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Jazz News (Feb. 2018)

    As well as mourning the recent passing of South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, the local jazz scene is also mourning the loss of Don Jeffery, who ran Hastings Jazz Club for a number of years and recently passed away. The jazz scene in Sussex is also mourning the loss of drummer Chris Carrington, who…

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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2018)

Patrick Billingham updates us on the latest big band news and profiles The ConChord Big Band.       Previously, I have mentioned the Facebook group Big Bands Of Brighton.  And I suggested that, by its very nature, it is more reliable as an up to date source of gig information than this column could ever…

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Live Review: The 2018 South Coast Jazz Festival

South Coast Jazz Festival Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea Saturday 20th – Saturday 27th January, 2018       The South Coast Jazz Festival kicked off its 4th year with The Jazz Repertory Company performing 100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes. In the pre-concert Q&A, drummer and bandleader Richard Pite quoted jazz writer Whitney Balliett who…

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Live Review: Charlie Stacey at The Verdict

Charlie Stacey Trio The Verdict, Brighton Friday 19th January, 2018       After agreeing to fill in at the last minute for Dave Drake, who was unable to leave the US due to visa difficulties, pianist Charlie Stacey performed an impressive mix of standards and originals.     Beginning with Coltrane’s dedication to Sonny Rollins, Like…

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Cloudmakers Five at The Verdict

Cloudmakers Five The Verdict, Brighton Friday 12th January, 2018       Formed eight years ago, Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers Five, originally a trio but extended with saxophone and guitar, have so far released four albums to critical acclaim, mostly due to Jim Hart’s artful compositions and an enviable chemistry between the musicians in the band, all…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Minority Report

    There’s nothing like a selection of statistics to start the new year, so here’s a grab-bag for you to dive into. Firstly, the Guardian has quoted some figures, possibly gathered by Barratt Homes, that indicate over 85,000 Londoners sold up and moved to the South East between 2015 and 2016, with over 5,000 of…

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Elliot Galvin Interview

Pianist and composer Elliot Galvin spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   How did you first get into playing piano?     “I started when I was pretty young, when I was about six or seven. My next door neighbour had a piano and I used to go round there and just have a little tinkle on…

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Claude Deppa Interview

Trumpeter Claude Deppa spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about the Brotherhood of Breath Heritage Band. You’re now performing with The Brotherhood of Breath Heritage Band after having performed with Chris McGregor in one of the band’s original incarnations.     “Yes, the Brotherhood had three, almost four, incarnations. There was the original band, then Chris…

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Ian Shaw Interview

Multi-talented singer and pianist Ian Shaw spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   Are you all ready for 2018?     “I’m like a schoolboy. As soon as I get my diary bought from WH Smiths, I think I can start my life again. Nothing exists until I’ve got my big red diary.”   Are you…