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Jazz News (Nov. 2019)

Verdict November Programme Brighton’s Verdict jazz club has an extensive programme of music throughout November, with three or more gigs per week, including Benn Clatworthy, Miguel Gorodi, Laura Jurd, Alison Rayner, Carmen Souza, Calum Gourlay, Loz Speyer and Mark Cherrie amongst others. Owner Andy Lavender, who books the Fridays, said “Thanks to Roxanne it’s our…

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Big Band Scene (Nov. 2019)

I had the good fortune to see Terry Pack’s Trees again last month as part of the regular Big Band @ Brunswick Sunday evening programme. As before, it was a slimmed down version, with just four brass, eight reeds and woodwind, a single voice, keyboard, bass and drums. There was some new material as well…

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Jim Rattigan Interview

Let’s start by talking a bit about your background. How did you get into music? I’ve done music forever. I literally started life as an Irish dancer, can you believe. My parents were Irish. I can’t remember not doing it, I was so young. And then I got into the piano accordion, I did that…

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Preview: Skinny Pelembe at Patterns

In May this year guitarist, singer and composer Skinny Pelembe released his new album Dreaming Is Dead Now on the Brownswood label. The multi-talented musician was born in Johannesburg, but grew up in Doncaster and has been part of the new generation of artists to benefit from Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers development programme. His unique…

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Big Band Scene (Oct. 2019)

Good news. Eastbourne Bandstand is continuing its programme of Summer Thursday evening Big Band and Swing Sound concerts in 2020. There are eight scheduled, with the first on 2nd July and the last on 27th August. And a gap on 6th August.      Performances are a single set starting at 8 and finishing at…

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Words…Don Benjamin

    I come from a fairly musical family, neither of my parents were full-time musicians but both were musical in different ways and made sure our house was always full of instruments. At some point I found their xylophone and learnt a few nursery rhymes which set me off on a path to studying…