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Coming up – George Crowley Qt. Corrie Tap. Tues 29 May. And Bath Festival.

May 27, 2012

Local lad James Gardiner-Bateman’s sideline as a promoter is bringing good things to the Coronation Tap these days – a venue whose impractical shape for seeing-while-also-hearing the music is partly compensated by good atmosphere.

Example: this Tuesday sees a visit from a quartet led by George Cowley. I know only two things about him. People say he’s jolly good. (See John Fordham’s 4* review of his just released CD here). And the other three members of the quartet are Kit Downes, Calum Gourlay and James Maddren. The very splendid Kit Downes trio, in other words, and reason enough to make an effort to catch the gig. Hearing them in this format should be fascinating.

Looks like the start of a rewarding jazz week. Nick Malcolm plays the Be-Bop Club on Friday, then there’s a good selection of quality sets in Bath over the first three days of the mega-Bank Holiday weekend. The Bath Music Festival has not invested in any expensive US visitors this year – a sign of the the financial times, one assumes. (No-one to rival McCoy Tyner/Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Dave Holland, or Jason Moran, who have all featured in recent years).

But we get a prime programme of British and European exponents instead. Especially looking forward to hearing Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde on Saturday, sampling the talked about Manchester big band Beats and Pieces, and seeing Ian Ballamy with Food. Also on offer are Trio Libero, Zoe Rahman, and Tord Gustavsen, all of whom have been heard in these parts recently, as posts here describe, but are very  much worth hearing again. I’m reviewing for Jazzwise, as seems to be customary, so will have to try and catch them all, as well as Stan Tracey, everyone’s favourite octogenarian piano institution. Can’t wait! And it will help blot out the jubilee…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2012 5:00 pm

    Are you sure Kit Downes is playing on the 29th? According to the Coritap website it’s Ivo Neames.
    Kit Downes’s Troyka are due to play there on June 24th.
    Speaking of seeing/hearing, there can’t be many venues where you could shake hands with the band (if you/they so desire) while they’re playing, although only if you stand at the front of course…

  2. May 28, 2012 5:13 pm

    OK, well band’s press release only mentions Kit… Apparently they’ve been playing together since they were kids. So we’ll see who shows up. Neame would be good to hear, too 🙂

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