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Freedom of the City, the annual festival of radical and improvised music curated by Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost and Martin Davidson, returns over the May Bank holiday weekend, at the Red Rose club in Finsbury Park, north London. As in recent years, the music will be provided by an exciting mix of familiar favourites, lesser known London-based players and visiting musicians. No booking required...
Sunday, May 6th, 4pm:
Eddie Prévost (percussion), Joe Williamson (double bass), Alan Wilkinson (alto & baritone saxophones)
Unit: Cheung Yiu Munn (flute with foot pedals), Thanh Trung Nguyen (alto saxophone and clarinet), Andy Martin (alto saxophone and short wave radio), Lawrence Burton (analogue synthesiser), Dave Fanning (bass guitar), Luc Tran (percussion and unamplified electronic keyboard)
Matt Milton (violin), Bechir Saadé (bass clarinet), Matt Davis (trumpet/electronics)
Sunday, May 6th, 8pm:
Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra
London Improvisers Orchestra
(separately and together)
Monday, May 7th, 4pm:
Alex Ward (clarinet), Alexander Hawkins (piano), Dominic Lash (double bass), Paul May (percussion)
Quaqua: John Russell (guitar), Ute Wassermann (voice), Chris Burn (trumpet), Stefan Keune (alto sax), Philipp Wachsmann (violin), Javier Carmona (percussion), Ashley Wales (electronics)
Monday, May 7th, 8pm:
9!: Jennifer Allum (violin), Nathaniel Catchpole (tenor saxophone), Shakeeb Abu Hamdan (electric bass), Ross Lambert (guitars), John Lely (unspecified), Sebastian Lexer (piano + electronics/laptop), Eddie Prévost (percussion), Michael Rodgers (guitar + harmonica), Samantha Rebello (flute), Tara Stuckey (clarinet), Gomuald Wadych (electronics + things), Jerry Wigens (clarinet), Seymour Wright (alto saxophone)
Paul Rutherford (trombone), Marcio Mattos (cello), Veryan Weston (piano)
Evan Parker (soprano & tenor saxophones), Agusti Fernández (piano), John Russell (guitar), John Edwards (double bass)
The Red Rose club is at 129 Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park tube and main line station. Tickets are £10 (£7 for concessions) for one concert, £15 (£10 for concessions) for one day, and available at the door.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.