This year’s EFG London Jazz Festival has got off to a great start already! I performed a short solo set at the Jazz FM Stage yesterday morning (which you can still listen to online) and this afternoon (Saturday 11th at 5:00 pm) I will be joining Julian Joseph on Jazz Line-Up (BBC Radio 3) for a chat while he will be playing some live recordings of my band from last year’s festival.
I have five upcoming gigs at this year’s festival! Tomorrow (Sunday 12th) at 7:30 pm I will be joining Kath Haling for a gig at Omnibus in Clapham. We will be performing some songs that the two of us and Liam Dunachie have come up with together, so expect lots of chilled pop songs with some outrageous jazzy moments thrown in. Next up is the Tom Millar Quartet at the Green Note on Wednesday 15th at 8:30 pm – this is our first gig since Tom’s 20-date album launch tour earlier this Autumn, so we’re very well-rehearsed and ready to rock. Tom’s compositions are fantastic and not to be missed.
At this point I would normally do all in my power to plug my gig with my own band which is on Thursday 16th and is also part of the Hampstead Arts Festival, but it’s actually completely sold out! So if you haven’t checked out my band yet, I’m releasing videos of tracks from my latest album one by one, which you can find here. And we’re next performing in January 18th at the Bush Theatre. In the meantime, on Friday 17th I am doing two shows with Alice Zawadzki at Pizza Express. This will be a really special couple of gigs – we will be performing music that we are going to record for her new album the week after, and the shows have been included in the Evening Standard’s EFG London Jazz Festival: Five Highlights No Jazz Fan Should Miss (the shows are at 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm so take your pick).
And finally… I am especially looking forward to joining my long-time musical hero and all-time mother Viktoria Mullova for one piece that we will play as a duo (one that I wrote in fact) at St John’s Downshire Hill (also part of the Hampstead Arts Festival) on Saturday 18th!
I am extremely pleased to announce that I have been selected as the jazz musician for the BBC’s New Generation Artists programme for the next two years. During this period I will be making several recordings that will be broadcasted on Radio 3, with many exciting performing opportunities coming my way. Stay tuned for more info soon…
A big thank you to all of you who came and saw us play at one of our shows across the UK last month. Each and every performance was a huge success with big and welcoming crowds and the music just got better and better at each gig. Special thanks to Alex Hitchcock who joined us with some mind-blowing tenor sax for all the shows, filling in for Sam Rapley while he is recovering from two broken elbows. Alex is up to lots of exciting things himself in the meantime – check out his website for more info. In the meantime we wish Sam a speedy recovery…
The band is having a break this month while we all go off on our own separate adventures. I am playing with Nessi Gomes in Israel and Palestine during the next week before returning to Europe for some gigs with Alice Zawadzki and Zirobop. My band is meeting again at the Cowbridge Music Festival on Fri 22nd September, the Little Venice Music Festival in London on Fri 20th October and at the Hampstead Arts Festival & London Jazz Festival on Thur 16th November.