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Live Review: Pete Hill Quintet at The Verdict

Pete Hill Quintet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 31st August, 2018   Drummer Pete Hill made a name for himself on the Brighton scene as an experienced, contemporary drummer and since moving to London he’s continued to develop both his playing and the variety of bands he performs with. Performing as part of the excellent New…

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Hilary Burt’s Blue Calluna  at The Brunswick

Hilary Burt's Blue Calluna  The Brunswick, Hove 9th September, 2018   Occasionally you see something new, not Turner Prize new for the sake of new, but in-the-tradition new. Rhythms and harmonies you know and love; movingly, excitingly new.  People seemed to know something was coming. The Sunday night jazz slot at The Brunswick on September…

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Live Review: Tim Whitehead at The Verdict

Tim Whitehead Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 17th August, 2018       It’s been a while since Tim Whitehead performed in Brighton so it was a joy to see him performing with his longtime associate Milo Fell on drums and eminent local bassist Nigel Thomas.     Beginning with a latin version of Invitation, followed by…

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Live Review: Womad Festival 2018

WOMAD Festival 2018 Charlton Park, Wiltshire Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th July, 2018       Pre-festival publicity for this year’s WOMAD festival was clouded by news regarding cancellations due to stricter visa controls, forcing a number of bands to cancel performances and workshops. But this didn’t impact on the atmosphere of the festival which remained…

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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…