It looks daft having a “What I did on my holidays (1)” post without at least one further part, so here it is, even if it’s slightly out of sequence:

I saw the Z Syndicate (Joe Zawinul’s last band, with a replacement keyboard player) at the Treibhaus in Innsbruck. I’d initially thought it was just going to be a tribute band, but it turned out to be (almost) the real thing. I’m not sure how much I’d like their Bitches Brew meets Nana Vasconcelos mix of electric jazz and world music on record, but they were superb live. It was a good venue – a general purpose Arts Centre – and they’d negotiated a deal with the local bus and tram company which meant that if you’d bought a ticket in advance, it was also valid as a day ticket for local public transport.