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Musings of a Jazz geek

Jazz on 3: Freedom of the City 2007

Posted June 29, 2007

You can get a chance to see how wrong my descriptions of Freedom of the City were (original post), by listening to BBC Radio 3’s Jazz on 3 programme, tonight… If you don’t have access to a UK-based radio set (!), you can listen live online (BBC Radio player; direct links: real stream, Windows Media stream high/low quality), or, Listen Again for all of the following week… Transmission is at 2330, British Summer Time (2230 GMT).

From the programme newsletter:

Tonight – 29th June 2007 – at 11.30pm on BBC Radio 3

A programme of highlights tonight from London’s premier festival of free jazz and improv. Recorded over the weekend of the 6th-8th May of this year in London’s Red Rose, Freedom Of The City this year offered a diverse range of ensembles (you can have a look at the line-up at: ) and we’re bringing you highlights of almost all the performances.

From the massed ranks of the London and Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras (separately and en masse) to the pin-drop solo guitar set from Pascal Marzan and the incessant scrapings of Barrel (get it?). We’ll also hear from key AMM figure Eddie Prévost’s latest group, 9!

Postscript: (1/7/07) That was actually quite interesting, since the London Improvisor’s Orchestra sounded a lot better on radio than it did when I saw them live at the festival itself… Sort of compactified and easier to grasp, but also clearer and better separated than I remember (if that’s not a contradiction!). Maybe I was just overwhelmed!

State of Off Minor

Posted June 27, 2007

So: a small fiddle with the site layout, and a bit of tweaking here and there… Hopefully a bit easier to read, particularly for those on small monitors.

Apologies for the lack of worthwhile postage recently; juggling a PhD and a blog that no one reads can get tricky…

FYI: Bohman Brothers Present… March/April 2007

Posted March 19, 2007

I noticed that a few people have been accessing this site, from Google searches for The Bohman Brothers and their improv nights at Battersea Arts Centre? These things don’t always seem to be massively well advertised (at least, if you don’t live in London), so I’m passing on this flyer I picked up at the last one… You must go!! (Click for bigger) (Note this is completely informal and I have no connection to this event.)

Bohman Brothers Present… March-April 2007