Daily Archives: October 14, 2013

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

The first ever jazz record is usually reckoned to be the Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s shellac 78 release of Livery Stable Blues on the charmingly named Victor Talking Machine Company. The release date was March 7, 1917, probably described by their A&R man as ‘not a great date for a release’ – a bit under…

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A Tribute to Andy Mackintosh by Dan Sheppard

Andy Mackintosh, one of the world's leading session and jazz sax players, passed away peacefully at Sussex County Hospital in Brighton on Sunday October 6. He had a short battle with liver cancer.     Born in 1953, Andy started playing sax at the age of 4. His father, Ken Mackintosh, was a well-known sax player…

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Mark Bassey Interview

Trombonist Mark Bassey moved from London to Brighton a few years ago and talks to Charlie Anderson about the change. How did you start out playing music?     “I was born with no hands and I have an artificial hook on the left side and an artificial finger on the right side. When I was…

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Jack Kendon Interview

Brighton trumpeter Jack Kendon talks to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   How did you first get into jazz?  “When I was nine or ten, my Dad bought me a minidisc player and he gave me four minidiscs.” An Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet “One hell of a powerful album with Lalo Schiffrin on…

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A Brief History of Brass Instruments In Jazz

Although the trumpet and the trombone are the most popular brass instruments used in jazz, there are lots of other, lesser known, instruments that have been used over the years. The cornet was popularised by Buddy Bolden and King Oliver, and was played by Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke before falling out of fashion. Nat…

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Jazz Education Review: The iBone App

Editor Charlie Anderson reviews the iBone, a smartphone and tablet app aimed at trombone students. When I first downloaded this app, the first thing that struck me was how dark it was. Where are the notes? Then I went to the settings and turned up the brightness in the ‘Notes Display’ menu. The notes show…