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Jon Newey Interview

Award winning music journalist, percussionist and editor in chief of Jazzwise magazine Jon Newey has a keen interest in the history of the UK music press. He spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about his career in music journalism and his initiative to encourage up-and-coming writers. What’s your background in the music press?     I’ve…

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Vigleik Storaas Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke with award winning Norwegian pianist, composer and teacher Vigleik Storaas ahead of his appearance with the legendary John Surman at this year’s Brighton Festival.   You’ve obviously known John Surman for a long time, you’ve been playing together since the mid-1990s in the Nordic Quartet.     “Yes, I think the…

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Jazz News (May 2018)

    Love Supreme Festival have announced their full line up, including artists appearing on the Bandstand: Three Little Birds, Paul Richards Trio, Giwha and the 1618, Sonnymoon for 3, Charlotte Glasson, Roy Hilton, Rory ingham, Where Pathways Meet, Sen3, Peter Fraize, Johnny Mansfield, Pete Hill Quintet and the 9-piece Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline (led by…

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Big Band Scene (May 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks at issues arising from playing outdoors.     After what has seemed like a very long Winter, Spring has finally arrived.  And with it the start of the festival season.  The Brighton Festival and Fringe, Love Supreme among others around the county.     Warmer conditions also encourage those gigs which bring live music…

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Live Review: J-Sonics at The Ropetackle

J-Sonics The Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea Saturday 7th April, 2018       Mike Flynn’s latin fusion band J-Sonics made a strong impression at last year’s South Coast Jazz Festival and their return to the Ropetackle was filled with the same high-octane energy that characterises this accomplished band.     Beginning their set with Casa Forte, an upbeat samba,…

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Live Review: Rob Luft at The Verdict

Rob Luft The Verdict, Brighton Friday 20th April, 2018       Featuring mostly original material from his debut album, Riser, Rob Luft is a skilled guitarist who effortlessly creates any sound-world of his choosing, frequently adding fresh sounds, influenced heavily by Congolese rumba and soukous music. Touring with the same regular band that recorded the…

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Live Review: Martin Speake Quartet at The Verdict

Martin Speake Quartet The Verdict, Brighton  Saturday 21st April, 2018       Alto saxophonist Martin Speake celebrated his 60th birthday this year by recording a new album with his long-time friend and musical associate, US pianist Ethan Iverson.      Performing mostly tunes from the new album, they mixed originals with the odd bebop…

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Spike Wells Remembers…Philly Joe Jones

If I could only keep one of my Desert Island drummers (the others would have been Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Pete La Roca, Jack Dejohnette, Tony Oxley and Bill Stewart), I’d have to choose the great Philly Joe. And not because he’s the only drummer I’d ever had lessons with!   His playing…

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Rob Luft Interview

    Guitarist Rob Luft originally played classical violin from a young age, but around the time he was 6 years old his step-father, a guitarist, moved in. “He brought loads of records like Hugh Masekela and Brotherhood of Breath. So I listened to a lot of township grooves and Loose Tubes records and played lots…