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Jazz News (Dec. 2017)

    A whole host of musicians will be raising money for fabulous vocalist Abi Flynn at The Walrus on Wednesday 6th December. The event is open to everyone and tickets are £10 on the door. It starts at 8pm so please show your support.     Promoters Kineojazz are putting on another event in December featuring…

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Big Band Scene (Dec. 2017)

Patrick Billingham looks back on 2017 and reviews some recent big band performances.    2017 has not been a good year for the United Kingdom, with uncertainties over the future of this country’s relations with Europe and the rest of the world, and the economic uncertainties resulting. It has not been a good year, with…

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Live Review: Nicole Henry at The Ropetackle

Nicole Henry Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea Wednesday 8th November, 2017       I’d not heard of Nicole Henry until it was announced that she was to perform the opening gig at the London Jazz Festival. I then found out that two days before, the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea had gained the distinction of booking…

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Live Review: Dan Cartwright Quartet at The Verdict

Dan Cartwright Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 17th November, 2017       Even comparatively hyped new artists can really struggle to fill jazz clubs outside our major cities, let alone an unknown tenor player on his very first headline engagement. Despite the chilly ambient temperature, caused by an overzealous aircon unit, there’s a warm welcome…

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Live Review: Vitor Pereira Quintet at The Verdict

Vitor Pereira Quintet The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 25th November, 2017       Portuguese guitarist and composer Vitor Pereira has already recorded two albums featuring his own compositions: his debut Doors from 2012 and last year’s New World, the title track of which opened his return to The Verdict, where club owner Andy Lavender is an…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Autumn Leaves

    In the showbiz calendar, Autumn is often the month of relaunch, as weary musicians wrap up their summer touring, the last function gigs herald the end of a season spent under canvas in dozens of catered marquees, and those mysterious and all-powerful denizens who preside over booking schedules and press campaigns return, refreshed from…

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Mark Lockheart Interview

Tell us about your group Malija with Liam Noble and Jasper Høiby. How did it get started?     I worked with Liam and Jasper in 2008 when I did a quintet record called In Deep. I hadn’t really worked with either of them much before and I wanted a new band so I just phoned…

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Simon Wallace and Sarah Moule Interview

Lou Beckerman in conversation with Simon Wallace and Sarah Moule, prior to their gig at The Verdict, Brighton on 4th November, 2017.     Simon Wallace is a seasoned composer, pianist, arranger and producer. He has performed all over the world and it’s been said that ‘when he plays the piano it’s as if there’s a…