Salute to Cannonball and Coltrane, Alan Wakeman and Brandon Allen: among this month's Watermill Jazz line-up

Lots of retro flavours this month at the Watermill Jazz venue in Dorking with Andy Panayi and Alan Barnes' Salute to Cannonball & Coltrane, Alan Wakeman with his octet and Brandon Allen paying homage to Stanley Turrentine among the May line-up. Fine …

Published: 4 May 2022. Updated: 13 days.

Lots of retro flavours this month at the Watermill Jazz venue in Dorking with Andy Panayi and Alan Barnes' Salute to Cannonball & Coltrane, Alan Wakeman with his octet and Brandon Allen paying homage to Stanley Turrentine among the May line-up. Fine saxophonist Allen has a new record on the Ubuntu Music paying tribute to the saxman and said at the time of the release “Some of the original versions were orchestral in nature and so I tried to capture the essence of that large ensemble feeling. With the other tracks I have taken all the main elements of the song but have made some small alterations, textural changes here and there and opened up certain sections for solos.'' Also to appear is Chris Ingham's tribute to Hoagy Carmichael.

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Brandon Allen and Stanley Turrentine above

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Ron Carter turns 85 today

Turning 85 today Ron Carter, as a member of the second great Miles Davis quintet in the 1960s, Ron Carter has long since earned his place in jazz history and continues to make it. He's still a force of nature. Check out his recent Grammy-winning …

Published: 4 May 2022. Updated: 13 days.

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Turning 85 today Ron Carter, as a member of the second great Miles Davis quintet in the 1960s, Ron Carter has long since earned his place in jazz history and continues to make it. He's still a force of nature. Check out his recent Grammy-winning album Skyline with Jack DeJohnette and Gonzala Rubalcaba if further proof is at all necessary. Back when he was a mere 71-year-old was the last time this blog managed to hear him live, an appearance at Ronnie Scott's in 2009. And it was clear that night how he had immersed himself in the most sophisticated and demanding of pursuits – getting inside the song, reinventing the song and pursuing its reinvention relentlessly. Many happy returns!