Interview

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Zara McFarlane Interview

Vocalist and composer Zara McFarlane spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about taking her new album on the road.   You recorded your third album Arise last year, tell us about the concept of the album.     “At first, I wanted to explore more rhythmical elements from Jamaica and the Caribbean at first. I knew I wanted…

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Alison Rayner Interview

Bassist and composer Alison Rayner spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson ahead of her appearance at Chichester Jazz Club.       With a career spanning more than 40 years, nearly 30 of which have been spent running Blow the Fuse with Deirdre Cartwright, bassist Alison Rayner didn’t release her debut album until 2014. The acclaimed album…

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Alex Hitchcock Interview

Tell us a bit about your band with Tom Barford.     “It’s a two-tenor fronted chordless quintet with Ferg Ireland on bass and James Maddren on drums.”   What kind of music will you be playing at The Verdict on Friday 2nd February?     “We mostly play compositions of mine and Tom’s – often it’s music…

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Elliot Galvin Interview

Pianist and composer Elliot Galvin spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   How did you first get into playing piano?     “I started when I was pretty young, when I was about six or seven. My next door neighbour had a piano and I used to go round there and just have a little tinkle on…

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Claude Deppa Interview

Trumpeter Claude Deppa spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about the Brotherhood of Breath Heritage Band. You’re now performing with The Brotherhood of Breath Heritage Band after having performed with Chris McGregor in one of the band’s original incarnations.     “Yes, the Brotherhood had three, almost four, incarnations. There was the original band, then Chris…

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Ian Shaw Interview

Multi-talented singer and pianist Ian Shaw spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   Are you all ready for 2018?     “I’m like a schoolboy. As soon as I get my diary bought from WH Smiths, I think I can start my life again. Nothing exists until I’ve got my big red diary.”   Are you…

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Alex Ridout Interview

Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2016. Currently studying at The Royal Academy of Music, she spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   You won the Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2016. How’s it been going since then?     “Really good. That whole competition opened up…

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Pee Wee Ellis Interview

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Pee Wee Ellis was a key member of James Brown’s ground-breaking band from the 1960s onwards and has since released his own albums and worked with Van Morrison and Ali Farka Toure amongst others. Now in his seventies, Pee Wee Ellis spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   Tell us a…

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Georgina Jackson Interview

Kicking off the South Coast Jazz Festival is The Jazz Repertory Company who will be performing ‘100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes’. The brain-child of drummer Richard Pite, the band features Pete Long, Enrico Tomasso and vocalist/trumpeter Georgina Jackson. Georgina spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   You’re doing 100 years of Jazz in…

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Dave O’Higgins Interview

    Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins recently released his new album It’s Always 9:30 in Zog, his 19th album as leader. “It was time for a new album and I wanted to get back to writing some more original tunes. I’ve done that quite a lot in the past but the last few albums that I’ve presented…