Managed to get Ali around my Piano at my mum’s house last night. Just wanted to get a quick demo done. Visuals leave a little to be desired as the sun was going down. Only had time for two takes and the second one did the trick. Even then I fade out the ending because our joint cadenza felt a little shaky. Anyway negative nonsense aside it was nice to play on an acoustic piano for a change and I think it came out OK.
We now have to work on tightening it all up. Maybe even drop it a tone or two.
Janey and I are going to create regular circle singing groups for which we are willing to travel generally in the South West UK. To this end, we want to go and participate in some regular Circle Singing groups that already exist.
If you have any leads that we could follow up please let me know. We can travel to London or further and are both going to Northern France/ Belgium for the first two weeks of April. Already scoped out one in Liege. Getting excited!
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I first played with Ali back in the 90’s and am delighted to be reunited for this project creating our own reinventions of Jazz Standards. Dominic Treacher has been my bass player of choice for several years and we are all enjoying having the wonderful sensitive drum work of Ric Byer. We have been trying out a few things at our Bay Horse Jam session but get our first formal band gig at The Oak Rooms in Tiverton on March 2nd. We are also looking for venues in the North Devon and Cornwall area for some more intimate duo work.
The wonderful Bass player Barry Cohen invited me to be part of the Devon Afrobeat Collective as musical director and keyboard player. 2 Rehearsals down the line and we are starting to think about gigs.
Our starting point is a handful of Fela Kuti numbers and we are working out from there. Watch out for us in your neighbourhood soon.