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James Francies' '713' from Purest Form streams

Pianist James Francies is to release Purest Form in May with '713' kicking the build-up off as a lead-off track. Francies on the album is with bassist Burniss Travis and drummer Jeremy Dutton while saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, vibist Joel Ross, …

Published: 16 Apr 2021. Updated: 21 days.

Pianist James Francies is to release Purest Form in May with '713' kicking the build-up off as a lead-off track. Francies on the album is with bassist Burniss Travis and drummer Jeremy Dutton while saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, vibist Joel Ross, guitarist Mike Moreno and singers Elliott Skinner, Peyton and Bilal are also on the record which is to be released by Blue Note. Francies is also on Chris Potter's upcoming Sunrise Reprise, again a May release, details here.

James Francies, top. Photo: Twitter

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Breaking: Ronnie Scott's to reopen on Thurs 20 May

At last some great news for the beleagured live jazz scene in that Ronnie Scott's is to reopen on Thursday 20 May. A huge boost for UK jazz ravaged by lockdown upon lockdown because the world renowned historic Soho club is the spiritual home and …

Published: 15 Apr 2021. Updated: 22 days.

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At last some great news for the beleagured live jazz scene in that Ronnie Scott's is to reopen on Thursday 20 May.

A huge boost for UK jazz ravaged by lockdown upon lockdown because the world renowned historic Soho club is the spiritual home and heartland of jazz.

The club's Sarah Weller confirmed the news to marlbank earlier: ''We hope to open on the 20th May and be open for ever more after that!''

Looking at the club website pianist-vocalist Reuben James is to play on the first big night back.

Tonight at the club for the live stream Doug Sides and Daniel Cano present Duplexity from 8pm.