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Nice Jazz Festival, July 1977.

Some photographs from my second visit to the Nice Jazz Festival (“Grande Parade du Jazz”) at in the Roman ruins at Cimiez, Nice. (Here are my pictures from the previous year, 1976.)

Joe Newman and Clark Terry

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Joe Newman

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Clark Terry

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Dizzy Gillespie

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Alan Dawson, Jon Faddis and Dick Hyman

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Zoot Simms

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George Duvivier and Arnett Cobb

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Earl “Fatha” Hines and Eddie Graham

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Dave Brubeck

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John Scofield. Town & Country Club, Camden Jazz Festival, March (?) 1990.

This was the first time I had seen John Scofield play, in a band featuring Joe Lovano on tenor (the first time I saw him, too), though I don’t appear to have any pictures of him. I think the drummer – seen behind Scofield in a couple of shots – is a young Bill Stweart. This gig was part of Scofield’s tour promoting the very fine “Time on my Hands”. It was a great gig!

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Leah Gough-Cooper / Hanna Paulsberg Quartet and Julian Arguelles Quartet. Edinburgh Jazz Festival, July 2014.

I hadn’t seen Julian Arguelles play for several years, and then I get to see him twice in a week…

First up though was Leah Gough-Cooper and Hanna Paulsberg Quartet. I saw Gough-Cooper play in last year’s festival with a sextet, and whilst I thought the playing was excellent, the compositions didn’t work for me – they seemed took busy, as if trying to fit in everything she could do.

The tunes she and Paulsberg brought to the party this year were of a different order – simpler, but with more depth; essentially more mature. With Gough-Cooper on alto and Paulsberg on tenor, they had gutsy voices, ably helped by Calum Gourlay on bass. They played a really enjoyable set.

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Arguelles set which followed was something else, though. A different league. Confident and assured, subtle and unshowy, the music was engrossing. They started off with several pieces from a suite and finished with a piece called “Iron Pyrites” apparently abstracted from a Stone Roses’ tune (with any of the Roses elements well and truly disposed of), and in between played a wealth of exciting music.

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Arguelles was helped by his band – Kit Downes on piano, Sam Lasserson on bass and James Maddren on drums. Downes is always a pleasure and Maddren, who regularly plays in Downes’ trio, was a revelation – he could let rip in the less intimate, amplified setting. Together, the quartet were an excellent unit.

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This was a wonderful gig, one of my favourites of the Festival, and I’m looking forward to seeing Arguelles again in Playtime’s Fringe programme on August 20!