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Annie Lightly Interview

Tell us about your new album.  How did it come about?     “The album seemed to come out of nowhere, complete with track list. I could even ‘hear’ the musicians who would be involved. (Thank goodness they agreed to play on it.)”     “I’m struggling to answer the question without saying something about my life….

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Mike Outram Interview

What are you working on at the moment?     “I’m working on my online guitar learning site: ElectricCampfire.com. We help aspiring guitarists to level up their playing with courses, live training and a helpful community. We have over 500 members and it’s really exciting to watch everyone’s progress & development. I’d have LOVED to have…

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Big Band Scene (December 2016)

This month Patrick Billingham searches for missing parts and discusses band finances.       The end is nigh. Not of civilisation as we know it, although after recent election results . . ., but of 2016.  The time of year when bands are preparing for the festive season and, pun intended, blowing the dust of…

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Court & Spark @ The Verdict reviewed by Lou Beckerman

Court and Spark: Reinterpreting Joni Mitchell 29th October 2016 The Verdict, Brighton       The title of Brighton musician Lucy Pickering’s project: Court and Spark is from the 1974 album of the same name by Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell.      As a long-standing Joni admirer (one is supposed to refer to artists by their surname…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Jazzmatazz

    Anyone with more than a passing interest in jazz, an internet connection and a confident command of key stage 2 reading abilities  can’t have failed to notice the amount of press coverage being given to LA based saxophonist, composer and bandleader Kamasi Washington. His expansive personality and grand gesture approach have given journalists plenty…

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Jazz News (Nov. 2016)

    A fundraiser for vocalist Abi Flynn (pictured) was held at The Brunswick jam session on 18th October and raised nearly £1,000 on the night. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. If you missed the fundraiser then you can still donate here and support her by following her blog here.     The EFG…

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Andrew Bain Interview

How would you describe your drumming, in terms of your influences and style.     “I have a broad range of influences but the main drummers would be Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Paul Motian, Brian Blade and Jack DeJohnette. Having lived in London and New York for so many years, I have an equally broad spectrum…

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Julie Sassoon Interview

Tell us about your new album and your quartet.      “I moved to Berlin from London several years ago and found a place within its wonderful melting pot of improvised music and jazz.  About a year ago I formed a new quartet with some of my favourite players from this vibrant and creative music scene……