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Helena Kay Interview

Scottish saxophonist Helena Kay won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year in 2015 and talks to Charlie Anderson about her debut album, Moon Palace.   What inspired you to play the saxophone? I started on piano because my dad and grandad played, then violin because that is what was offered at my primary…

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Jonny Mansfield Interview

Vibraphonist Jonny Mansfield grew up in the village of Shepley, near Huddersfield in a musical household. “Both of my parents are musical, they’re peripatetic music teachers for Kirklees and Rotherham Music Services. My mum plays oboe and my dad plays bass trombone. I’ve got two older brothers, the oldest plays trombone and the middle one…

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Hilary Burt Interview

How would you describe the music of ‘Hilary Burt’s Blue Calluna’? My compositions come from a knowledge of jazz and jazz harmony but my writing also has elements of latin, funk and folk. I decided that the most accurate genre is ‘jazz-folk’ but even that doesn’t fit many of my tunes.  I never think about…

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Tom Barford Interview

Saxophonist Tom Barford was the 2017 winner of the Kenny Wheeler Prize and part of the award was the chance to record an album for the Edition record label. The result is his acclaimed debut album, released in August this year, entitled Bloomer, which was produced by Iain Ballamy. Tom started getting into music at…

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Lorraine Baker Interview

Tell us a bit about how you got into playing drums. I started playing the drums quite late for a kid really. I started in secondary school when I was 12. I was lucky to be taught by Dave White who ran an amateur swing band, so when I got a bit more advanced, he…

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Paul Nieman Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to One World Orchestra’s trombonist and musical director, Paul Nieman, about the band’s development and their upcoming concert at Brighton Unitarian Church.   How did you first get involved with One World Orchestra? “Well, I was in Paul Busby’s Big Band for a long time, in fact since the beginning…

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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,…