Tim Dickeson reports back from the booming Umbria Jazz Festival as it plays host to some of the biggest names in jazz
There’s always a buzz in the air when bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake hit Café OTO. In the decades they’ve been working together, these American maestros have cemented a reputation as one of the pre-eminent rhythm sections in jazz.
Christoph Giese reports back from the 20th anniversary edition of the Funchal Festival, which is held on Madeira Island, Portugal
Taking place in lush Victorian ‘pleasure gardens’ a half-hour drive from Salisbury, Larmer Tree Festival is a far cry from the urban localities associated with many of the jazz acts on the line-up.
Across two fast-moving sets, Cawley, Lockrane, singer Fini Bearman, bass-guitarist Conor Chaplin (creditably depping for Robin Mullarkey) and drummer Chris Higginbottom breezed through the music from the band’s eponymously-titled May release
Steve Gadd reeled out an impeccable set in front of an appreciative audience for the first main concert at the Pinède Gould in Juan-les-Pins of the 59th Jazz-à-Juan Festival