Emily Francis trio, Luma, ****

Playing Ronnie Scott's on Thursday night this original piano trio does not take the usual overly dreamy orthodox route. A certain fire comes instead from drummer Jamie Murray who brings a Mark Giuliana-like energy to the trio while leader pianist …

Published: 19 Apr 2022. Updated: 5 months.

Playing Ronnie Scott's on Thursday night this original piano trio does not take the usual overly dreamy orthodox route. A certain fire comes instead from drummer Jamie Murray who brings a Mark Giuliana-like energy to the trio while leader pianist Emily Francis not to be outdone offers plenty of variety and pulsating ideas especially when switching to keyboards and manages to keep the trio sounding contemporary rather than a tribute to a lost age. Largely original tunes, the trio skirt round jazz-rock and electronica textures with bassist Trevor Boxall an alert presence at all times. Worth discovering, Luma can be obtained via this link

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All-star concert this summer to celebrate legendary promoter John Cumming

A remarkable constellation of leading jazz acts has been announced for a special concert at the Barbican in London this summer to celebrate the life and work of legendary jazz promoter John Cumming who died two years ago. The concert on 16 July will …

Published: 19 Apr 2022. Updated: 5 months.

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A remarkable constellation of leading jazz acts has been announced for a special concert at the Barbican in London this summer to celebrate the life and work of legendary jazz promoter John Cumming who died two years ago. The concert on 16 July will feature among others Gary Crosby, Tomorrow's Warriors, Andy Sheppard, Guy Barker, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Nik Baertsch, Jerry Dammers, John Surman and Evan Parker.

Full details of the line-up and ticketing details can be found here