16 albums from 2016

2016 was a challenging year, but a great year for music. I’ll choose 16 albums for you that rocked my world and some other highlights too. Feel free to comment with your choices… Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book Full of light and life, this was a record of joy and optimism, combining hip-hop and […]

The Waitrose Kings Cross Sessions

It’s an unusual but in many ways perfect spot to play live music. Playing in a supermarket bar reaches so many people and I’ve been passionate for a long time to take jazz and Black American Music to a wider audience. We need to reach beyond those who regard themselves as jazz fans. The gigs […]

Favourite Records of 2015

These lists are always hugely subjective but these are new sounds I’ve loved listening to this year – and if you know what I like – there might be something for you to check out too! Probably not everything though; this is a diverse list! The order I’ve chosen is a little spurious -just how […]

Favourite Records of 2014

Olcay Bayir – Neva/Harmony Let me begin with a record you might not know, as that is surely the point of these posts. Olcay’s debut album is an exquisite sonic journey through Anatolia. Sonically vibrant, this atmospheric record transports you. I have met Olcay on the London music scene and have always found her voice […]

Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio – February 4th – Vortex

One of my favourite trios is playing at the Vortex in Dalston on Tuesday February 4th. Stephan is known best as the bassist in Vijay Iyer’s groundbreaking and original trio but plays regularly in his wife Jen Chapin’s trio. Stephan appears at the Vortex with his own Rosetta trio featuring the unique line up of […]