London Calling

LONDON CALLING

Club Inégales: Where Everybody Knows Your Name...

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If Club Inégales didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent it. What price a venue in the heart of jny: London with a policy as open-minded and eclectic as this? Club Inégales welcomes jazzers and free improvisers, baroque musicians and folk singers, poets and comedians, Japanese and Bengali percussionists and even the occasional passing shaman. The club's very existence is both a statement of intent and a blow against the conventional wisdom of the wider musical and cultural scenes--musique ...

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The People Band: Back and playing again

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46 years after their previous release, the People Band are putting out a new CD. Paul Jolly is producing the project and releasing it through his record label, 33JAZZ records. Jolly is also a member of the band. He says, “The reason for a new album is that our last one, released on the Emanem label, covered material from 1969 / 70 and there was nothing current to show that the band is still alive (mostly) and still creating." In ...

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Ornette Coleman's Meltdown is the Best Ever

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Ornette Coleman's Meltdown London June 12-21, 2009 Ever since it was announced in late March that Ornette Coleman was to curate the 2009 Meltdown festival at the South Bank, Coleman seemed to dominate the capital. The festival's trademark image of a young Coleman soulfully eyeballing the camera was everywhere, on larger-than-life posters in the London underground, in adverts in papers and magazines, on flyers and handbills, and online. It was mesmerising and inescapable. But ...

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Ronnie Scott's and the London Scene

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Historically, the London jazz scene has played an important part in the growth of the music and its appreciation although most of that importance has to do with English performers and writers and less with jazz venues. For decades, when you went to London, you thought of only one club--Ronnie Scott's. And even though there are several new boites about the city, a recent visit revealed that, despite the new establishments, very few Londoners and visitors out for a jazz ...

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Freedom of the City 2007

Read "Freedom of the City 2007" reviewed by John Eyles

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 ...

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London Jazz Festival Preview: November 10th to 19th

Read "London Jazz Festival Preview: November 10th to 19th" reviewed by John Eyles

Now that autumn is here, the London Jazz Festival can't be far behind. This year, the LJF runs from Friday 10th November until Sunday 19th November. In those ten days, the festival will include its usual mix of jazz superstars and legends, rising stars, crowd pleasers, cult heroes, great freebies, plus--with nearly twenty gigs on some days--a large slice of frustration that one cannot be in two (or more) places at once. Birthday celebrations abound this year--Dave Holland's 60th, Mike ...

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Fond Farewells / Freedom of the City / John Tchicai / Dan Flavin / Barbican Jazz

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Fond Farewells Since London Calling last appeared, we have all been saddened by the deaths of Derek Bailey and Elton Dean. Both leave behind a huge legacy ... and a vast unfillable gap. Anyone who has ever experienced their music knows that they will not be forgotten. Freedom of the City 2006 For lovers of radical and improvised music (or even for the mildly curious), Freedom of the City is one of the highlights ...


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