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David-Redfern-NewsSummer News Update 2014 (News)

SUMMER NEWS UPDATE

 

 

Greetings from the stunning the Camargue in the South of France, from where I’m writing this summer news update.

 

Decided to move my entire healthcare permanently to France. They are not ageist nor is there any cost restriction on available drugs. it does seem much better, many thanks to CSF (Cancer Support France) for their unrivalled support during this difficult change over period.

 

Summer has seen me photographing four days at the Vienne Jazz festival, with such artists as Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Truck band, Ben L’Uncle, Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, to name a few.   Two days in Juan les Pins, with Imelda May, Joss Stone & the Fabulous Chick Corea with Stanley Clarke, there’s still plenty of great music around, many thanks to fellow photographers Tim Dickeson  and Ed Hawkins for looking after me in the photo pits.

 

My BBC Radio 2 interview with Clare Teal is now being broadcast on Sunday 27th of July just after 10 PM (22.00).

 

Future plans include a Norwegian Fiord cruise in the autumn, the London Jazz festival in November and at an exhibition at the new South Coast Jazz festival in the Shoreham Arts centre in late January 2015.

 

I was shocked and upset by the news of the sudden death of my friend writer Jack Massarik, we had some great times together, most memorable was a trip to Cuba in 1990, and may he rest in piece.

 

Thanks as ever to my lovely wife Suzy for her unfailing devotion and constant caring for me during this time.

 

Keep the faith and live every day to the full,  you just never know…….

 

 


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David-Redfern-NewsSummer News 2014 (News)

SUMMER NEWS

 

It’s been a fantastic rollercoaster health-wise the last few months: in the end, I didn’t get on the drugs trial (blood count too low) and the last chemo had very heavy side effects, so much so that I didn’t make it as far as New Orleans this year. But I did get as far as Virginia where my son Mark, wife Wendy and my delightful 16-month-old granddaughter Rose lives. So there’s always good coming out of bad,

 

Waiting to go on a new drug, meantime I had a 9 cms stent put in the bottom of my stomach last week, which solved a lot of problems instantly. Ah, the wonders of modern science, for which I have to give many thanks to my oncologist Doc Sharma who has tirelessly worked on my behalf.

 

Anyway, onwards and upwards. A couple of weeks ago at the House of Commons I won the Services to Jazz award in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz awards. On July 20th I’m going on Claire Teal’s Sunday night big band show on BBC Radio 2 (U.K.’s most popular station) between 10 and midnight. The big dilemma now is choosing only three big-band tracks.

 

Later in July I’m being filmed for a TV documentary, it’s part of a series called “My Street My Life’ this one is going to be about Carnaby Street and King’s Road. The series is being co-produced and presented by Twiggy; should be fun!

 

Meantime, subject to treatment schedule, I will be covering some of ‘Jazz a Vienne’, followed by a few days in Juan les Pins for the festival there. Otherwise, we’re spending the summer in our house in the south of France, can’t wait for some warm sun.

 

As always, so very many thanks to my wife Suzy for looking after me so well, she absolutely never falters, no matter how hard the going gets.

 

Finally, my musical tip: listen to Wilco Johnson /Roger Daltrey’s Going back home. Wilco and I both have the same dreaded lurgy and we are both fighting well!

 

Enjoy!


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SUMMER NEWS

 

It’s been a fantastic rollercoaster health-wise the last few months: in the end, I didn’t get on the drugs trial (blood count too low) and the last chemo had very heavy side effects, so much so that I didn’t make it as far as New Orleans this year. But I did get as far as Virginia where my son Mark, wife Wendy and my delightful 16-month-old granddaughter Rose lives. So there’s always good coming out of bad,

 

Waiting to go on a new drug, meantime I had a 9 cms stent put in the bottom of my stomach last week, which solved a lot of problems instantly. Ah, the wonders of modern science, for which I have to give many thanks to my oncologist Doc Sharma who has tirelessly worked on my behalf.

 

Anyway, onwards and upwards. A couple of weeks ago at the House of Commons I won the Services to Jazz award in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz awards. On July 20th I’m going on Claire Teal’s Sunday night big band show on BBC Radio 2 (U.K.’s most popular station) between 10 and midnight. The big dilemma now is choosing only three big-band tracks.

 

Later in July I’m being filmed for a TV documentary, it’s part of a series called “My Street My Life’ this one is going to be about Carnaby Street and King’s Road. The series is being co-produced and presented by Twiggy; should be fun!

 

Meantime, subject to treatment schedule, I will be covering some of ‘Jazz a Vienne’, followed by a few days in Juan les Pins for the festival there. Otherwise, we’re spending the summer in our house in the south of France, can’t wait for some warm sun.

 

As always, so very many thanks to my wife Suzy for looking after me so well, she absolutely never falters, no matter how hard the going gets.

 

Finally, my musical tip: listen to Wilco Johnson /Roger Daltrey’s Going back home. Wilco and I both have the same dreaded lurgy and we are both fighting well!

 

Enjoy!


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David-Redfern-NewsWinter News 2013 (News)

Winter News 2013

 

Another year’s is gone by, one at which I’ve successfully kept ‘The Grim Reaper’ at bay. I’ve just finished another six months of chemo, and I have to say I’ve coped with it much better than last time. Early in the New Year I’m taking part in a research study for a new anti-cancer drug called NUC - 1031, I’ll be one of only 40 people in the world on this trial. Experiments have shown that NUC-1031 can potentially overcome cancer cell resistance which can happen with the normal chemo drugs.

Inspite of all of this I’ve still managed to photograph 5 festivals this year. At the last one, the London Jazz festival <span class="http-markup"><a href="http://www.davidredfern.com/tags/london-jazz-festival-2013/" rel="nofollow">http://www.davidredfern.com/tags/london-jazz-festival-2013/</a></span>, I had a very successful exhibition at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, which I shared with Edu Hawkins, lots of footfall, sold some prints, boxes of books and T-shirts.

We continue with our fruitful association with the Audio Lounge in Wigmore Street London, They continue to sell my prints and Suzy’s cushions, and I’m giving a talk there on March 19th. Also in the spring we are having an exhibition at the Bristol Jazz Festival March 7th – 9th in the famous Colston Hall where we will have prints, books, cushions, and T-shirts on sale, a pre festival press launch will take place on Thursday Feb 27th. Hopefully subject to treatment schedules I’ll be in New Orleans once again for Jazz Fest.

I know it's not been an easy year either for those closest to me, namely my now wife Suzy, she has been marvellous supporting me through thick and thin, especially with old man’s moods.

It’s St Lucia at Christmas for a belated honeymoon, back in time for my youngest granddaughter Rose’s first birthday on Jan 3th.

I look forward to working with, and seeing many of you in 2014. Keep taking the medicine whatever that is, and above all have fun.

Happy holidays!

 

David


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