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Jazz News (Jan. 2017)

Saxophonist Pete Burden passed away just after Christmas. The alto saxophonist worked with pianist Lionel Grigson in the late 1960s in the Grigson/Burden Quintet and spent his later years teaching and performing  around Hastings. A master of the bebop style of alto saxophone playing, he was inspired  by the great Charlie Parker. Liane Carroll described…

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Jazz News (December 2016)

    The ever -expanding South Coast Jazz Festival returns with concerts at The Old Market in Hove, Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham and The Verdict in Brighton. The festival, now in its third year, kicks off with a concert by Incognito at The Old Market on Saturday 17th December followed by concerts at the Ropetackle…

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Jazz News (Nov. 2016)

    A fundraiser for vocalist Abi Flynn (pictured) was held at The Brunswick jam session on 18th October and raised nearly £1,000 on the night. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. If you missed the fundraiser then you can still donate here and support her by following her blog here.     The EFG…

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Jazz News (September 2016)

    Splash Point Jazz, are setting up a new jazz club. They will be putting on a monthly jazz gig at The Fishermen’s Club on Royal Parade on the last Wednesday of the month. Launching on Wednesday 28th September with Art Themen and Andy Panayi it will continue on Wednesday 26th October with Mark Nightingale and…

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Jazz News (August 2016)

    Congratulations to JazzLondonLive, the new London jazz listings website and smartphone app for reaching their funding goal via Kickstarter.     Mary Greig’s Jazz In London listings publication stopped in April this year but musicians Sarah Chaplin and Mick Sexton began a Kickstarter campaign in May, hoping to raise £10,000. With the beta version of…

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Jazz News (July 2016)

    As the Love Supreme Festival reaches its fourth successful year continuing with its mixture of soul-jazz and contemporary jazz, funded by corporate sponsors, there is some jazz for jazz fans, in the shape of American vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and the unique collaboration between John Scofield, Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana….

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Jazz News (June 2016)

    Brighton’s Kemptown Carnival returns this year on Saturday 4th June with six stages of music. Jazz groups will be appearing on the BN1 stage (Swing Ninjas at 12pm and Quizas Jazz Band at 2pm), the Radio Reverb Stage (Jorge’s Hot Club at 4pm and Harry’s Tricks at 5pm) and all-day jazz at Jack Kendon’s…

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Jazz News (May 2016)

    Brighton Festival begins this month with even less jazz than last year, with Phronesis on Thursday 19th May being the only jazz group in the programme. Luckily the Fringe Festival provides an opportunity to see some great local talent including Edana Minghella, Mingus Underground Octet, Terry Seabrook and Terry Pack’s Trees + The Cloggz….

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Jazz News (April 2016)

    International Jazz Day (April 30th) will be celebrated in the host city of Washington D.C. with a special party at The Whitehouse presented by Barack and Michelle Obama. Special guests include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding and a host of other top jazz names.       Jazz at The Palmeira got off to…

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Jazz News + Competition (March 2016)

    The nominations for the 2016 JazzFM Awards have been announced. Chichester born pianist Zoe Rahman has been nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year and Hastings-based pianist/vocalist Liane Carroll has been nominated for Vocalist of the Year, following the success of her album Seaside. The awards ceremony will take place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in…