Articles by SJM


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Alina Bzhezhinska Interview

SJM Editor Charlie Anderson spoke to jazz harpist Alina Bzhezhinska about her upcoming album, Inspiration, ahead of her appearance at The Verdict on Friday 18th May, 2018.   Why did you choose to play the harp?     “I started playing the harp when I was 7, out of pure vanity. I really loved how it looked….

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Preview: The Great Escape Festival 2018

Brighton’s Great Escape Festival this year features an array of up-and-coming jazz talent, including Yussef Dayes, Kamaal Williams, Sons of Kemet and Ashley Henry.   The Great Escape Festival has been presenting new music every year since 2006 and presents more than 400 new acts at various venues across Brighton and Hove.   Friday 18th…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Not a Dry Seat in the House

    Last year’s Jazz FM awards was a memorable occasion, with both glamour and controversy being provided by those perpetual kings of louche Mick Jagger, Ron Woods and Charlie Watts, the former two as elegantly wrinkled as their expensive suits, Mr Watts as well-pressed and inscrutable as ever. The controversy arose due to the magnetic…

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A Change Is Gonna Come: Carleen Anderson and Nikki Yeoh

    This year’s Brighton Festival features a special music project entitled A Change Is Gonna Come: Music for Human Rights. SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to the two composers behind the project: Carleen Anderson and Nikki Yeoh.     I began by asking Carleen Anderson about how the project first came about. “The two organisers at…

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Jon Newey Interview

Award winning music journalist, percussionist and editor in chief of Jazzwise magazine Jon Newey has a keen interest in the history of the UK music press. He spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about his career in music journalism and his initiative to encourage up-and-coming writers. What’s your background in the music press?     I’ve…

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Vigleik Storaas Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke with award winning Norwegian pianist, composer and teacher Vigleik Storaas ahead of his appearance with the legendary John Surman at this year’s Brighton Festival.   You’ve obviously known John Surman for a long time, you’ve been playing together since the mid-1990s in the Nordic Quartet.     “Yes, I think the…

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Jazz News (May 2018)

    Love Supreme Festival have announced their full line up, including artists appearing on the Bandstand: Three Little Birds, Paul Richards Trio, Giwha and the 1618, Sonnymoon for 3, Charlotte Glasson, Roy Hilton, Rory ingham, Where Pathways Meet, Sen3, Peter Fraize, Johnny Mansfield, Pete Hill Quintet and the 9-piece Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline (led by…

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Big Band Scene (May 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks at issues arising from playing outdoors.     After what has seemed like a very long Winter, Spring has finally arrived.  And with it the start of the festival season.  The Brighton Festival and Fringe, Love Supreme among others around the county.     Warmer conditions also encourage those gigs which bring live music…

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Live Review: J-Sonics at The Ropetackle

J-Sonics The Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea Saturday 7th April, 2018       Mike Flynn’s latin fusion band J-Sonics made a strong impression at last year’s South Coast Jazz Festival and their return to the Ropetackle was filled with the same high-octane energy that characterises this accomplished band.     Beginning their set with Casa Forte, an upbeat samba,…