It's Our Generations
Hopefully the experiment will reach fruition soon. Certainly, Bowman's enthusiasm and experience suggest it has a strong chance of successhe also runs workshops at The Stables, where he has already persuaded saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch to meet workshop participants before his own performance at the venue.
Like the NYJC, with which Bowman is in contact, Notivate's work depends on grants and donations from a variety of groups, organizations and individuals. These are not profit-making activities, but their potential social capital is huge.
What's Wrong With The British Jazz Scene This Month?
Well, yet again, the "token jazz album" didn't win the Mercury Music Prize. But no-one really expected that it would, despite the undoubtable talents of pianist Gwilym Simcock, whose Good Days At Schloss Elmau (ACT Music, 2011) was this year's jazz nominee. At least jazz albums still routinely get nominated for the awardit's been some years since a classical music album made it through, and the dear old Heavy Metal scene has never managed to get one of its own recordings into the final twelve.
If that's all that's wrong, then one mustn't grumble. But maybe that's a big "if."
All Photos: Bruce Lindsay