Jazz at Wigmore

3rd June 2011 | Concerts, Inspirations, Musings | 0 comments

A lovely evening at Wigmore Hall last night listening to jazz from pianist Gwilym Simcock and ‘reeds’ player Klaus Gesing. What a well-matched duo they are, both superb musicians and excellent instrumentalists as well. Their ensemble playing was a lesson in how to be perfectly together yet make it look completely cool and natural, even in the weirdest of time-signatures.

It always amazes me how different types of music attract different audiences to the Wigmore. Last night I didn’t recognise anyone in the audience; it was clearly a jazz crowd. As they listened they were utterly silent, and the concentration of their listening was almost as enjoyable as the playing itself. Not all jazz venues are tremendous acoustically, so it was a real pleasure to hear two such good jazz musicians in such perfect acoustics. Did I mention that they were handsome too?

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