I had a great time in a busy and varied London Jazz Festival this year: from packed, vibey rooms like the Green Note with Rick Simpson and The Con with Mike Chillingworth (review), to the expansive and luxurious Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Royal Academy of Music Big Band with Nikki Iles (review) and the Yazz Ahmed Family Hafla (review).

The festival also saw the official album launch of the Sam Eagles Quartet debut record, which was held at the Pizza Express Jazz Club (artwork from the gig by Alban Low here). The tour with this band continues with Torfaen Jazz tonight, followed by Leeds, Newcastle, London and Southampton next week. See the gigs page for more information.

The Con Cellar Bar was sold out on Friday last week for Liam Noble and Mike Chillingworth, however Mike’s band has another gig on Monday at the Oxford, so if you didn’t hear it in the jazz festival and you want to see what you’re missing, come down!

Finally, I have some 2015 dates for my own ensembles. The collaborative trio Element, with Rod Oughton and Flo Moore, is playing at the Bull’s Head in January. Also in January, Mosaic is playing at the Oxford. We’ll be playing again in April (EDIT: actually it’s moved to March…) at LUME. Again, details on the gigs page.