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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…

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Live Review: Brighton Festival – The Last Poets

Brighton Festival: The Last Poets Theatre Royal, Brighton Tuesday 15th My, 2018       ‘When the Revolution Comes’.     The words echo in the 200-year-old edifice, with the same aggression and truth, and sending the same message today as they did when first spoken by The Last Poets nearly 50 years ago. The seated audience…

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Live Review: Brighton Festival – A Change Is Gonna Come

Brighton Festival: A Change Is Gonna Come – Music for Human Rights Brighton Dome Concert Hall Tuesday 22nd May, 2018       Beginning with Coltrane’s iconic composition Alabama, Nubya Garcia confidently displayed both the technique and emotional depth required to produce a version of this deeply moving memorial to the four children murdered by members of…

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Live Review: Oli Howe Trio at The Verdict

Oli Howe Trio The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 12th May, 2018       Pianist Oli Howe is someone who has always enjoyed exploring the jazz piano trio format and seeing where he can take it and the time that the trio have spent rehearsing has paid off, with tightly-performed introductions to well-known standards such as Days…

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Live Review: Joe Armon-Jones at The Eagle, Brighton

Joe Armon-Jones The Eagle, Brighton  Friday 18th May, 2018        Mr. Bongo presented an afternoon of live music at The Eagle pub, the highlight of which was an astonishing performance by young pianist Joe Armon-Jones.     Throughout, Armon-Jones conveyed a freshness and honesty that typifies the current new generation scene. Opening with a relaxed…

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Live Review: The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

The Great Escape Festival: Ashley Henry Trio, Yussef Dayes, Sons of Kemet Patterns, Brighton Saturday 19th May, 2018           There hasn’t been much jazz at The Great Escape Festival, Brighton’s festival of new music but this year three acts came along at once in a triple bill showcasing some of Britain’s best jazz…

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Live Review: The Mark Travers Project at The Ropetackle

The Mark Travers Project presents Thelonious Monk Ropetackle, Shoreham Sunday 27th May, 2018       This narrative of Monk’s life and music, where his life was narrated and dramatised, accompanied by music that highlighted the important milestones, covered Monk’s well-known tunes and was interspersed with original compositions by conductor and arranger Mark Travers.      Actor…

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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,…

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Live Review: Rob Luft at The Verdict

Rob Luft The Verdict, Brighton Friday 20th April, 2018       Featuring mostly original material from his debut album, Riser, Rob Luft is a skilled guitarist who effortlessly creates any sound-world of his choosing, frequently adding fresh sounds, influenced heavily by Congolese rumba and soukous music. Touring with the same regular band that recorded the…