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It has been said, but it is necessary to repeat…The
2007 London Jazz Festival was a resounding success. If I say
so it must be true!
All musicians, organisers and promoters (Serious
& co) deserve a pat on their backs for producing an exciting
and varied programme that highlighted the many flavours of the wonderful
world known as JAZZ, world music and fusion.
Jazz Festival patrons had so much to choose from
this year, so much to smile about and, so much to dance to. Even
the hardest faced health and safety officer could not stop eager
patrons from dancing in the aisles during the Jazz Jamaica gig.
Frantic attempts to keep people confined to their seats were just
ignored. The message was clear. Patrons wanted to get up, dance
and enjoy themselves.
Too many high points to mention here without requesting
an increase in web space, but I will never forget, the Latin Funk
Fever caused by Five Funky Fellas at the Ballroom of the Royal Festival
Hall, the delicate, yet playful touch of the Jeff Neeve Trio at
the Pizza Express Jazz Club and the sweet soothing vocals of Lizz
Wright at the We Love Ella Tribute. It was also more than a pleasure
to meet the delightfully unpredictable Melody Gardot, and to exchange
loving words with the ever-reliable Juliet Roberts during the quieter
moments of her very busy schedule.
Without doubt the pièce de résistance
had to be my ten-second duet (Stevie Wonder’s Golden Lady)
with Raul Midón at the Southbank. Unfortunately the only
people present to hear my honeyed vocals where the mixing engineers,
one other photographer and Raul Midón. They do say the Lord
works in mysterious ways!
Michael Mwenso, Winston Clifford and Sax Mafia & Ayanna Witter-Johnson
© Michael Valentine Studio Ltd.