Monthly Archives: September 2013

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Free Admission

This year’s stupendous Love Supreme Festival line-up presented it’s audience with a commendably catholic interpretation of Jazz as the genre is understood today. There was one notable absence from the feast however … the bookers didn’t feel that a truly comprehensive overview of what’s happening in jazz-and-related-musics needed to include any players from the Free…

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A Brief History of Jazz Photography

  In the early days of jazz,  musicians went to photographic studios to pose for pictures. During the 1920s there was a craze for ‘doing something zany’, so some of the photos involved musicians doing unusual things, kind of like a still version of the Harlem Shake.     Other than the posed group photographs,…

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Jazz Images by Sussex Photographers

The Jazz Images of  Mike Guest         “Every picture should tell a story and with that in mind, when I set out to produce an image, I try very hard to capture a feeling of the sound being produced as well as the musician performing it. Sounds a bit funky I know, sometimes…

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John Easterby Interview

Sussex Jazz Mag editor Charlie Anderson sat down with John Easterby to talk about food, photography and jazz.    With a long and distinguished career in the photographic industry, John Easterby has recently taken on the job of chef at The Verdict cafe in Brighton. I started our conversation by asking him how it all…

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Jam Sessions: The Verdict

The Sussex Jazz Mag interrogates Wayne McConnell about the Wednesday night jam at The Verdict.   How did it start out?     “The Jam started as an integrated gig for Brighton Jazz School Students.  My trio played each week with special guests (my friends from the local scene).  Eventually more and more people kept coming…

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Jazz Photography Tips from Mike Guest

Experienced photographer Mike Guest gives tips to readers on how they can best photograph jazz musicians in their native habitat.   I think most dedicated photographers have this insatiable appetite for seeing and capturing the image wherever and whenever that might be. I have been behind a camera on and off for close on fifty…

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A Brief History of Gypsy Jazz

    The history of gypsy jazz begins with Django Reinhardt, though many would argue that gypsy jazz is Django Reinhardt.     Django was born in 1910 into a Manouche-Romany family and although born in Belgium, Django spent most of his childhood in the gypsy camps on the outskirts of Paris where he learnt to play…