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Julian Marc Stringle Interview

You’ve played with a long list of jazz legends, who have been your favourites?     “As a teenager I was privileged to play with some great British players:  George Chisholm, Martin Drew, Tony Lee, Acker Bilk, Bruce Turner etc. Later, I worked with Kenny Baker, Kenny Ball, Jim Mullen, Sir John Dankworth & Cleo Laine. I…

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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2017)

This month Patrick Billingham gives listings for the Big Band at The Brunswick series and and reviews a recent concert by The New World Orchestra.     Hail to the chief!  Congratulations to the new democratically elected leader of the free world.  Even if there are rumours that public disrespect of the president is to…

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Pete Recommends…Chick Corea – Expressions

Each month Peter Batten recommends a recording that jazz fans may wish to add to their personal library. Expressions Chick Corea     This month it’s one for the pianists. Playing solo jazz piano is a difficult art. Rhythm, harmony and improvisation must all be sustained. I was lucky enough to watch and hear close-up our…

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Geoff Simkins at The Snowdrop reviewed by Charlie Anderson

Geoff Simkins with Terry Seabrook The Snowdrop, Lewes Monday 23rd January, 2017       Whilst alto saxophonist Geoff Simkins is well known for his West Coast cool and bebop playing, performing uptempo versions of Anthropology, Invitation and I Remember April, the highlight was a beautiful rendition of Billy Strayhorn’s ballad Chelsea Bridge which exhibited Simkins’…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Forward to Victory

    2016 has certainly been a year to remember – good for right-wing demagogues, but bad for europhiles, pollsters and political pundits, though their discomfiture pales to insignificance compared to the travails endured by the unhappy citizens of Syria and Yemen.  The Grim Reaper seems to have been unusually active amongst the denizens of the…

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Dave Drake Interview

    The first thing that strikes you about pianist Dave Drake is his sheer enthusiasm, and not just for music, but for life. This optimism shines through when he discusses his biggest passion.      “Jazz is such an expression of hope. It’s an expression of triumph over suffering. When I hear Louis Armstrong I…