Also saw Mammal Hands, supporting Christian Scott. Thought they were pretty hypnotic - to the point where I couldn't stop daydreaming - but Scott's band kind of blew them away. The flautist in particular was incredible, and it was glorious when they'd have sax, flute and trumpet all playing a theme.
But my real highlight was Donny McCaslin. Such an incredible gig. the rhythm section had a kind of laser beam focus, like you can hear on Blackstar, which then allowed Donny (who as a fun bonus looks a bit like a T. rex when playing) to alternate between nervy staccato runs and soaring euphoric bits. They did Lazarus and some other covers and it was clear they were playing it as a kind of tribute to Bowie, looked like Donny was gonna cry at one point. The fourth member of the band was a synth/keys guy who gave the whole thing a fusion edge. His solo bits were great interludes between the power of the full band, and also he led them all into some funky 70s business at some points which was great.
Didn't make any brand new discoveries really as I didn't go to any free stuff -except stumbled on some sort of big band in Royal Festival Hall, which had the baldy Seb Roachford on drums. They were pretty swinging but didn't catch the name.
Also really enjoyed the film I saw, The Jazz Loft - worth checking out if you get a chance