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Big Band Scene (Aug. 2019)

     As discussed last month, the disadvantages of outdoor performances made themselves evident again. In mid June, Jazz on The Prom, a new event, sponsored by Brighton Beach Club and the i360, was badly affected by the weather. Early on, the Sussex Jazz Orchestra had to cut their second set short after driving rain…

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Album Review: Dave Drake at Sussex University

Dave Drake Live at Sussex University (self-release) This recording captures a solo concert delivered at the Sussex University Meeting House by the prodigious pianist and local Brighton favourite Dave Drake on one of his visits home from his studies at the New School in Manhattan. Kozen-Rufu Waltz shows his lyrical, romantic side, almost reminiscent of…

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Jazz News (July 2019)

Jazz Re:Fest 2019 The 7th annual jazz festival hosted by Jazz Re:Freshed returns to Brighton Dome on Saturday 27th July. The line up includes Theon Cross, Rosie Turton, Zara McFarlane, Werkha, Kevin Haynes Grupo Elegua, Sarah Tandy and Camilla George. The annual festival will also feature DJ sets and family-friendly activities. Tickets are £10, with…

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Big Band Scene (July 2019)

    We are now well and truly into the season for outdoor big band performances. With its advantages and its disadvantages. Among the advantages, apart from boosting the band’s vitamin D levels, if lucky, is that of bringing our music to a wider audience and demonstrating the healthy state of the local big band…

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Jazz News (June 2019)

Love Supreme Festival Line Up The final line up for Love Supreme Festival has been announced, including the Jazz In The Round and Bandstand stages. The Bandstand includes Alex Curtis, Lost Organ Unit, Sam Carelse, Xhosa Cole, Zeñel (pictured), Mingus Underground, Teotima, Clandestino and Terry Pack’s Trees, whilst the Jazz In The Round stage features…

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Big Band Scene (June 2019)

Patrick Billingham rounds up the latest big band news from around Sussex.   I was unable to go to Big Band@Brunswick last month to hear The One World Orchestra. But I have received reports from some who were there. To remind you, this band evolved from The Paul Busby Big Band. Paul has written and…

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Jazz News: Brainchild Festival 2019 Line Up

Brainchild Festival have today announced the line up for their 2019 festival. The all-inclusive, independent festival encourages creativity and collaboration with an eclectic mixture of different bands, DJs, theatre, comedy, spoken word, talks, films and workshops. Maisha, the jazz group led by drummer Jake Long, are currently touring their new album There Is A Place…