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Singing Bond Songs for Shirley Bassey and Pierce Brosnan

Joe Bickerstaff (keys), Miles Danso (double bass) and I did a rather extraordinary gig for Lots of Charity at the St Pancras Grand Hotel a little while ago – their Remarkable Great Britons Dinner performing for Lord Seb Coe, Dame Shirley Bassey, Pierce Brosnan, Dame Kelly Holmes, Twiggy & other British Icons – I sang a British themed set for them including Bond songs – no pressure there then!

Here are images of the event by Getty and we feature briefly in this video too:

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1940s Show Theatre Royal Nottingham

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We enjoyed playing our first Third Stage production at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham last month resurrecting the 1940s show we premiered at The Pizza Express jazz club in Chelsea, London.  Happily it was the fastest selling show they have produced in the space so far!  A great night was had by all culminating in a rather emotional spontaneous singalong of We’ll Meet Again (which was unfortunately not captured on film as my camera ran out of data space) below is what was recorded of the event, photos by Martyn Boston: Read the rest of this page »

À Paris Avec Marcel Lucont (cover of Sandie Shaw’s Monsieur Dupont)

Here is mine and Marcel Lucont‘s psychotic collaboration (a new version of Sandie Shaw’s Monsieur Dupont) on YouTube!  Happy Valentines! xj

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Anti-Semitism Gilad Atzmon and Nottingham Jazz

I have always considered music a universal language; perhaps the only form of communication that can unite us regardless of creed, race, religion or even species – life connects with the beauty and passion of musical expression.  I was therefore recently very disturbed that, a small number of Nottingham residents succeeded in lobbying Gedling Borough Council to cancel a concert by a popular, critically acclaimed saxophonist who is also an Israeli critic of Jewish Identity Politics and identity in general. Read the rest of this page »

New Jazz Job at the Nottingham Post

I’ve got a new job writing for the Nottingham Post!  My column will be weekly; out online on Wednesday and in print Friday.

My background is writing (having done a BA in English and Film at Warwick University) and I have been writing for London Jazz News since 2010 so it’s nice to keep my hand in – I hope it helps boost our local scene in Nottingham!

Click on the articles to see the online version:
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