Edinburgh’s Playtime jazz collective continues its international live-streaming series on Friday February 11 when trumpeter Laura Jurd joins a session taking broadcasting from five different locations.
Prevented from streaming from their temporary home in Pathhead Village Hall due to Covid-19 restrictions, the core Playtime quartet of saxophonist Martin Kershaw, guitarist Graeme Stephen, bassist Mario Caribe and drummer Tom Bancroft have reverted to streaming from their own homes – with special guests from as far away as New York and Boston as well as closer to home.
Already the new series, which has moved to a new Friday night slot, has featured the quartet being joined from New York by pianist David Berkman and from Massachusetts by Boston-based Dutch saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra. Laura Jurd will be followed by vibraphonist Corey Mwamba and saxophonists Iain Ballamy and Raymond MacDonald.
“We’re determined to keep the music flowing and to keep bringing in new ideas,” says Bancroft. “We were able to promote a Playtime Presents series in the run up to Christmas, where we gave other bands and musicians the night to themselves. But we wanted to try something different again to keep giving our audience – and us! – new experiences and collaborating with musicians who are hundreds – in some cases thousands – of miles away is certainly a different experience.”
The six musicians in the latest series all have links with Scotland, David Berkman having worked quite extensively with players including Bancroft over the past twenty years and continuing an occasional concert and recording partnership with saxophonist Laura Macdonald when time and travel restrictions allow.
“Jorrit has played with my orchestra in Edinburgh and Iain, who’s half-Scottish, is a friend from back in the Wavendon Summer School days of the early 1980s,” says Bancroft. “Laura Jurd has worked very successfully with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and with Fergus McCreadie’s trio. Raymond is Scottish, of course, and Corey has worked a lot with Raymond through the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. We didn’t just choose them because we knew them, though. We chose them because they’re all great players and we thought they might be amenable to trying the journey into the unknown, for us, that is long-distance streaming.”
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