Coventry Jazz Festival
Writing about web page http://www.visitcoventry.co.uk/jazz
About time I blogged, I think.
I would like to draw everybody's attention to the Coventry Jazz Festival, which started on thursday and continues until Monday.
So far, it's been excellent. On Thursday afternoon I spent a pleasant afternoon in Priory Place near the Cathedral (Although what isn't near the Cathedral?) listening to the festival launch which featured The Avon Big Band, a local funk/jazz group called One Nation (who were extremely good) and Warwick's own Pretty Small Band. All this whilst drinking Wiessbeer…
Later that evening, it was the turn of EST. EST, or the Esbjorn Svensson Trio are one of the most exciting acts around at the moment, and they gave a typically intense performance at the Belgrade Theatre. Afterwards, Esbjorn himself was kind enough to give me an interview for RaW, and thoroughly lovely he was too.
Yesterday, I breifly checked out local guitarist Simon Hayden at a small bar named the Tin Angel, at the end of the Spon Street. He seemed good, but I had to dash to see Claire Martin, whom I spoke to over a plate of complimentary artists' dinner and a glass… which turned out to be of water, even though she had mentioned having some wine. That was the only disappointment, as her concert, with the Laurence Cottle All Star Big Band, was an absolute smash – the most fun I've had at a concert (on my own) for a while. I then went to the late concert in the Belgrade Theatre's café, which was the Karen Sharp Quintet – also excellent.
I don't think I'm going to go to anything today, as I'm spending time sorting out my recorded material for RaW, and a lttile bored of going to things on my own :-( However, don't let my absence deter you! There's plenty going on today, particularly the main concert which is Jazz Jamaica. Tomorrow's highlight for me is Annie Whitehead (12.30pm Castle Yard), but I've heard lots of good things about Trilok Girtu. I especially recommend him if you usually go to the RAG quiz, as this will increase my chances of winning.
Anyway, to hear my day 1 report/EST interview, tune into "The Eclection on RaW 1251AM this coming Monday at 11pm. Claire Martin will follow next week.