Monthly Archives: May 2019

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Jazz News: Brainchild Festival 2019 Line Up

Brainchild Festival have today announced the line up for their 2019 festival. The all-inclusive, independent festival encourages creativity and collaboration with an eclectic mixture of different bands, DJs, theatre, comedy, spoken word, talks, films and workshops. Maisha, the jazz group led by drummer Jake Long, are currently touring their new album There Is A Place…

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Steam Down: Interview with Ahnansé

What is Steam Down? The creator behind Steam Down, Ahnansé (aka Wayne Francis) describes it best. “It’s a sub-cultural movement, centred around a collective of musicians, writers and creators with a weekly event on Wednesday, and a touring band and orchestra in the process of making a record. It’s multiple things but definitely a space…

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Dave Storey Interview

Drummer Dave Storey released his debut album, Bosco, in April. He spoke to Charlie Anderson at the beginning of his UK tour. How did you get into music? I started out just playing percussion, in orchestras, brass bands and things like that. It wasn’t until I went to study at college level that I had…

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Tony Woods Interview

The Tony Woods Project are currently on tour. Charlie Anderson spoke to the saxophonist about his music and his work with The Lyric Ensemble. How would you describe the music of the Tony Woods Project? It’s jazz that has world music influences, so African and latin grooves, quite often twisted into odd time signatures. Within…

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Sam Carelse: On The Corner

To scat or not to scat?   The time has come, folks, to consider scat singing! What does it mean to scat, who should do it, and why? I tend to improvise around the melody a bit, usually sticking to the words, but increasingly I want to express myself more and join in with the…

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Live Review: Duncan Eagles’ Citizen

New Generation Jazz: Duncan Eagles’ Citizen The Verdict, Brighton Friday 29th March, 2019 Tenor saxophonist Duncan Eagles concluded his whirlwind UK tour with a trip to Brighton’s Verdict Jazz Club at the end of March. His recently released debut album as a leader, Citizen has been highly acclaimed and helped in bringing the former Partikel…

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Live Review: Love Supreme at The Roundhouse

Love Supreme at The Roundhouse The Roundhouse, London Saturday 13th April, 2019 Love Supreme continue to expand the brand by bringing an all-day jamboree of jazz-and-related-musics to the Roundhouse, following their success last year. That event was dominated by the emergent New London Jazz scene – this year’s different, highly diverse line-up provides an interesting…

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Album Review: Dave Storey Trio – Bosco

Dave Storey Trio Bosco (Impossible Ark Records 025) Dave Storey has emerged from the same London scene based around the RAM post-graduate study program that has incubated so much cutting-edge young talent; his associates on this record are deeply involved with such cross-genre ventures and Golden Age Of Steam (Allsopp) and Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur (Chaplin);…

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Album Review: Claire Martin – Believin’ It

Claire Martin Believin’ It (Linn AKD 563) This is Claire Martin’s 20th album for Linn Records and it has all of the hallmarks that you would expect from Britain’s top jazz vocalist: assured lines, technical mastery and some hard swinging tunes. Her all Swedish trio are with her every step of the way. Pianist Martin…