Track of the day: Grace and Mercy from Immanuel Wilkins

Shaping up to be one of the releases of the year here's the mature and compelling ballad 'Grace and Mercy' from 22-year-old alto saxophonist composer Immanuel Wilkins who has signed to Blue Note with a Jason Moran-produced album Omega to be released …

Published: 24 Jul 2020. Updated: 9 days.

Shaping up to be one of the releases of the year here's the mature and compelling ballad 'Grace and Mercy' from 22-year-old alto saxophonist composer Immanuel Wilkins who has signed to Blue Note with a Jason Moran-produced album Omega to be released on 7 August. Pianist Micah Thomas, bassist Daryl Johns, and drummer Kweku Sumbry are on the record and you also listen to lead-off track, the highly impressive 'Warriors,' Wilkins burning like Greg Osby back in the day, ahead of release.

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Ronnie's to reopen on 1 August

At last! Ronnie Scott’s is to reopen on 1 August albeit with a reduced capacity of 50 per cent and with strict social distancing measures in place. The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, the last act to play before the closure, will re-open the club. Simon …

Published: 24 Jul 2020. Updated: 10 days.

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At last! Ronnie Scott’s is to reopen on 1 August albeit with a reduced capacity of 50 per cent and with strict social distancing measures in place. The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, the last act to play before the closure, will re-open the club. Simon Cooke, managing director of Ronnie Scott’s comments: ‘'It’s great to be back doing what we do, we have been looking on enviously whilst restaurants have reopened, especially as the club is laid out like a restaurant. We have been planning the relaunch for some time so as soon as we got the green light for live performance we moved into action. Our unique structure of seating lends itself to distancing, some may say the added space is an improvement! Safety of our customers, staff and artists is of paramount importance so there will be protocols for the customers, the staff and the musicians. It’s been reported that social distancing measures could be financially ruinous for many other music venues to open, but it would be financially ruinous for us not to!” Line-up details for opening period.