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Mike Flynn Interview

J-Sonics bassist and editor of Jazzwise magazine, Mike Flynn answers questions from SJM editor Charlie Anderson, ahead of the J-Sonics gig at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham.   How did you first get into jazz?     “My interest in jazz developed in tandem with my bass playing – as I discovered jazz that appealed to me,…

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Jazz News (April 2018)

    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock will be doing his best to unify the jazz community on 30th April, International Jazz Day. This year’s host city is St. Petersburg, which recently expelled US diplomats following the Salisbury spy poisoning.     The Jazz FM Awards ceremony also takes place on International Jazz Day, at Shoreditch Town…

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Big Band Scene (April 2018)

This month Patrick Billingham looks at the Big Bands UK project.       Big Bands UK is a very welcome newcomer on the scene.  Of interest to all big band fans, this project is the brainchild of big band trumpeter Stuart McLean-Fowler.  He has undertaken the task of attempting to find out how many big…

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A Tribute to Chris Carrington

Chris Carrington 28th April 1946 – 27th December 2017   “Kenny Knight (pianist) said to me one day, beaming all over his face, ‘We’ve got this fantastic drummer next Saturday at the wedding.’ It was indeed a great gig, but what made it so special and enjoyable was working with a brilliant drummer: Chris’s backing was…

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Live Review: Zara McFarlane at The Komedia

Zara McFarlane The Komedia, Brighton  Saturday 28th March, 2018        The night outside may be freezing but there’s already a decent sized crowd gathered under the Komedia’s notoriously low ceiling and support act Thabo is doing his utmost to warm them up. He gives a lesson in effortless charisma, and despite appearing with just…

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Live Review: Portrait of Cannonball at The Verdict

Portrait of Cannonball The Verdict, Brighton Friday 16th March, 2018       Covering all of the classic Adderley brother’s repertoire, this show was put together by pianist Alex Webb and featured the frontline soloing power of alto saxophonist Tony Kofi and trumpeter Byron Wallen. An entertaining show, but hardly a whistle-stop tour of Cannonball’s career,…

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Live Review: Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone at The Verdict

Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone The Verdict, Brighton Sunday 4th March, 2018       Touring their new album, Criss Cross, saxophonist Tori Freestone and London Jazz Orchestra bandmate, pianist Alcyona Mick began their set with the title track of Tori’s most recent trio album, El Barranco, reconfigured for piano and saxophone.     Freestone’s strength is…

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Live Review: Arun Ghosh at The Ropetackle

Arun Ghosh Quintet Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea Saturday 3rd March, 2018       From the vibrant hues of the passport-style gatefold on his latest CD release But Where Are You Really From?, to his trademark traditional Indian stage gear, the subcontinent-influenced grooves  of rising clarinettist Arun Ghosh have recently been making themselves widely felt, notably…