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Big Band Scene (July 2017)

   Patrick Billingham reviews recent big band gigs at The Brunswick, The Round Georges and B.O.A.T..  That’s another election out of the way. My thanks to all who responded to my plea to register to vote and then to use it. Now back to the real world where the big band Summer season is starting…

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Keezer & Margot at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

Geoffrey Keezer & Gillian Margot The Verdict, Brighton Monday 5th June 2017        Beginning with a masterclass, in association with Brighton Jazz School (of which Keezer is a patron), husband and wife team Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot answered questions from the audience that covered everything from musical empathy, rubato, introductions, rhythm, song choice…

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Love Supreme Preview

    The Love Supreme Festival now reaches its fifth year with big name jazz legends Herbie Hancock and George Benson topping a bill which also sees soul group The Jacksons and singer Corinne Bailey Rae performing on the Main Stage.     Jazz legend Herbie Hancock became famous in the 1960s performing with Miles Davis, as…

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Jon Shenoy Interview

    Saxophonist and composer Jon Shenoy first formed Draw By Four around six years ago as “a Hammond organ band with a difference” but last year faced the possibility of the project falling by the wayside. “The original members were Will Bartlett, who still plays in it now, Kris Borring who is a Danish guitarist…

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Geoff Simkins Interview

Saxophonist and jazz educator Geoff Simkins has just recorded his latest album. He met with Charlie Anderson at The Verdict in Brighton where he performs on Sunday 18th June.   Geoff Simkins releases his latest album in June, a trio album with pianist Nikki Illes and bassist Dave Green. “Nikki and I have done some…

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Geoffrey Keezer Interview

What did you learn from performing with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and then with Ray Brown? One of the key things I learned was how to pace a musical set. Both Art and Ray were in tune with the energy and needs of each audience we played for. They could sense if we needed to…

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Sam Leak Interview

Are there any favourite albums that you listened to over and over when you were younger? How much younger are we talking? As a kid I listened to David Bowie all the time. When I was getting into Jazz I loved ‘Blue Trane’, ‘Speak No Evil’, ‘Portrait in Jazz’ and ‘Four and More’. When I…

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Big Band Scene (June 2017)

Patrick Billingham reviews recent big band gigs and looks at/for missing parts. It is flaming June at last.  Time to say goodbye to May.  I have been to a couple of gigs recently.  One of which was a Saturday Afternoon of Jazz in the packed out foyer of The Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham.  With…