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The Column: Eddie Myer – Comrade Swing

    Look at the wider world today, both abroad and at home, and you find yourself inundated with depressing headlines recording a global situation in which chronic divisions are increasingly being exploited and exacerbated by a political realm in which the best seem to lack all conviction, while the worst are unfortunately fuller than ever…

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Amy Roberts interview

SJM: You’ve played a wide range of jazz styles, from the Chris Barber Band to Terence Blanchard’s The Inner City Ensemble. What’s your favourite style of jazz? Amy Roberts: I’m really open minded when it comes to styles of jazz, and in fact music full stop. My journey into jazz started with big band jazz…

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Al Scott Interview

Did the piano happen first or did you get into jazz first?     “No. It was originally piano lessons with a guy called Mr. Payne, who everybody in the local area went to. And that was like £2 for half an hour. So that was in a kind of straight-laced way and then he passed…

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Julian Marc Stringle Interview

You’ve played with a long list of jazz legends, who have been your favourites?     “As a teenager I was privileged to play with some great British players:  George Chisholm, Martin Drew, Tony Lee, Acker Bilk, Bruce Turner etc. Later, I worked with Kenny Baker, Kenny Ball, Jim Mullen, Sir John Dankworth & Cleo Laine. I…

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Dave Drake Interview

    The first thing that strikes you about pianist Dave Drake is his sheer enthusiasm, and not just for music, but for life. This optimism shines through when he discusses his biggest passion.      “Jazz is such an expression of hope. It’s an expression of triumph over suffering. When I hear Louis Armstrong I…

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Dennis Rollins Interview

What have you learnt from your time performing with Maceo Parker?     “It was an honour to have spent 8 year working with Maceo ‘the funkiest saxophone player in the world!’ There, I learnt the nuances of instrumental funk performance. The slurs between notes that give a musical phrase a ‘greasy’ feel, learning about the…

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Kevin Le Gendre Interview

What do jazz writers contribute to the music? I can only speak for myself, of course, but my role is to discuss the music as insightfully as possible.  Whether reviewing albums or gigs or interviewing artists the golden rule is to treat the music with respect, and that means expressing negative as well as positive…

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Dave Drake Interview [full transcript]

How did you first get into jazz? Well, I’m very blessed with a very culturally-endowed kind of family. My dad has always been really really into jazz, although he wasn't a musician himself he was mostly involved in the theatre. But I had lots of music in the house, lots of vinyl and I’d pick…

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Alex Hitchcock Interview

How did you get into jazz?     “A heady combination of Coleman Hawkins and Joshua Redman was my first exposure to the saxophone. If that was reflected in my playing even in a small way I’d be very happy! I told a sort of half-truth early on about being able to read chord symbols so…

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Annie Lightly Interview

Tell us about your new album.  How did it come about?     “The album seemed to come out of nowhere, complete with track list. I could even ‘hear’ the musicians who would be involved. (Thank goodness they agreed to play on it.)”     “I’m struggling to answer the question without saying something about my life….