On the evening of Monday 25th March, I was invited on to Alan Musson's 'Jazz Kaleidocope' show on local radio station 102.5 The Bridge in Stourbridge. What better way to spend a couple of hours than to perform live, and play and chat about your favourite Jazz music?
Alan made me feel very much at ease as I performed two solo bass pieces live on air. We also chatted about my favourite and most influencial jazz artists, and played some of their music. This included sounds from Jan Garbrek, Skúli Sverrisson, Jaco Pastorius and Weather Report, Esbjörn Svensson Trio, Bobo Stenson Trio and Avishai Cohen.
If you missed the live show, you can download the two mp3 files using the link below from my public DropBox folder. The audio quality is not that great, but it captures the relaxed nature of the show and I hope that you will find both the conversation and the sounds interesting and inspiring.
Well the first Birmingham Bass Night was a big success! The Tower Of Song (Run by local musician Tom Martin) in Cotteridge is a great venue. The event was well attended and there was some great music :). I was extremely privileged to have played alongside two established players - Steve Lawson and Lorenzo Feliciati. Both amazing musicians and lovely people to boot.
I opened, and nervously played my set which included some of my new music: 'As Far As The Eye Can See' and 'The Garden', followed by 'October' then finishing on my upright bass with 'For Eberhard' followed by a solo version of Miles Davis' 'Nardis'.
Steve Lawson was up next, showing none of the stresses that running a night like this AND playing can instill. Steve effortlessly breezed through 'A Year Afloat', 'The Kindness Of Strangers', Lionel Richie's 'Hello' (as it was originally intended!):) and an extended new version of 'Grace And Gratitude'.
Headlining, was Italy's Lorenzo Feliciati. A veritable powerhouse of the bass guitar, he put together a blinding set playing as a duo with virtuoso drummer, Leeds' own Dave Walsh. Lorenzo has recently put together a band called Naked Truth, with Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and his latest solo album Frequent Flyer has to be heard to be believed. Awesome sauce. :)
In contrast to mine and Steve's more ambient offerings, Lorenzo and Dave's set included Miles Davis and Alan Holdsworth pieces and some of Lorenzo’s own beautifully intricate jazz-fusion musical compositions.
Overall, it really was a great night. A BIG THANK YOU to all who made it out to come and see three bassists do their thang.
Want more? May's Birmingham Bass Night is already organised for Sunday, 19 May (Facebook Event link - https://www.facebook.com/events/135380309977792), and as well as more fabulous music from your host, Steve Lawson, features funk bass sensation Yolanda Charles. In Steve's own words, "We're SO SO lucky to have one of the finest bassists in the country to come and headline for us - Yolanda Charles! Yolanda has played with SO many massive names - Paul Weller, Robbie Williams, Marcella Detroit, BB King, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltry and Van Morrison, recording bass on a Michael Jackson session with Jermaine Jackson. Also working with Mick Jagger on the Alfie film soundtrack.. just to name a few.
I'll be going -- see you there? :)
Yolanda Charles in action...