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Binker Golding Interview

Interview conducted by Charlie Anderson.   Tell us about the Binker Golding Band. On piano is Joe Armon-Jones, on double bass is Dan Casimir and on drums is Sam Jones. They all appear on the album and it’s just the four of us on the whole thing. Generally, when we do live shows it’s that…

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Preview: Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival

SJM editor Charlie Anderson preview the Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival, 2018. Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival returns this year with a programme of varied music that embraces free jazz, minimalism and contemporary jazz at four different venues across Brighton. The festival begins on 4th October at The Verdict with a performance by British saxophonist Trevor Watts,…

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Gary Crosby Interview

In 1951, Jamaican-born music lover Lee Gopthal, part of the Windrush generation, arrived in England and, frustrated by the lack of Jamaican music in Britain, opened up a chain of record stores. In 1968 he joined forces with Chris Blackwell (of Island Records) and set up Trojan Records as a way of distributing Jamaican music…

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Skinny Pelembe Interview

Doncaster musician Skinny Pelembe spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   Tell us about your influences. The first thing that I was really into was hip hop. My brothers are, like, ten years older than me so they have massive heads for that, they’re really into it, properly. So I got that second-hand, even though…

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Jean Toussaint Interview

    Saxophonist Jean Toussaint proudly proclaims to be a ‘Jazz Messenger for life’ and this is reflected in his performing, as he helps keep the tradition alive through his extensive teaching and bringing younger players through. Like many former Jazz Messengers, he’s grateful for his time with the band. “It was one of those experiences…

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Sue Richardson Interview

    Trumpeter and vocalist Sue Richardson is best known for her Chet Baker tribute show, Too Cool, that interweaved a biographical narrative with classic tunes he’s associated with, together with some of his less well-known compositions. The successful show resulted in a critically acclaimed album released back in 2013. For her new show she’s chosen…

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Clare Teal Interview

Award winning vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about her upcoming performance at the Rye International Jazz Festival and running her own record label.   You’re performing at Rye Jazz Festival this year. Have you played there before?     “We played there a couple of years ago in…

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Dan Sheppard Interview

Double bassist Dan Sheppard spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about his beginnings in jazz, The Jazz Agency and his plans for the future.   How did you get into jazz?     “It was my parents fault; they had a really good record collection. I got used to the sound of it when I was…

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Interview: Justin McKenzie of Jazz Re:freshed

Jazz Re:freshed began in 2003 as a weekly live music event but soon grew into a larger arts organisation that helps promote the younger generation of jazz artists through educational work, a record label and its annual summer festival, Jazz Re:Fest which comes to Brighton Dome on Sunday 22nd July. SJM Editor Charlie Anderson spoke…