Passing on the baton: into the Freeness

From the vaults: 2019. Corey Mwamba, above left, and Soweto Kinch. Derby vibist Mwamba is the new presenter of BBC Radio 3 Saturday show Freeness that launches at midnight on Saturday 2 November pictured above at the launch of the EFG London Jazz …

Published: 8 Oct 2020. Updated: 2 years.

From the vaults: 2019. Corey Mwamba, above left, and Soweto Kinch. Derby vibist Mwamba is the new presenter of BBC Radio 3 Saturday show Freeness that launches at midnight on Saturday 2 November pictured above at the launch of the EFG London Jazz Festival that Kinch, the outgoing lead presenter of Monday night show Jazz Now, hosted.

The new Radio 3 jazz show to begin on Saturday 2 November at midnight is Freeness. The presenter is the Derby vibist and composer Corey Mwamba. The executive producer of the new hour-long show concentrates on free jazz, in the improv sense not only but also its corollaries in electronica, folk, etc, Joby Waldman explained the vision of the show to marlbank. The show “celebrates improvised music in all its forms,” he says.

The show will concentrate on CD (recorded artefact) play and will also include “guests invited in from the community”. It won’t however involve live recording in the outside broadcast sense but will sometimes play, as Waldman, also a director of Reduced Listening who will produce the weekly programme elaborates, live recordings. Producers working on the show he reveals are another former Somethin’ Else alumnus and producer at Jazz on 3 Chris Elcombe. Rebecca Gaskell (known for her work on Late Junction) is at the helm.

photo: marlbank

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Newly listed in November for Pizza Express Jazz Club: Mark Nightingale and the Alan Barnes Quintet to play George Gershwin

Looks like the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London is back soon. Listed on the club website: Sunday 1 November sees the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet play the basement club. Nash is a saxophonist with Jools Holland. For this special gig …

Published: 7 Oct 2020. Updated: 2 years.

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Looks like the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street, Soho, London is back soon. Listed on the club website: Sunday 1 November sees the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet play the basement club. Nash is a saxophonist with Jools Holland. For this special gig he is to play with pianist David Newton, bassist Geoff Gascoyne and drummer Sebastiaan de Krom from the You’ve Got To Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? band. Gascoyne and de Krom featured on Jamie Cullum's big selling Twentysomething. Tickets

Then a few days later the George Gershwin themed Mark Nightingale & Alan Barnes Quintet show listed for Wednesday 4 November caught my eye as the great club, a pillar of the London jazz scene for decades, re-opens and gets going again. Trombonist Nightingale arranged, co-produced and appeared on the Alan Barnes + Eleven album 60th Birthday Celebration: New Takes On Tunes From '59 that was released in 2019. Completing the quintet are Graham Harvey (piano), Sam Burgess (double bass) and Ian Thomas (drums). Tickets Updated: 10/10/20.