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 http://www.davidredfern.com/tags/london-jazz-festival-2013/, 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.
It's been a very eventful year so far, I've gained a lot of strength which is just as well as I learnt yesterday that I have to start another six months chemotherapy at the end of July. The spring New Orleans and Heritage Jazz Festival was as fantastic as ever. The weather wasn’t very good but the pictures and sounds made up for it. As you can see I took a lot of photos http://www.davidredfern.com/tags/new-orleans-jazz-fest-2013/ and it was my 37th year.
The European Jazz Festival season kicks off for me with Jazz a Vienne on Saturday 24th to the 13th July. Followed by Jazz A Juan – July 16th to July 20th. A first for me San Sebastian in Spain, 24th – 28th July.
Its been a frantic few weeks not least because we were preparing some special pictures for an exhibition at The Audio Lounge, a brand new pure listening sound concept in London’s Wigmore Street. This runs until July 13 with an on going presence there. They are also selling Suzy’s fantastic cushions with my Images on them. http://www.davidredfern.com/tourdates
Future plans include a talk to the Transport For London medical team at the end of August and an exhibition at the Southbank during the London Jazz Festival.
On a personal note Suzy and I got married last month (and it couldn’t happen to a nicer couple) ;-) at the Chelsea Old Town Hall followed by lunch at the Chelsea Arts Club. So there’s no stopping me yet, and then we have our belated honeymoon in St. Lucia at Christmas.
Last month we lost one of the great Blues singers Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, life is of its very nature very fragile, memories on the other hand are not, enjoy the sounds and visions to the full while you can.