Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Mostly Jazz Festival...they know their (green) onions...
2010’s debut Mostly Jazz Festival was one of my musical highlights of the year with frankly awesome performances from the Sun Ra Arkestra, Quantic’s Combo Barbaro and Cymande. If anything this year’s line up is even stronger with sets from the lovely Alice Russell, The Cinematic Orchestra, the Matthew Herbert Big Band and...wait for it...Booker T. YES. BOOKER freakin T! The guy’s a legend, having set up the in house band at Stax records and worked with everyone from Otis Reading and Ray Charles to Neil Young and Rancid. Now that’s a CV right? Of course he’s also responsible for the mod anthem Green Onions, which is pretty much the definitive Hammond track and he’s just released a brand new album (The Road From Memphis), widely touted as a bit of a cracker. Anyway, if you have even a passing interest in soul, funk, jazz...hell...music in general ...Mostly Jazz is pretty unmissable. Set in the lovely surroundings of Moseley Park it’s got the kind of snug, chilled out vibe that you simply don’t find anywhere else.
Tickets are still available for the whole weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) for a bargainmungous £77 (you can buy day tickets too but why not make a weekend of it eh?)