Gateshead Jazz Festival Report

1 04 2010

Stu Brown Sextet Performing at the Gateshead Festival

Over the weekend of March 25-27 I participated in “The Raymond Scott Event” at  the Gateshead International Jazz Festival at the Sage Gateshead Center in Gateshead, England (it’s just across the river from Newcastle).  It was a wonderful couple of days.  The event featured excerpts from the film, a scintallating performance by the Stu Brown Sextet(  and a panel discussion with Stu and me that was moderated by Alyn Shipton, noted English jazz author and critic who writes for The Times ( 

We had a really good turnout, and one highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of abstract animations to Twighlight in Turkey created the day before in an animation workshop that Stu and his colleague Allan McKeown ( ran.  Several people approached me after the event wanting to know more about the film.  It was a very satisfying weekend, though a much quicker trip than I would have preferred, but I am going back to England for the Sensoria Festival in late April…

The Wire Interview!

22 03 2010

There’s a pretty extensive interview with me in the April issue of The Wire–the UK”s cutting edge music magazine with world wide readership.  It covers a lot about Raymond Scott and the film, and I get a chance to sound off on a number of film and Raymond Scott related topics.  And there are some pictures too!  I believe they’re publishing a review of the film next month.  Stay tuned! 

And if you’re in England, especially in the North (or in Scotland for that matter), a reminder that this weekend on March 28 there’s that event at the Sage Gateshead Jazz Festival in Gateshead, co-produced with the Northern Lights Film Festival.  I’ll be there along with Stu Brown of The Raymond Scott Project.  I’ll be showing excerpts of the film, Stu’s group will play, and there will be a presentation of original animation created in a workshop the day before by a group of youngsters  and presented with Stu’s group playing live.  And also there will be a panel discussion with Stu, Alyn Shipton of the Times and me.  Whew….it will be a full program, and I’m really excited about it.  For more details click on this link .  Hope to see you there!

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