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Live Review: Brainchild Festival 2018

Brainchild Festival Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, East Sussex Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July, 2018       For a festival with a limit of 2,000 people, one would expect it to be small and cliquey but it was the opposite: inclusive with no VIP areas, no commercial sponsorship and using a small space to maximum…

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Live Review: Mark Kavuma at The Verdict

Mark Kavuma & ‘The Banger Factory’ The Verdict, Brighton Friday 20th July, 2018       New Generation Jazz have had a consistently excellent programme of presenting up and coming musicians on the current jazz scene and Mark Kavuma’s band were no exception. Performing original material from the young trumpeter’s debut album, Kavuma, the band displayed…

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Live Review: Rosie Turton Quintet at The Verdict

Rosie Turton Quintet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 15th June, 2018       Trombonist Rosie Turton first appeared at The Verdict with the band Nerija back in 2016 and was recently seen there in April this year as part of the South London group Where Pathways Meet. Here she presented her own arrangements and compositions in…

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Album Review: Mark Kavuma – Kavuma

Mark Kavuma Kavuma (UBUNTU – UBU0007)       As the rising generation of young British jazz musicians continues to attract the attention of the wider world, Mark Kavuma arrives to add his voice to the chorus with this debut release. It features many of the stalwarts of London’s late-night blowing scene; closing track The Church…

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Live Review: Brighton Festival – John Surman

Brighton Festival: John Surman St. George’s Church, Kemptown, Brighton Thursday 10th May, 2018       A performance by virtuoso musician John Surman is a rarity in the UK as the 73 year old veteran currently resides in Norway, and his last performance in Brighton was back in 2014. His musical collaborations with Norwegian pianist and…