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London Jazz Festival

Friday 10 November 2006 22:30-1:00 (Radio 3)

Jez Nelson presents a specially extended edition of the show live from Pizza Express Jazz Club on the opening night of the London Jazz Festival. With Randy Weston, Mike Westbrook's Village Band and Martin Speake's quartet; plus UK improv legend Evan Parker teams up with veteran US bassist Henry Grimes, and there's music from Wayne Shorter's Barbican concert held earlier that evening.


2 hours 30 minutes


Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producers: Joby Waldman, Russell Finch & Robert Abel
Assistant Producer: Peggy Sutton

This programme was broadcast live from the Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, on the opening night of the London Jazz Festival

Jazz On 3 Signature Tune performed live by the Martin Speake Quartet

Track Title Seventy Four Miles Away
Composer Joe Zawinul


Martin Speake - alto sax
Nikki Iles - piano
Steve Watts - bass
Jeff Williams - drums

Live performance by the Martin Speake Quartet

The Healing Power of Intimacy
Change Of Heart
Barefaced Thieves

All tunes by Martin Speake

The Martin Speake Quartet are currently touring the UK - for more details go to www.martinspeake.co.uk

Christine Tobin reports on Andy Sheppard's Dalston Saxophone Massive, who performed earlier this evening in the newly opened Gillett Square, London

CD track:

Artist Dave Holland Quintet - Dave Holland (double-bass), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Chris Potter (tenor & soprano saxophones), Steve Nelson (vibraphone, marimba & tambourine) & Nate Smith (drums)
Track Title Lucky Seven
Composer Dave Holland
Album Title Critical Mass
Label Dare2 Records

Jez interviews Randy Weston

Live performance by Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio

Randy Weston - piano
Alex Blake - bass
Neil Clarke - percussion


Blue Moses
Berkshire Blues
Little Niles

All tunes by Randy Weston

Jez talks Anne Hilde-Neset, deputy editor of The Wire, about some of the gigs coming up in the London Jazz festival

Extract from Supersilent concert - recorded at the 2000 London Jazz Festival

Jarle Vespestad - drums
Arve Henriksen - trumpet, electronics
Stale Storlkken - keyboards
Helge Sten - electronics, keyboards

Track Title 4.3
Composer Supersilent

Supersilent will perform on 15th November at Cargo - see www.serious.org.uk for more details

Extract from Ilmiliekki concert - recorded at the 2005 Bath Jazz Weekend

Verneri Pohjola - trumpet & melodica
Tuomo Prattala - piano
Antti Lotjonen - bass
Olavi Louhivuori - drums

Track Title Anchor Song
Composer Bjork

Live performance by Mike Westbrook's Village Band


Mike Brewer - trumpet
Kate Westbrook - tenor horn/vocals
Sam Smith - trombone
Mike Westbrook - euphonium
Stan Willis - alto saxophone
Gary Bayley - tenor saxophone


Waxeywork Show:
I Gizzards All Gory
II Juxtapositions
III Scattered and Cold
IV Propositions
V A Miasma off Ghosts

By Mike Westbrook, lyrics by Kate Westbrook

Mike Westbrook's Village Band will perform several times over the coming weekend:
Saturday 11th - 4.00pm Ray's Jazz At Foyles, Charing Cross Road
Sunday 12th - 1.00pm 'Spice Of Life' Soho?
Sunday 13th - 8.30pm ?The Bulls Head, Barnes

Jez interviews pianist Gwilym Simcock

Live performance by Gwilym Simcock

Track Title Spring Step
Composer Gwilym Simcock

Live performance by Wayne Shorter Quartet recorded at The Barbican earlier this evening


Wayne Shorter - saxophone
Danilo Perez - piano
John Patitucci - bass
Brian Blade - drums

Live performance by Evan Parker (saxophone), Henry Grimes (bass), Chad Taylor (drums) and Roy Campbell (trumpet)

Improvised set

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