The Portico Quartet will be on BBC London news on BBC 1 tonight at 6.30 p.m. as part of the coverage of the London Jazz Festival. They played outside National Theatre earlier today and Will Gresford, the new hunky face of London jazz (and manager of the Vortex) was also interviewed.
I feel really proud to be associated with the sort of publicity that the Vortex has achieved this week, along with the opportunities given to the band.
Meanwhile, the Guardian has just published 1000 albums to hear before you die. There are 4 on Babel - Acoustic Ladyland's Last Chance Disco, Polar Bear's Held On The Tips Of Fingers, Billy Jenkins' Scratches of Spain and Christine Tobin's Your Draw The Line. I am amazed and flattered to have been associated with so many albums on such a list as it covers everything from Spice Girls to Beatles and Rokia Traore with all points between.