Jazz in the Round at the 2013 London Jazz Festival
Jez Nelson with highlights from a special 2013 London Jazz Festival edition of the monthly Jazz in the Round event. With the Kenny Wheeler Quintet, Pigfoot and Carleen Anderson.
Highlights from a special London Jazz Festival edition of Jez Nelson's barrier-busting, monthly Jazz In The Round event.
Joining Jez at the Southbank Centre's Clore Ballroom are trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and his quintet. Now in his 84th year, Kenny is renowned not only for his instantly recognizable lyrical playing style, but also for his wide-ranging compositions across mainstream jazz, free improvisation and rock. This all-star quintet features John Taylor on piano, Stan Sulzmann on saxophone, Chris Laurence on bass and Martin France on drums.
Also on the billing is vocalist Carleen Anderson, goddaughter of the godfather of soul: James Brown. Best known for fronting acid-jazz bands The Young Disciples and Brand New Heavies, she has also made her mark with several distinctive solo projects; her song 'Mama Said' will have resonance for many.
Joining them to lend the afternoon their unique '21st century acid trad' flavour are new grouping Pigfoot. They mine their material from the deep roots of New Orleans jazz, blues and spirituals, transformed by the quick wit, imagination and diverse references of British trumpeter and bandleader Chris Batchelor, pianist Liam Noble, tuba player Oren Marshall and drummer Paul Clarvis.
Chris Batchelor in conversation
Pigfoot recorded at The Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre, London on 23 November 2013
Carleen Anderson recorded at The Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre, London on 23 November 2013
Kenny Wheeler Quintet recorded at The Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre, London on 23 November 2013
Claudia Quintet recorded at The Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre, London on 23 November 2013