I was interested to see what Donal made of it, as it was his first real experience of live jazz. I thought that his description was very good! He said that jazz seemed to be like Guinness – you either love it, or you hate it; when you first taste it, it isn’t like anything you have tasted before, but after a while you can acquire a taste for it, and even start to enjoy it! It was perhaps a little bit more progressive/modern than the jazz I am used to listening to, but it wasn’t so way out that we didn’t enjoy it – we did very much.
The audience for jazz in Moate seems to be very small – only about 30 people turned up – but it didn’t seem to make any difference to Elio and the other musicians! Its a joy to watch people who truly love what they do for a living, and this small group really looked like they were enjoying themselves. They are extremely talented musicians -I particularly appreciated Elio’s piano playing, and the alto saxophonist/flutist Jane Bunnett.
I think that my favourite piece was one that was composed for a Cuban documentary called “Mirror Dance“.