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Thursday, April 30, 2020

International Jazz Day - a virtual triumph

With such an array of talent from 190 countries I found it impossible to do more than offer an overview of this magnificent event or to note all of the names - some of which I couldn't even spell - such is the internationalism of this event!

But this wasn't about individuals it was about the global jazz community and the annual celebration of the music we all love. That the general media seems to have ignored it just brings us closer together and, to be fair, they have a lot of other issues to keep them occupied with!

The roll call was impressive: John Beasley playing Scrapple From the Apple - virtually - with tenor and keys from across the world. Lizz Wright and Kenny Banks Sr.. A clip from Aretha back in 2016. John McLaughlin playing Little Miss Valley. Some amazing bass guitar from Marcus Miller. Dianne Reeves in Istanbul. Cécile singing Leftover. Jane Monheit singing Over the Rainbow - I love Jane - and Charlie Puth's reflective version of Polka Dots and Moonbeams in his bedroom.

We had Esperanza and Stevie Wonder doing Midnight Sun, Lee Ritenour and Joey DeFrancesco in a retro shot with a Russian big band - the pianist reminded me of Dave Kerridge. 

It was great - not just the music - but the feeling of solidarity in the jazz community in these dreadful times. I was out clapping with my neighbours but we should have been able to go back in and watch it on BBC or ITV.
Gregory Porter, John Scofield and Dee Dee Bridgewater just a few more of the big hitters past and present to make this such a memorable, and emotional, event.

I'm a sentimental old fool but, as I listened to the music and to the words that so many people spoke, I was so touched as to how this dreadful pandemic has brought us all so, hypothetically speaking, much closer together  than 2 metres apart - not even two  continents apart.

Also, being a global event, it brought home to me how sad it was that we weren't having our own Global event. 
Lance
PS: And, oh yes, Herbie Hancock, we, and by we, I mean the whole jazz world, loves you madly.
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