BBC 6 Radio had a week of live shows at the Maida Vale studios last week. Among those who performed at the historic site was the Portico Quartet who impressed the live audience and the world over with selections from their latest self-titled album which released at the start of this year on Gilles Peterson Worldwide. The whole three hour show is a banger, as usual for GP, but you should definitely listen to Portico's set before it vanishes this coming Saturday.
James William Hession III
As an independent A&R scout in NYC, as well as a senior at New School, most of my day is spent clicking away searching for the next big pop hits, songwriters, and artists. It’s the best job in the world! (Though I secretly wish half of these acts actually knew their major scales) Along the way I’ve come across tons of great talent, some that I think you folks in the jazz world may even dig. Most of these artists featured below wont be your bebop playing, improv prodigy types, but simply put, I think these are artists with a high level of musicianship that any jazz audience or musician can respect and enjoy.
I've had a lot on my mind this week, so I was wondering if I had it in me to put together a good show. However, in times of distractions, I do what comes naturally and let the music do the work for me. Fortunately, I've been listening to some pretty great stuff lately, much of it new.
The Line-Up for 5 October 2012
I try to liken myself to jazz musicians. It should hopefully be apparent by now that I have a great admiration for them and their abilities. I'm constantly astounded when people praise the work that I do, which I at times refer to as conflated groupie-ism. I tailor my rapid wit to follow the same rhythm as the musicians I revere. Jazz is as much a lifestyle as it is a genre, and that lifestyle is something I've always aspired to exude in my written work. When I lump criticism and music together in a discussion of the arts, I do so because I think what I do to be a kindred spirit to the music I love, for as a writer, I like to think myself as kin to jazz musicians.