an image to enlarge. (Top & right hand side)
London is without question one of the most cosmopolitan cities
in the world. We are truly blessed to have so much diversity on
our doorstep. I did however become weary and somewhat stressed during
my travels throughout this, health & safety conscious, money
hungry city. It soon became apparent that know matter how much I
meditated and planned, I could not avoid the frustration of the
next broken down train, traffic jam, or single lane traffic diversion.
Each journey turned into a continuing chase for the next jazz musician
sound-check, or live performance. Was it all worth it? I will let
you be the judge.
Ironically, my favourite photograph taken during this Festival
is not of a well-known musician, but of a young unknown musician
who performed at the Front Room, South Bank Centre (top right image).
This young lady’s face is simply magical and was a welcome
tonic to this weary travellers’ woes. The London Jazz Festival
Journey was worth it, if only to see her face alone. Perhaps she
will be the face I will be chasing in the future?
The 2006 London Jazz Festival boasted one hundred & fifty performances,
held at thirty different venues. Congratulations to producers Serious,
associated promoters and staff for managing an extremely busy and
successful Festival. Hopefully next year most of the performances
will be under one roof. If not, I will have to hire a jetpack to
assist in my travels.
© Michael Valentine Studio Ltd.