Jazz on the links, plus a link to Harvard Business School


Peter Slavid of Hillingdon Arts has sent me details of two interesting mainstream jazz evenings by top players on June 1 and June 2 in North-West London, run by drummer Brian Knapp.

What Knapp has done in the first place is to bring some of our top players into small venues with a good atmosphere. But in the process he has put together an interesting business school case study for jazz as a team leadership exercise:

Two fine players on tenor who normally run their own bands- Ray Gelato (more often to be heard at Ronnie's) Vassilis Xenopoulos (ex-Berklee, he's everywhere, amazing jazz chops) will be jointly running the show on Monday June 1st.

And the following night it's the turn of two highly effective women, both of whom I would trust to run a platoon, or even a brigade: Karen Sharp and Jacqui Hicks.


This is topical right now.....a college in Boston -not Berklee this time but Harvard Business School -is really hot on jazz and management right now: check out this study of SUCCESS PARADIGMS, S-CURVES AND "KIND OF BLUE".

In fact the only thing I can think of that will render Knapp's experiment unrepresentative as a leadership sample is that all four of these are some of the friendliest and most positive people you'll ever meet.

Here are the details.

MONDAY 1ST JUNE.
JAZZ at RUISLIP GOLF CLUB Ickenham Road, West Ruislip (opp. Station) HA4 7DQ 8.30-10.30pm Admission £6 (or £10 with quality discounted meal before jazz). Enqs: 01895-632394 Ray Gelato( Vocalist/Saxophonist) and Vasilis Xenopoulos (Tenor Saxophonist) front this exciting 5 piece jazz band. With music ranging from 'jumping jive' to mainstream popular standards. These battling two saxophonists are supported by Jack Honeyborne (Piano), Dave Green (Double Bass) & Brian Knapp (Drums)

TUESDAY 2ND JUNEJAZZ.
NORTHWOOD GOLF CLUB Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, HA6 2QW 8.30-10.30pm Admission £7. Enquiries tel. 01895-632394. Jacqui Hicks (Vocalist) and Karen Sharp (Tenor Sax/Baritone Sax) provide popular jazz standards,supported by the widely recorded John Pearce (Piano), Paul Morgan (Double Bass), & Brian Knapp (Drums).

This is event is part of Hillingdon Arts Week, www.communigate.co.uk/london/artsweek/ which includes over 40 events celebrating the range of arts activities in the London Borough of Hillingdon. Arts Week is organised on an entirely voluntary basis by Hillingdon Arts Association a local charity supporting the arts.

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