Jamie Leeming teamed up with Emily Dankworth and cellist Sophie English to lead a workshop focussing on improvisation techniques and making the instrument sing. A range of students from different colleges across town made it down to participate in a breakdown and performance of ‘Afro-Blue’ and to marvel at Jamie’s pedalboard.
Jamie’s gig used the unique qualities of the Verdict to the full by starting as a hushed, totally acoustic affair for guitar, cello and voice, then gradually adding more and more band members til they achieved full jazz-rock magnificence! Honourable mention must go to Liam Dunachie on piano/keyboards, Nic Breakspear on bass and Gaspar Sena on drumsThey really created a special, intimate atmosphere and made a lot of new friends. Watch out for the upcoming album release later in the year, and check Jamie’s new page for updates on this unique project.