Quick Concert update:
This Saturday we get to hear the amazing Jack deJohnette – colourist and straight ahead master of the ‘traps’- probably the greatest drummer alive. Jack’s band is performing an update on the ‘Miles Davis‘ fusion classic ‘Jack Johnson‘. Next month Herbie Hancock is returning to Auckland (Tuesday 26th March) and his new ‘Imagine Project’ band will include talented Benin Guitarist Lionel Loueke. I was in touch with old friend Larry Koonse last week (gifted West Coast Jazz guitarist) and he told me that he will likely be here again in a few months with the Roger Fox Big Band. He may even return with Joe La Barbera like last time.
Lastly saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins is going to be playing in Wellington this winter (July). As grumpy as I am with Wellington for canceling the International Jazz Festival because of the World Cup I will attend. Swapping Jazz for rugby is a cardinal sin (or it bloody well should be).