As promised this blog includes a music review and I won’t go on too much about underfunding of social care and problems in the NHS.
A few numbers to start with. Did you know about 1 million people work for charities and 3 million people volunteer, 5 years ago staff numbers were lower and volunteer numbers higher. Most charities I meet talk about increased difficulty in recruiting volunteers. We have some excellent volunteers but it’s getting harder to find people willing to give up some of their precious time. If you or a friend are thinking of volunteering think Headway.
And with that appeal out of the way, I promise to stop moaning about social care funding and review a gig by the world’s greatest base guitar player so here goes. Marcus Miller played a mix of funk, jazz, soul, latin and, afrobeat that makes him and his band hard to categorise. Hardly surprising in a career that has seen him featured on albums by Miles Davies, Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Jay Z and Snoop Dog. He has been and still is the world’s most in demand base player and when you hear him play live you know why. So most readers may not know him but I bet you have all heard him if you have listened to music in the last 30 years.
An appreciative audience at Birmingham Town Hall enjoyed a great performance by his 7 piece band that concentrated on material from his new album ‘Afrodeezia’. He is one of the few jazz musicians who keep the music accessible whilst still satisfying some more ‘hard core’ jazz fans who love improvisation. The standout moment for me was a version the old Temptations song ‘Papa was a Rolling Stone’ with the bass and brass section playing the vocal lines. Miler is an outrageously funky bass player and you cannot sit still when he plays. Great concert.