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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…

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ENEMY at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

ENEMY The Verdict, Brighton Monday 22nd May 2017            ENEMY, a superb trio of Kit Downes, Petter Eldh and James Maddren, was formed as a reaction to how Kit thinks about “complexity, and how liberating it can be”. And although this was an evening of complex music, it was also an evening of…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Satisfaction, Finally

    A combination of the diligent pursuit of journalistic integrity on behalf of you, dear reader, and the organiser’s generous assessment of my actual capabilities to deliver as such, resulted in my being fortunate enough to attend this year’s JazzFM Awards. The setting was the Shoreditch Town Hall, its high-Victorian architecture evoking a suitable spirit…

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Oli Howe Interview

Pianist Oli Howe, 36, is originally from Surrey. SJM editor Charlie Anderson began by asking him what first brought him to Brighton.     “I came here when I was 32 for the music scene, really, and to play jazz properly with people that were good at it, and lots of them. I was living in…

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Kit Downes Interview

Tell us about your group ENEMY.     “It’s a trio of myself, Petter Eldh and James Maddren where me and Petter write the music. The music is all quite rhythmic, quite intense. It’s about creating quite difficult forms but still trying to be free on them. Petter uses a lot of hip hop influences and…

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Pete Wareham Interview

Tell us about Melt Yourself Down. What inspired you to put it together?     “I was inspired to do it by listening to the music of Ali Hassan Kuban which made me want to create something with the huge energy and joy of his and other Nubian musicians’ performances.”   How do you go about…

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Big Band Scene (May 2017)

     Patrick Billingham brings you the latest big band news and looks at pad organisation. Once again it is May. Once again it is Festival time. Brighton’s major cultural event. Where we used to look forward to seeing internationally renowned big bands.  With the tickets sold out weeks before the concert.  But, once again,…

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Pete Recommends…Buddy de Franco and Sonny Clark

Each month Peter Batten recommends a recording that jazz fans may wish to add to their personal library.   Buddy de Franco and Sonny Clark       Anybody remember these recordings? Are there any young players working hard on the clarinet these days? Buddy De Franco could be a great inspiration.     Over 60 years, from…