Charlie Watts, Breach at the 2011 Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Gil Scott Heron Tribute
Julian Joseph interviews The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts about his passion for jazz in advance of performing some lo-key performances at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean Street with the ABCand D of Boogie Woogie project. Plus concert music from jazz trio Breach and vocalist Ian Shaw recorded at the launch of this year's Glasgow International Jazz Festival. The music was recorded at BBC Scotland's headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow on Friday 13th May. Breach is the latest project led by organist Paul Harrison featuring Graeme Stephen on guitar and Chris Wallace on drums. Their highly inventive brand of melodic music mixes elements of Eastern folk traditions with the spirit of free jazz and progressive rock creating a melting pot of sounds. Pianist and vocalist Ian Shaw's set is full of humour, panache and vocal gymnastics proving he is still one of the most vital performing artists in the landscape of the UK jazz scene. Shaw's collaborators over the past few years have included Quincy Jones, Abudullah Ibrahim, Guy Barker, Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Iain Ballamy, Mornington Lockett, Barb Jungr, Cleo Laine, John Dankworth, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano and Claire Martin. This year's Glasgow International Jazz Festival runs from 29th June until the 3rd of July. Also on the show, broadcaster and journalist Kevin Le Gendre pays tribute to the late Gil Scott Heron, profiling music from his 1981 album 'Reflections', in this month's 'Now Is The Time' feature.