I’ve just returned from a weekend in London, at the AWL’s Ideas For Freedom event. An excellent couple of days of vigorous debate and informed discussion. It meant, of course, that I wasn’t at the so-called ‘People’s Assembly’ but I’ll do my best to obtain a report on that in the very near future. In fact, anyone who was at it is welcome to send in a comment.
Talking of comments, old blogging (and drinking) chums Dave Osler and Ms Stroppy were both at IFF and we managed to have a bit of a chat. Dave complained that he’s tried to comment here on several occasions recently and has been unable to, due to being asked for a username and password. I understand that other would-be commenters have experienced the same problem. Rosie has promised to try to rectify this and various other technical glitches over the summer, but in the meanwhile there is a way round the problem, but I can only share it at the moment with people I know personally and trust.
Dave, of course, is a fellow jazz lover, though his tastes tend to be a bit more advanced than mine. I hope both he and Stroppy enjoy this 1939 Lionel Hampton recording, featuring the saxes of Leon ‘Chu’ Berry, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Benny Carter plus Charlie Christian on guitar, and (just about audible right at the end) a promising 21-year-old trumpeter called Dizzy Gillespie: