I was genuinely moved to read what Saxophonist Daisy Coole (above) sent in to LondonJazz today about the lunchtime gig on Father's Day this Sunday at the MAP Cafe in Grafton Road Kentish Town. This is music with a real purpose. Daisy, thank you.
"Mr. Ears Presents... @ MAP is a great chance to hear and jam with amazing musicians every Sunday.
More important to me, however, is bandleader Bandleader Cai Marle-Garcia 's Donations jar. Each week which has so far been filled up by the appreciative and generous audience. All proceeds go straight to charity, including the North London Hospice, a charity close to my heart.
My father, whose love of Glen Miller and Ted Heath encouraged me to play the saxophone, sadly died in March this year after spending two weeks with the amazing care and attention of the Hospice nurses.
This Sunday's band features Shabaka Hutchings, Ivo Neame, Darren Altman and, of course, Cai Marle-Garcia, whose wonderful idea it was to make it a regular charity event.
Map Cafe are also selling my homemade cupcakes from this weekend, including Father's Day themed treats, which is something I began to do after Dad passed away and I hope he'd be proud of! The house band are on from 1.30pm till 3pm, with the jam running from 3.30pm till 5pm. Entry is free until July and upcoming musicians include Gabriel Garrick, Tom Challenger, Sam Leak and Russell van den Berg."