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Photographer Captures Thoughts and Images

Photographer Maria Alzamora has a project capturing images of jazz musicians and their thoughts about what music means for them. Here’s my succinct contribution together with one of my favourite images by Maria.

“I make a distinction between studying music (where I attempt to understand how the music works and how I can improve my performance through practice and rehearsal) and performing music. The former demands analysis and constructive self-criticism and the latter demands suspending self criticism so that you can listen more attentively to your fellow players -and respond intuitively in the moment (especially true whilst improvising). When things

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Ronnie Scott’s Bar in July

Louise is back again at Ronnie Scott’s upstairs as Renato D’Aiello’s special guest on 13 July. Saxophonist Renato and his band have a regular Monday night fixture at Ronnie’s featuring a top UK/European singer.

For this date, as well as singing some of her own and Renato’s original songs, Louise will honour the first anniversary of Horace Silver’s passing with his: Song for My Father, Tokyo Blues, Pretty Eyes, Peace, amongst a few others. In true jazz fashion we won’t know what song’s coming next or who might be sitting in. But you can be sure that you’ll hear …

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One to One Radio Interview with Martin Kelner

Later….Enjoyed my interview with Martin Kelner of BBC Radio Leeds on life, music and origins. Even got to play Envy from Seven Deadly Sings – and get a chuckle for the lyrics. Not the network’s usual afternoon fare. Thanks again for the invitation.

Music played: Marvin Gaye’s Heard it Through the Grapevine, Claude Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau, Amy Winehouse’s Moody’s Mood for Love, Stevie Wonder’s Visions, and Envy from Seven Deadly Sings.

 

Earlier……With a curious mix of excitement and trepidation I’m being interviewed on Thursday 28 May, 2-3pm by Martin Kelner on his One to One programme on BBC …

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April in Paris

Duo with celebrated US pianist, Kirk Lightsey

April in Paris brought about a renewed partnership with Kirk Lightsey. What a pleasure to get back playing together again! To revisit the songs of our 2008 album Everybody’s Song But Our Own and then explore some favourite tunes. I thought I’d gone off standards until I felt that unmistakable Detroit swing.

A very sprightly and mischievous 78 years young, Kirk has played and recorded with Chet Baker, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Clifford Jordan, Yusef Lateef, Rufus Reid, Pharaoh Saunders amongst others. He’s still going strong! His week at the Village Vanguard was …

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LG jazz vocal workshop – 16 May

If you’re looking for a freer jazz approach to your singing and performing then this one-day workshop on Saturday 16 May, 11.00-17.00 is for you. You’ll learn new tunes, explore your “jazz sound”, discover the basic protocols of jazz including how to improvise, learn to direct a band, and perform with greater confidence.

The jazz vocal workshop takes place in Louise’s home studio in Headingley, Leeds, and welcomes singers from all genres (including pop, soul, gospel, classical, folk). Try out some new repertoire. Or bring your own material.

You’ll be accompanied by a live trio – working with some of …

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LGQ (Louise Gibbs Quartet) at HEART

LGQ – Louise Gibbs (vocals), Sam Leak (piano), Simon Read (double bass), Sam Gardner (drums) will be at HEART in Headingley, Leeds on Saturday night 16 May to deliver two engaging sets of music for you.

This will be the first time that LGQ has performed at HEART, and we’ll be offering a preview of material from our latest Missing project, new arrangements of some songs by poet, Peter Spafford, ‘Sins’ from Louise’s Seven Deadly Sings song suite (especially arranged for LGQ), along with some of our favourite jazz standards (Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Arlen & Mercer).

The performance space …

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