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The Cloggz Interview

    The Cloggz were formed around five years ago, and grew out of the Jazz Charity Roar Ups that were hosted by pianist Mark Edwards at The Brunswick in Hove. “I just had this idea for this tango line up with the accordion, clarinet and violin for a while and then meeting Ben Sarfas (the…

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Nat Steele Interview

    Vibraphonist, drummer and percussionist Nat Steele grew up in a house full of music, and got into jazz through his saxophonist father.     “The jazz thing really came from my dad who has a big jazz record collection. Obviously, being a saxophone player he had loads and loads of saxophone players, on vinyl. As…

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Charenee Wade Interview

Who have been your biggest influences as a vocalist? My biggest influences growing up definitely included Betty Carter, Dianne Reeves, Sarah Vaughan, Cassandra Wilson, Carmen McRae.   Where did the idea come from to do an album of Gil Scott-Heron’s music?  The idea came from Mark Ruffin. He had produced a Gil Scott-Heron record before,…

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Camilla George Interview

How did you first get into music?     “I was really interested in saxophone from quite a young age and I won a music competition when I was eleven and I got saxophone lessons and a saxophone. From then on I discovered Tomorrow’s Warriors, and particularly Gary Crosby. They really were the force behind getting…

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Jon Shenoy Interview

    Saxophonist and composer Jon Shenoy first formed Draw By Four around six years ago as “a Hammond organ band with a difference” but last year faced the possibility of the project falling by the wayside. “The original members were Will Bartlett, who still plays in it now, Kris Borring who is a Danish guitarist…

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Geoff Simkins Interview

Saxophonist and jazz educator Geoff Simkins has just recorded his latest album. He met with Charlie Anderson at The Verdict in Brighton where he performs on Sunday 18th June.   Geoff Simkins releases his latest album in June, a trio album with pianist Nikki Illes and bassist Dave Green. “Nikki and I have done some…

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Geoffrey Keezer Interview

What did you learn from performing with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and then with Ray Brown? One of the key things I learned was how to pace a musical set. Both Art and Ray were in tune with the energy and needs of each audience we played for. They could sense if we needed to…

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Sam Leak Interview

Are there any favourite albums that you listened to over and over when you were younger? How much younger are we talking? As a kid I listened to David Bowie all the time. When I was getting into Jazz I loved ‘Blue Trane’, ‘Speak No Evil’, ‘Portrait in Jazz’ and ‘Four and More’. When I…

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Oli Howe Interview

Pianist Oli Howe, 36, is originally from Surrey. SJM editor Charlie Anderson began by asking him what first brought him to Brighton.     “I came here when I was 32 for the music scene, really, and to play jazz properly with people that were good at it, and lots of them. I was living in…

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Kit Downes Interview

Tell us about your group ENEMY.     “It’s a trio of myself, Petter Eldh and James Maddren where me and Petter write the music. The music is all quite rhythmic, quite intense. It’s about creating quite difficult forms but still trying to be free on them. Petter uses a lot of hip hop influences and…