The Dedication Orchestra is reforming for a London Jazz Festival concert on November 15th, where it will play arrangements of music by the great South African musicians who came to Britain in the 1960s. Led by Louis Moholo the band also features a host of star performers, including Evan Parker, Henry Lowther and Jason Yarde.
The Grand Union Orchestra returns for what has now become its annual show at the Hackney Empire. Undream'd Shores, being performed on November 1st and 2nd is a more ambitious production than ever, with big band, youth band, choir and musicians from around the world combined in a heady mix.
The Westbrook Trio is apperaing twice in the London area: at Riverhouse, Walton on Thames, and Veeto'rooney.
Two other events are Happenstance at The Arch and Inner Space Music at the Oxford. More about all these in the Diary.
Looking much further ahead, in 2015 Chris will be joining old friend Didier Levallet's new ten-piece band playing the compositions of Chris McGregor. Didier and Chris were both members of The Brotherhood of Breath, and the band should be making some French Festival appearances in 2015.
Part one of last year's LondonJazz's interview
with Chris Biscoe can be heard here:
See Chris's Diary for more details