Trudy Kerr's album Contemplation, released a few months ago, is a fantastic compilation of her favourite tracks from an impressive catalogue of ten different recordings with a practical 'who's who' of British Jazz in her lineups including her husband Geoff Gascoyne, Seb de Krom, Tom Cawley, Dick Pearce, Jim Mullen, Martin Shaw, Derek Nash and Andy Panayi and more.

You wouldn't notice that these beautiful, fluid songs are in fact from a multitude of times and phases, as Trudy's wonderfully flexible, consistently warm sound hasn't changed a bit from album to album, and the songs fit wonderfully together.

Saxophonist Derek Nash has a new Acoustic Quartet CD on Jazzizit Records, "You’ve Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig?" In this interview with Alison Bentley, he talked about the background to this new album, and also about his work with Sax Appeal, Jools Holland and Paul McCartney, and tells the story of the recording of Jamie Cullum’s first album.

London Jazz News: Where does the title of your new album come from?

Derek Nash: There’s a list of notes that the saxophonist Steve Lacey transcribed of Thelonious Monk’s advice: it’s things like: ‘Make the drummer sound good.’ ‘Stop playing all those weird notes.’ Slap bang in the middle is this: ‘You’ve got to dig it to dig it, you dig?’ As soon as I read that I was inspired to write a piece of music, and I just used the rhythm of that phrase.

For her new album The House Trudy has collaborated with pianist Andrea Vicari. For the past few years they have been performing duo gigs around London, and on hearing Andrea’s original compositions Trudy was inspired to write lyrics to her beautiful tunes.

“I really wanted the challenge to sing and write something stylistically new, and Andrea’s songs were the perfect vehicle.  The lyrics are about people and places in my life and I hope my honesty will resonate with my audience.”

Joining them on the album are bassist Geoff Gascoyne and Martin Hathaway playing sax, flute and clarinet.

Following on from the British Jazz Award-winning Joyriding – which received the Best CD award in 2012 – this new CD from the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet is set to be another hit!

You’ve Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig? Is rather a long and unconventional title for a CD but it came from a fantastic list of advice courtesy of legendary jazz pianist, Thelonius Monk.  Saxophonist, Steve Lacy, transcribed the list in 1960.  In the middle of many wonderful lines of unexpected and idiosyncratic phrases, one stood out – You’ve Got to Dig It to Dig It, You Dig?  This inspired a melody to fit the phrase and led Derek to compose the title track.  These and other wise words guided the feel of the whole album.  Hope you dig it too!

Mark Jennett’s new album Everybody Says Don't has received fantastic reviews.

Produced by Geoff Gascoyne, the album features sophisticated reinterpretations of 20th century standards from writers as diverse as Cole Porter and Randy Newman.

Jazzwise called it “hugely enjoyable” and Jazz Rag described it as “refreshingly original – a standout performance”. Broadway.com says Mark “sounds like he’s living in the skin of each song”.

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Here is a rare chance to see Trudy Kerr perform her celebrated tribute to Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. The band will feature Dick Pearce on trumpet and Derek Nash on Baritone with Geoff Gascoyne on bass, Seb de Krom on drums and Tom Cawley on piano.

So put the date in your diary - Monday 29th September. To book tickets go to www.pizzaexpresslive.com

Three new releases by Jazzizit.  Mark Jennett's "Everybody Says Don't".  A new artist on the label is always exciting and we look forward to Mark's launch on the 16th September at St James Theatre in Victoria.

Secondly, after the success of the first Gascoyne/O'Higgins collaboration we are delighted to release the second album by these two greats in British Jazz.  "The Real Note Volume 2", sees more original contrafacts based on chord changes of classic standards.  The album will be launched at the Wigmore Hall on 25th July don't miss it.  

Thirdly, another brilliant release by Sax Appeal called "Funkerdeen".  The album has received fabulous reviews and a tour for 2015 is in the planning now.

Mark Jennett launches his new album Everybody Says Don't on 16th September at St James Studio, Victoria.

A regular on the London scene for the last few years, Mark has been working with renowned musician and producer Geoff Gascoyne on a set of sophisticated reinterpretations of 20th century standards from writers as diverse as Cole Porter and Randy Newman. Geoff says “Mark’s unaffected tone, warm sound and restrained emotion complement the arrangements beautifully.”

jamie-cullum

The three un-released tracks from 2001 from the session for Geoff Gascoyne's "Songs of the Summer" CD which features a fresh faced, un-signed Jamie Cullum have now been released worldwide. "I Won't Grow Up" a delightful song from Peter Pan is one of them, a big favourite of Geoff's.  These are only available to download so take a visit to itunes.

Geoff has been working hard in his home studio over the past year on several projects. The new Jazzizit Release by Mark Jennett, "Everybody says Don't", is his latest offering, but to check out more of his producing work take a listen to  "Possibilities" a CD by young Australian Josh Kyle that fuses jazz, RnB, and electronic dance music.  There is also the joint project with wife Trudy Kerr called "The Rhythm of Life",  an album of exciting new songs as well as some lesser known gems.