There is a lot to be said for the crazy, exciting changes we are experiencing concerning jazz in the UK. I remember a time, not too long ago, when as a DJ playing in clubs and festivals it was near impossible to play a straight-up jazz dance record without emptying the dance floor. A time when the thought of playing a record of that style, one that had only just been released, seemed like something only possible in my wildest dreams. Now it’s reality. We are at a hugely exciting point where it is accepted to play jazz, Afrobeat, Latin, and people, young people even, are open and receptive to it. I cannot tell all of you how long I have wished and waited for us to be at this point, and now we are here it is really, really amazing.
For the past twelve years, I have had the pleasure of living in Glasgow, a city with a rich and diverse music scene. Whether you’re into traditional Scottish music, jazz, indie, techno or disco, there is always something for everyone. Before coronavirus, every weekend sported an array of clubs booking both local and international talent. Sometimes, there was so much choice that club-hopping was a necessity — I’d go to three clubs in one night because Moodyman was playing at one venue, Jeff Parker another and DJ Harvey elsewhere. It really is a hugely exciting city musically; it seems to constantly change and evolve.