Monthly Archives: October 2013

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The Column: Eddie Myer – The Wisdom of Phronesis

    The  Brighton Jazz Club ran at the Komedia for a number of years before rising charges forced them out, to the welcoming sanctuary of the Verdict. One of the last gigs I saw before the move was Jasper Høiby’s redoubtable Phronesis. They started right off the bat with a furious yet utterly controlled intensity…

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Liane Carroll Interview

LOU BECKERMAN IN CONVERSATION WITH LIANE CARROLL   World-class jazz vocalist, pianist and composer Liane Carroll has been interviewed at length in the media and yet I received a characteristically warm response (‘Yes, yes and thrice yes, darling’) to my request for this interview from a singer’s perspective.    I went to meet her in…

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Imogen Ryall Interview

Imogen Ryall has recently been making a name for herself performing and teaching around Sussex. Editor of The Sussex Jazz Mag, Charlie Anderson, and aspiring jazz vocalist Anabel Alegre sat down with her to talk about her love of jazz, her love of teaching and her development as a musician.   Charlie: How did you…

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Sara Oschlag: Letter from America

I don't remember choosing music. I think it must've chosen me. I grew up in Copenhagen in a slightly chaotic home. My parents were unhappy back then. My two sisters had left home at about 15 & 16, which was when I was born. I felt like an only child but I did have my…

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Live Review: Geoff Simkins at The Snowdrop

Geoff Simkins, Imogen Ryall, Terry Seabrook & Alex Eberhard The Snowdrop, Lewes 14/10/13 This unusual combination of musicians (alto sax, voice, organ and drums) performed a collection of well arranged standards with Imogen Ryall also doubling as a second front-line instrument with her scat singing mimicking a trumpet. Saxophonist Geoff Simkins performed a beautiful trio…

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Live Review: Jack Kendon at The Verdict

Jack Kendon Sextet The Verdict, 19/10/13 Saxophonist Will Gardner, playing on the first couple of numbers, left early to go to another gig, leaving it to trombonist Tarik Mecci and trumpeter Jack Kendon to play the lead parts of some classic hard bop arrangements. The musicians in the audience might have noticed the occasional tuning…

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Live Review: Nigel Price at The Ancient Mariner

Nigel Price/Terry Seabrook/Nigel Thomas The Ancient Mariner, Hove 24/10/13 Guitarist Nigel Price, a former Brighton resident, has been wowing audiences at Ronnie Scotts and recently returned to perform at The Verdict whilst on tour with Gary Smulyan. And, of course, ‘the other Nigel’, bassist Nigel Thomas, has been doing this gig with previous guests that…

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Live Review: Preston/Glasgow/Lowe at The Verdict

Preston/Glasgow/Lowe/Lockrane The Verdict, Brighton 25/10/13   The contemporary jazz trio of guitarist David Preston, six-string bassist Kevin Glasgow, and drummer Laurie Lowe embarked on their UK tour with a sensational gig at The Verdict with guest virtuoso flautist Gareth Lockrane. The trio could easily garner comparison with the likes of The Neil Cowley Trio and…