Sid Smith – Gezmataz report Part 1

Arriving In Genoa

Leaving the hotel…

I met up with Lee Haynes who handles PR for Rarenoise Records who were sponsoring a night at the Genoa Jazz Festival. I’d been asked if I’d like to review the event for a couple of publications. Obviously it took me about a nanosecond to say yes.

Into Stansted…

Onto a full flight…

Arriving in Genoa…

Lee and I cabbed it from the tiny airport to our hotel on the harbour in 15 minutes. After settling in we went for a walkabout…

The view of the rehearsal rooms…

 

The view from the rehearsal rooms…

The view inside the rehearsal rooms…

 Fabrizio Puglisi, Lorenzo Fornasari
Eivind Aarset,
Gianluca Petrella, Lorenzo Feliciati, Cristiano Calcagnile
 Rare Noise Record’s eminence grise, Giacomo Bruzzo
Later in the evening we ate in a restaurant next to the harbour and next to the venue where the Steve Swallow quintet (including Carla Bley) were playing. Unfortunately for us a dance venue on the otherside decided to get some um-cha um-cha beats going which, when the breeze changed direction, intruded on the rather splendid Swallow set.  You wouldn’t think something that looked so nice could be so pernicious…

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