June’s adventures began in beloved Hull, with a visit to the William Gemmell Ale House, choked with bunting for some reason, to play in a specially-convened sextet with Paul Sharpless, Martin Jones, Gary Hammond, Paul Rodgers and José Canha for HullJazz. The team very gamely and creatively tackled a pile of new arrangements of some of my tunes:
Them Back Then
New Cross Gait
Rum Bar Rumba
Slip & Tackle
So You Say
The following sun-blessed day weaved in a visit to the alma mater, The University of Hull, to offer a copy of Better Late Than Sorry to Larkin’s haunt, The Brynmor Jones Library. Imagine their excitement.
This was followed by a brief Trombone Poetry set for the 10th Birthday edition of Away With Words at Union Mash Up. John Robinson was there, reading from a new collection, A Ring of Islands: seek it out! Thanks again to host Jim Higo for the invitation.
The last date of the Hull+ tour was another treat: playing as a guest with Jazzmakers Collective at The Lairgate in Beverley (after the obligatory visit to Nellie’s). The amazing trio of Jenni Molloy on double bass, Sean Miller on piano and Chris Sykes on drums, played, without any rehearsal, a different set of original tunes:
One for the Road
Drinking in the Dark
Thanks again to Dave Ellis of HullJazz for arranging those dates.
Mike Walter’s project, A Bigger Mouth, generated yet more spontaneous music in the basement of the wonderful Hundred Years Gallery. July’s date (see below) will be some kind of tribute to the late, great Lol Coxhill.
At The Word Bookshop for the launch of Metadesigning Designing in the Anthropocene, as it flew off the shelves, I was pleased to see that the poetry section is now named after Jazzman John Clarke, who used to pop up in these chronicles right from the beginning.
The final highlight of June was another glad visit to a secluded spot somewhere out near Orpington, for the All That Jazz, Blues and Real Ale Festival, where Trombone Poetry regaled a tentful of innocent jazz fans with selections from that book (no, not Metadesigning, the other one) and the odd new poem, such as April In Bermondsey.
Meanwhile, despite optimistic claims on social media, the new edition of Robots (doubling the contents) has still not been finished but may clank into artificial life this summer. More oil!
JULY DATES : click links for more details.
Better Late Than Sorry will of course be available at all these events!
Saturday 2 July, 19:30
DUKE ELLINGTON SACRED CONCERT
+ Roland Perrin’s Brazilian Songs of Nature
St Gabriel’s Church
Wanstead E12 5HH
Sunday 3rd July, 19:30
Swinging at the Cotton Club
Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra
Pamoja Hall, The Space
Monday 4 July, 20:00 doors, 20:30 start
Mick Collins Legacy Jazz Orchestra
Sundridge Park Working Mens Club and Institute
134 Burnt Ash Lane
Bromley BR1 5AF
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Wednesday 6th July, 19:30 doors, 20:00 start
Chris Sansom”s PERFECT STRANGER
Thursday 7th July, 20:00 start
Charlotte Glasson Band
Charlotte Glasson: saxes, flutes, violin & saw
Chris Kibble: Keys
Paul Taylor: Trombone
Lloyd Coote: Sousa and bass
Sam Glasson: Drums
MAAD (fka Karamel)
4 Coburg Rd
London N22 6UJ
Friday 8 July, late
SALSENATO: Maelo Ruiz, David Pabón por la salsa y representando la música vallenata el inolvidable Alex Manga
The Royal Regency
501 High St N
London E12 6TH
Saturday 9 July, 19:30
Blue Planet Orchestra + Hertfordshire Chorus
DUKE ELLINGTON SACRED CONCERT
+ Roland Perrin’s songs from the cage for choir and big band: settings of Charles Bukowski’s poems
West Road Concert Hall
Cambridge CB3 9DP
MOUTH : Spirit of Lol Coxhill
Alan Wakeman : saxophones
Gabriel Keen : piano & keyboard
Mark Roberts : percussion
Mike Walter : saxophone & synthesiser
Paul Taylor : trombone
13 Pearson St.
London E2 8JD
doors 18:00 | music 19:00 | entry £5
Saturdays 16, 23, 30 July, 6 August, 13:00
Roberto Pla Latin Jazz Ensemble
4a Station Way
London SE15 4RX