A massive double header at Ronnie Scotts tonight. In the main gig, the wonderful Kurt Elling and band. Kurt is a marvellous entertainer, raconteur and passionate speech maker on the current American political scene (it being only two days since the US presidential election). But that voice, that’s what we came for and you’ll no doubt already know about that. In Kurt’s band: bass, Clark Sommers; keys, Stu Mindeman; drums, Ulysses Owens; and last, but certainly not least, John McLean.
Up in the late gig, a new name to me, but one to watch out for again and one of a select bunch of musicians who bring the wondrous sounds of the harp into the jazz club, Brandee Younger. Brandee was leading her trio of Mats Sandahl, bass, and Marc Ayza, drum, in a tribute to the great Alice Coltrane and Dorothy Ashby.
A great night in this most hallowed of venues.