The English Session: Vortex workshop programme and bands announced

Jazz Connective's The English Session at the Vortex is looking like this: Wednesday 11 March "No Jazz Club Is An Island: Meaningful Community Engagement" workshop. Discussion around making good contacts with the community beyond jazz. Fofoulah …

Published: 12 Feb 2020. Updated: 6 months.

Jazz Connective's The English Session at the Vortex is looking like this:

Wednesday 11 March

"No Jazz Club Is An Island: Meaningful Community Engagement" workshop.

Discussion around making good contacts with the community beyond jazz.

Fofoulah and Kouma.

Thursday March 12th

"Extending the audience for venues" workshop.

"Travel Broadens The Mind" workshop.

Public round table "The Future is NOW: How We Use New Media Effectively."

Pixvae, Black Top + Verneri Pohjola/Mika Kalio, Lauren Kinsella/Tom Challenger/Dave Smith.

For full details see the Jazz Connective site. (Pixvae, pictured. Photo: Bandcamp)

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Sam Gendel reinvents Satin Doll

Latest promo from Sam Gendel and actually in the title track this highly produced reinvention of Ellington and Strayhorn's 'Satin Doll' is much more interesting… Story so far… Clubby DJ-preferred lounge jazz is the pervasive in vogue pace-setting …

Published: 12 Feb 2020. Updated: 6 months.

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Latest promo from Sam Gendel and actually in the title track this highly produced reinvention of Ellington and Strayhorn's 'Satin Doll' is much more interesting… Story so far… Clubby DJ-preferred lounge jazz is the pervasive in vogue pace-setting jazz style this last year or so in the wake of the pattern set by labels such as Jazz re:freshed and Brownswood, and the latest to fall under this bracket is from Los Angeles saxophonist Sam Gendel.

All largely unknowns Gendel is with Gabe Noel on bass guitar and Philippe Melanson on electronic percussion.

Tunes are very familiar, eg 'Freddie Freeloader,' from Kind of Blue, Mingus standard 'Goodbye Pork Pie Hat,' and the one to get the ball rolling – 'Afro Blue' already on pre-release by Mongo Santamaria.

Look for the album, to be issued by major label imprint Nonesuch in March.