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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…

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Buster Birch Interview

How did you get started on the drums?     I started off playing snare drum in school, taught by a very old-school military fife and drum player, for two years, learning traditional technique and rudiments and playing in the school orchestra. And then I worked in a green grocers to save up some money to…

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Sam Barnett Interview

16 year old saxophonist Sam Barnett recently released his debut album, New York – London Suite. Currently studying at The JazzCampus in Basel, Switzerland, he spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   How did you first get into playing saxophone?     When I was 3 I heard this saxophone being played through a stereo and…

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Mark Lockheart Interview

Tell us about your group Malija with Liam Noble and Jasper Høiby. How did it get started?     I worked with Liam and Jasper in 2008 when I did a quintet record called In Deep. I hadn’t really worked with either of them much before and I wanted a new band so I just phoned…

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Simon Wallace and Sarah Moule Interview

Lou Beckerman in conversation with Simon Wallace and Sarah Moule, prior to their gig at The Verdict, Brighton on 4th November, 2017.     Simon Wallace is a seasoned composer, pianist, arranger and producer. He has performed all over the world and it’s been said that ‘when he plays the piano it’s as if there’s a…

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Gilad Atzmon Interview

    Back in 2009 Atzmon released his tribute to Charlie Parker on his album In Loving Memory of America, a collaboration with violinist and arranger Ros Stephen and the Sigamos String Quartet. Atzmon has collaborated with them again for his 2017 album The Spirit of Trane. “I really like working with strings and with Ros…

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Sara Dowling Interview

You’re appearing at Chichester Jazz Club on 17th November performing the music from George Shearing’s The Swingin’s Mutual.     I’m doing a lot of The Swingin’s Mutual but also some of the music that he did with Dakota Staton. Some bluesy stuff that she did with his quintet. Some of the quintet arrangements I arranged…

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Paul Booth Interview

You’re currently touring with Steve Winwood. How’s that going?     It’s going extremely well, thanks for asking. We are currently on a west coast USA tour and just a few nights ago played at the Hollywood Bowl, which was certainly one of this year’s highlights. I’ve been with Steve for over ten years now, we…

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Damon Brown Interview

Tell us about the gigs you’re doing at The Verdict on Friday 6th October and at Hastings Jazz Club on Tuesday 17th October.     “Yeah, I’ve got a Korean drummer, Kim Minchan, that I’ve played a lot with over the past three or four years. I’ve put a lot of gigs together in October partly…

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Laura Baker Interview

After a new refurbishment at The Verdict jazz club in Brighton, SJM editor Charlie Anderson sat down to talk to new café manager Laura Baker.   How did you get into jazz?     My parents were huge jazz fans. But of course, going back, that was something that I reacted against. My dad was a…