The programming of eight top young bands in four interesting, recommendable double bills during the London Jazz Festival at a small venue like the Green Note on Parkway in Camden risks getting overlooked among the 276 other gigs.
But there is some very good programming going on. Add these four gigs together and you get a fascinating cross-section of some of the best that our young scene has to offer.
1) The first double bill is on Sunday 13th The Moss Project (above), opposite Swedish-born singer Emilia Mårtensson. A jam session follows.
2) On Tuesday November 15th you get four of the most musical guys in London - Riaan Vosloo, Tim Giles, Mark Hanslip and Rob Updegraff, who make up Twelves.
They are in a double bill with Dave Hamblett Group, featuring Ivo Neame, Calum Gourlay, Josh Arcoleo, Joe Wright and Alex Munk.
3) Wednesday Nov 16th sees the only LJF appearance of Troyka - Chris Montague, Joshua Blackmore and Kit Downes. They are on the same bill as Danish guitarist Kristian Borring's quartet
4) Friday November 18th features drummer Jeff Williams, who has worked with such jazz icons as Stan Getz, Lee Konitz and Joe Lovano. This gig is the official London launch of his new CD Another Time, reviewed HERE by Chris Parker
Support is from violinist Olivia Moore's 5-piece, Unfurl. A jam session follows.
Conclusion: there's some super programming here, from promoter Alexa von Hirschberg.
And the good news ain't over: courtesy of Alexa's day-job as an editor at Bloomsbury Books (where would our jazz scene be without day jobs?), newsletter readers can put their names in the hat for an unputdownable novel, David Guterson's Ed King, an update of the Oedipus myth, with, in Diane Burroughs, a powerful character who lives her life without a moral rear view mirror. Newsletter readers, you know the drill - email me to put your name in the hat.