Daily Archives: September 16, 2013

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Jazz News (Sept. 2013)

Award Winning Baritone Sax Player Plays The Verdict American baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan, who has recently won awards from the Jazz Journalists Association and JAZZIT magazine, performs at The Verdict in Brighton on Friday 27th September. Known for his work with the Mingus Big Band, as well as the big bands of Woody Herman and…

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A Brief History of Gypsy Jazz

  The history of gypsy jazz begins with Django Reinhardt, though many would argue that gypsy jazz is Django Reinhardt.     Django was born in 1910 into a Manouche-Romany family and although born in Belgium, Django spent most of his childhood in the gypsy camps on the outskirts of Paris where he learnt to play…

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Steve Aston Interview

Charlie Anderson met up with guitarist Steve Aston to discuss gypsy jazz and some of the reasons why some people love it and some people hate it.   I met up with Steve Aston at The Paris House, a beautiful French café-bar in Brighton, and I asked him what he liked most about gypsy jazz…

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Jam Sessions: The Brunswick, Hove

Guitarist Paul Richards has been running the jazz jam session at The Brunswick in Hove since July 2010 and says “It’s good that Phil [the owner] agreed to put it on and a lot of the time he is at the back listening and doing the sound”.     I asked Paul about the wide variety…