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Jack Stephenson-Oliver Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to pianist Jack Stephenson-Oliver ahead of his appearance at this year’s Jazz Re:Fest with Vels Trio.   How did you first get into playing piano?     Five years ago, when I was living in Brighton, I was playing guitar at the time and started playing a bit of gypsy jazz….

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Jazz News (July 2018)

    The Under Ground Theatre in Eastbourne has now closed for the near future as the lease, which expired back in 2016 but was renewed on a monthly basis, has been put out to tender by East Sussex County Council.     This comes at a time when venues across Britain are under threat, with The…

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Big Band Scene (July 2018)

Patrick Billingham talks about The South London Jazz Orchestra and continues his look at playing outdoors.       Last month, I was able to see The South London Jazz Orchestra in action at St. Nicholas Church in central Brighton.  This was the final week-end of the Brighton Fringe.  During past Fringes I have had to miss…

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Live Review: Rosie Turton Quintet at The Verdict

Rosie Turton Quintet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 15th June, 2018       Trombonist Rosie Turton first appeared at The Verdict with the band Nerija back in 2016 and was recently seen there in April this year as part of the South London group Where Pathways Meet. Here she presented her own arrangements and compositions in…

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Album Review: Mark Kavuma – Kavuma

Mark Kavuma Kavuma (UBUNTU – UBU0007)       As the rising generation of young British jazz musicians continues to attract the attention of the wider world, Mark Kavuma arrives to add his voice to the chorus with this debut release. It features many of the stalwarts of London’s late-night blowing scene; closing track The Church…

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Charlotte Glasson Interview

   This month Charlotte Glasson releases a new album of music and performs in Shoreham and Love Supreme Festival. She spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.      Eclectic is a good word to describe Charlotte Glasson. She works on a mix of projects, performs a wide range of music and plays an impressive selection…

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Orphy Robinson Interview

You’re appearing at Love Supreme Festival this year. Have you performed there before?     “No, funnily enough I’ve been every year, apart from the first year, but always to hang out. I just love the idea of it. I’ve done camping and then going ‘no, that’s a silly idea’, then gone to hotels in Newhaven…