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Alex Ridout Interview

Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2016. Currently studying at The Royal Academy of Music, she spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   You won the Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2016. How’s it been going since then?     “Really good. That whole competition opened up…

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Pee Wee Ellis Interview

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Pee Wee Ellis was a key member of James Brown’s ground-breaking band from the 1960s onwards and has since released his own albums and worked with Van Morrison and Ali Farka Toure amongst others. Now in his seventies, Pee Wee Ellis spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   Tell us a…

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Georgina Jackson Interview

Kicking off the South Coast Jazz Festival is The Jazz Repertory Company who will be performing ‘100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes’. The brain-child of drummer Richard Pite, the band features Pete Long, Enrico Tomasso and vocalist/trumpeter Georgina Jackson. Georgina spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   You’re doing 100 years of Jazz in…

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Jazz News (Jan. 2018)

    Legendary British pianist John Critchinson passed away on 15th December at the age of 82. Beginning his jazz career performing with the likes of Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott, he became Ronnie Scott’s regular pianist from 1979 onwards performing with a number of visiting Americans such as Joe Henderson and Chet Baker. After Ronnie…

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks forward to 2018 and lists the active gigging big bands around Sussex.     Happy New Year.  Despite the uncertainties about exiting the European Union, our financial future and the threat to civilisation as we know it from the antics of various unhinged national leaders, the prospects for the big band scene in…

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Abi Flynn Benefit Concert at The Walrus, Brighton

Abi Flynn Benefit Concert The Walrus, Brighton Wednesday 6th December, 2017       Beginning with Nature Boy sang beautifully by Lou Beckerman, this was a memorable evening from the opening number, with many of Brighton’s top musicians gathering to raise money (and share the love) for vocalist Abi Flynn.     Throughout the evening there were…

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Live Review: Sam Barnett at The Verdict

Sam Barnett The Verdict, Brighton Friday 15th December, 2017       Promoting his debut album London-New York Suite, 16 year old saxophonist Sam Barnett began with the opening track from the album, Morning Shadowplay and intermixed tunes from the album with compositions that he has written since.     Accompanied throughout by fellow teens, drummer Zoe…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Hat and Beard

    This year would have been Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, and the plethora of tributes from critics, musicians and fans alike have been ample evidence of his continuing importance on the contemporary scene. It’s interesting to compare his current stature with that of his contemporary, Dizzy Gillespie, also born in 1917. It could be fairly…