Whoohoo!! It’s that time of the year that I get way too excited when it comes to music. Forget Glastonbury, or the other festivals: this is open season for pure musical genius. Many may argue over that claim, and you have every right to. As long as you don’t define ‘Jazz’ as elevator music, you and I will get on just fine!!
So many gigs packed into 9 days.. so much choice…. I’m drooling like Homer Simpson, here!! It’s just a damn shame that you can’t be at every venue, so you have to choose the shows that you believe might be requested, from a pictorial perspective.
It was either a choice of either shooting the Charlie Haden gig or the ‘We all Love Ella‘ tribute at the Royal Festival Hall. (For all you non-Jazz Heads, that’s Ms Ella Fitzgerald, first lady of Jazz, bar none!!) I decided on the latter because for starters, you get to see about 7 acts in one show, and I just love Ms. Fitzgerald’s stuff. Before the show started, I got chatting with legendary Jazz photographer, David Redferns. I always look toward to his witty anecdotes and stuff.
Although it was initially stated to photographers that we could only take pictures of the first 2 songs, it was agreed that we could shoot all the acts within the first half of the show from the side of the auditorium, which I believe was fair. I have to thank the guys at Serious, the Stage management team and Air Management for sorting this out. If it were some other acts or festivals, there arrogance would have shone through and I doubt photographers would have got any shots.
But, enough of that. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m not one to review, I just take pictures. But God, was it a great start to the Jazz Festival!!
David McAlmont (“No, it wasn’t Ola Onabule as I originally thought!!”)