By doing this, I joined a ‘network’ of other grassroots platforms already doing this kind of promotion, to support young talent. All the noise together also helped create a momentum for this generation to shine.
At the moment I actively manage a whole #JazzNewBlood social network including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube and a website – www.jazznewblood.org to feature all content. Plus I curate and organise an annual intimate showcase concert series, part of the London Jazz Festival, called – #JazzNewBloodALIVE, including a photo exhibition. This showcase presents young bands and artists of ages between 14 and 24 years already doing original and “quality music”. I and my team of volunteers record all the live sets for our archives (photo/audio/video) featured at the website – www.jazznewblood.org. Photos from #JazzNewBloodALIVE 2016 and 2017 featuring amazing talent CESCA, Peter Wilson Trio with Luca Caruso (Drums) and Seth Tackaberry , NIHILISM and SEED. From these showcases, comes our annual #JazzNewBloodALIVE COMPILATION released on all digital stores to celebrate Jazz International Day which you can see here The next compilation from #JazzNewBloodALIVE 2017 will go out on April 30.
RdG: What makes up #JazzNewBlood? Is it just you? What is the structure behind it?
PIP: #JazzNewBlood is my creation and I´m the only one feeding it at the moment, with occasional help sourced from outside. But essentially I love to spot/scout young talent that I haven’t listened to before and I’m enthusiastic about spreading the word. Word of mouth is powerful.
My ultimate goal is to travel the world with my camera and an audio recorder discovering and documenting unique young and talented jazz improvisers before they come out. Looking for jazz hubs in remote locations.
RdG: Are Zoe and India both part of the organisation? I know Zoe now has a burgeoning career as a drummer… How is he progressing?
PIP: Zoe is very much part of the UK young jazz scene with his Trio Zeñel (www.zenelmusic.com) featuring also Noah Stoneman (17) on keys (BBC Young Musician Jazz Award finalist) and Laurence Wilkins (18) on trumpet.