My super jazz friend Heidi (from the Netherlands) recently sent me this very flattering email about the upcoming Breda Jazz Festival:
I just found out about the line-up for this year’s Breda Jazz Festival. What can I say, the organisers from that festvial do read your blog for sure! So who’s coming? The Swingberries and Hoppin’ Mad with lovely musicians like Aurélie Tropez, Jerome Etcheberry, Katie Cavera, Evan Arntzen, Simon Stribling, Clint Baker and more.
Now, I am not writing this post to flatter myself as an influential shaper of worldwide jazz events. I hope the Breda people have been able to learn of many gifted musicians through JAZZ LIVES, but the names above hardly needed my assistance! What follows is unsubtle in the extreme, but extremism in the pursuit of hot jazz is not always a vice, according to someone.
Would someone invite me to Breda in future?
I’d love to be there, and my mother’s family was Dutch. Does that count? Anyway, the forty-two minute video of highlights from the 2012 Festival shows that they might not need another person with a video camera: they are doing a superb job without me, unthinkable as that might seem. (The above written with metaphorical tongue firmly in theoretical cheek, a hard pose to sustain for long.) But in addition to Heidi’s brief sketch of the artists who are going to play, I see a Dan Barrett Jay and Kai tribute . . . what an imagined delight. And more.
May your happiness increase.