Oslo Jazz Festival
Not long back from Oslo Jazz Festival! What an incredible experience - not only was it lovely to play to some lovely audiences (encores at both gigs!) but myself, David and Stephen saw some great bands as well. Fred Hersch, Jon Christensen and Seamus Blake were some of the more famous names that were great to see, but we also saw and hung out with, among others: Juno, Britta Virves Trio, Bangkok Lingo, General Post Office and Hvalfugl. All of them so great, and so different! An inspiring meeting with Fred Hersch where we got to have a drink and talk about music was a highlight of the trip - he's an incredible musician.
Looking forward, the next thing in the diary is Matt Carmichael's Quartet Tour, visiting four different places. Looking forward to going on the road with these guys, Matt's music is super fun to play and the energy is always great. Then after that it's the Islay Jazz Festival - I'm looking forward to playing a trio set there, but also will be great to play with Graham Costello's Strata and the Stephen Henderson band. For the first time, I'm also playing in duo with Tommy Smith, which is very exciting! You can find out more here - http://www.islayjazzfestival.co.uk/programme.html.
In October/November, I'll be heading out for some more trio dates across Scotland, as well as going to Berlin and Salzburg with Werkha for the first time. Hopefully see some of you out on the road in the coming months!