve also got the 2010 London Jazz Festival to look forward to. Here’s your late summer Cosmic Jazz guide to who we think is worth spending your hard earned money on seeing.
The Brecon Jazz Festival earlier this month featured an excellent lineup – with Phronesis, Nostalgia 77, Kairos 4tet, the Kit Downes Trio and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – all artists we’ve featured here on Cosmic Jazz.
But let’s start with our own Snape Summer Prom season this year which featured Django Bates’ Beloved Bird project on 06 August and continues with Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra on 10 August and the Neil Cowley Trio on 17 August. Courtney Pine brings his Transition in Tradition band to Snape on 24 August and pianist Alex Wilson curates the Big Latin Weekend on the Bank Holiday weekend of 28-29 August.
Ronnie Scott’s BritJazz Fest continues through into August with the Colin Towns Mask Orchestra and the Denys Baptiste Quartet on 13 and Talvin Singh and the Cleveland Watkiss Quartet on 14 August – again, all artists who have featured on Cosmic Jazz over the last year.
Next month sees the start of the Scarborough Jazz Festival with a slew of artists who have featured here in the East of England – Nigel Price, Stan Tracey and Karen Sharp.
Finally, the 2010 London Jazz Festival kicks off on 12 November, with Herbie Hancock playing on 13 and 14 November. Other headliners include the Bad Plus, Hugh Masakela, Brad Mehldau, John Scofield, Gary Burton, Palle Mikkelborg and Marilyn Mazur. And yes, of course, we’ve featured all of these artists here on the show. Lots more details and a festival brochure can be found at on the website.