Mario Bakuna and Uccio Gaeta, The Lion & Lamb, Hoxton, London

There was certainly in the afternoon a pleasant jazz club atmosphere in the Lion and Lamb pub not far from where Charlie Wright's used to be in Hoxton. Punters took a while to turn up. But the place was pretty well-populated after a while and the …

Published: 6 Jun 2021. Updated: 3 months.

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There was certainly in the afternoon a pleasant jazz club atmosphere in the Lion and Lamb pub not far from where Charlie Wright's used to be in Hoxton.

Punters took a while to turn up. But the place was pretty well-populated after a while and the well travelled Brazilian guitarist-singer Mario Bakuna and drummer Uccio Gaeta were in no hurry. They could read the room.

Bakuna, whose style and connoisseur-level Brazilian Landscapes has just been released is influenced, he mentioned to marlbank later, by João Bosco whose 'Prêt-à-porter de tafetá' is included on Bakuna's album.

Highlights of the first set included Jobim's 'A Felicidade' with Bahia and MPB (música popular brasileira) the order of the day. Bakuna's tour de force is his ''voice trumpet'' in the mould a little of Raul Midón.

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Catch up with the Brazilian as soon as you can. You won't be disappointed. What a sound.

Mario Bakuna, top. The Lion & Lamb, above. Photos: marlbank

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Jazz winners at Canada's Juno awards: Sammy Jackson, Jocelyn Gould and Andy Milne

Announced on the first night of the Juno awards, these jazz acts each won a Juno: Jazz album of the year, solo: Elegant Traveler by Jocelyn Gould (Posi-tone/Alliance/The Orchard). In the YouTube video check around the 58.06 minute mark for …

Published: 5 Jun 2021. Updated: 3 months.

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Announced on the first night of the Juno awards, these jazz acts each won a Juno:

Jazz album of the year, solo: Elegant Traveler by Jocelyn Gould (Posi-tone/Alliance/The Orchard). In the YouTube video check around the 58.06 minute mark for Jocelyn's acceptance comments which included a remark that ''jazz is alive''.

Vocal jazz album of the year: With You by Sammy Jackson Sammy's acceptance and thanks can be found in the YouTube video at the 1:24.59 mark.

Jazz album of the year, group: The reMission by Andy Milne and Unison (Sunnyside/AMPED/eOne)

Milne's The reMission with his trio Unison was the keyboardist's first landmark piano trio release following a tumultuous period in the pianist-composer's life and three years after he by now long since in remisssion was diagnosed with cancer. Drummer Clarence Penn and bassist John Hébert join Milne. Best known still for his early career work with Steve Coleman and later Dapp Theory, among the tracks are Milne's take on McCoy Tyner’s 'Passion Dance' and his own tunes including 'Resolution', 'Winter Palace', and 'Drive by – The Fall.' In the video check around the 1:45.34 minute mark for Andy's acceptance comments including his reaction that it's ''trippy'' and he's ''really emotional.''