Review: Jazz Nights (BBC Radio Scotland)

Jazz Nights is presented by violinist and singer Seonaid Aitken familiar from shows such as Jazz Nights at the Quay and The Jazz House. This episode, broadcast on Sunday, includes music from Shetland saxophonist Norman Willmore and a classic spot …

Published: 23 Jan 2021. Updated: 7 months.

Jazz Nights is presented by violinist and singer Seonaid Aitken familiar from shows such as Jazz Nights at the Quay and The Jazz House. This episode, broadcast on Sunday, includes music from Shetland saxophonist Norman Willmore and a classic spot featuring Dizzy Gillespie's 'A Night In Tunisia'. The Diz spot wasn't nearly so compelling as the presentation leading into it was a case of jazzsplaining, chalk dust flying hither and thither, as guest Richard Michael worked himself up into a right lather. However, the show's sprawling track selections somehow made sense and ever positive Aitken was natural and even pally. Willmore's album Alive & Well At The Muckle Roe Hall is released next month. Stephen Graham

Link: to listen. Seonaid Aitken, top. Photo: BBC

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Thriving this Thursday on a Riff: the Shake Keane Story launch online features the Riff author plus son of Shake in the line-up

Published this month is Philip Nanton's Riff: the Shake Keane Story, a groundbreaking biography of the dazzling Joe Harriott trumpeter and poet Ellsworth McGranahan "Shake" Keane. The erudite St Vincent-born player widely referred to as ''Shake'' …

Published: 23 Jan 2021. Updated: 7 months.

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Published this month is Philip Nanton's Riff: the Shake Keane Story, a groundbreaking biography of the dazzling Joe Harriott trumpeter and poet Ellsworth McGranahan "Shake" Keane.

The erudite St Vincent-born player widely referred to as ''Shake'' after the Bard himself was significant at the advanced and historically significant end of the 1960s UK jazz scene because he was in the frontline of Joe Harriott's ''free form'' innovations died in Oslo in 1997.

Shake was a leader in his own right playing often in viscerally satisfying buccaneering hard bop and alternately reggae-influenced settings. He appeared, sealing his significance especially, on classic Harriott albums Free Form and Abstract.

Shake's own records as leader on high profile labels included In My Condition and The Big Fat Horn Of Shake Keane.

Riff: The Shake Keane Story is issued by the Papillote Press. A Riff event featuring St Lucian poet John Robert Lee, Shake's son the trumpeter Roland Ramanan, writer Kevin Le Gendre, Lafleur Cockburn, and in the air as an anointment the sound of Shake all over, is on Thursday at 7.30pm London-Dublin time/3.30pm Kingstown time. Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 861 0748 2756; Passcode: 511743.