With all live touring to an extent up in the air and a very much ''check before you set out'' mantra the order of the day, let's hope come summertime the picture is better and things return to normal. I am sure that a lot of festival organisers are very uncertain about what comes next even if their events are to take place far into the summer. (As the old joke has it: How do you make God laugh? Tell him your future plans.)
Assuming it and other summer jazz festivals emerge unscathed by the tumult and all come to pass as planned look at this mindblowing booking for the summer's Monheim Triennale (1-5 July) in Germany, Shabaka Hutchings with his Ensemble for Upliftment and Spiritual Unity brings together all three of his acclaimed bands: Sons of Kemet, The Comet Is Coming and Shabaka and the Ancestors plus for added welly a chamber orchestra. The festival describes what is planned: ''The dream project of Shabaka Hutchings will be a world premiere, his cosmic creativity exploding into a full firework display.''
• Shabaka at Monheim is also to duet with cult avant pianist Kris Davis. Gaze at the fairly spectacular, to understate, full programme here.