Monthly Archives: November 2013

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The Column: Eddie Myer – The Best of…2013

  “The level of commitment and the number of hours of sheer dedication required to play jazz to a good standard have not changed. Let’s be thankful for the spirit, the sheer fascination with jazz-and-related-musics that keeps people involved whatever the prevailing winds of fashion or technology may bring.” ~‘Jazz and Plumbing’ (Issue 6)  …

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Sophie Mason Interview

How did you get into jazz?     “I always enjoyed listening to music from an early age…any kind. There were no musicians in my family but my mother used to play Ravi Shankar records, some Fats Waller and mainly Mozart. So quite a mixture! At school I enjoyed being in a choir and started taking classical piano…

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Katy O’Neill Interview

Originally from Yorkshire, jazz pianist Katy O’Neill now lives in Brighton. She sat down with SJM editor Charlie Anderson to talk about her playing career and her love of teaching. How did you first get into playing music?     “When I was about seven or eight, a relative in my family died, and he was…

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Wayne McConnell Interview

Where are you from? I was born in Bedfordshire and grew up in a tiny village and raised by small woodland creatures. Actually,  I grew up surrounded by nature; large fields, forests, and angry farmers. Angry because we used to play and build tree-houses on their land. It was an idyllic place to grow up…

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Live Review: Paul Busby Big Band at The Brunswick

The Paul Busby Big Band The Brunswick, Hove 10/11/13 It’s always great to see big bands performing, particularly ones with both the creative energy and talent of this ensemble. Performing The East Sussex Jazz Suite, with all original music composed, arranged and introduced by Paul Busby, the ensemble featured some fantastic solo work from each…

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Live Review: Imogen Ryall at The Verdict

Imogen Ryall The Verdict, Brighton 15/11/13 One of the best jazz singers in Sussex performed at The Verdict to a small but dedicated audience, many of them students from the various vocal classes that she teaches. And this really was a masterclass in vocalese, where she successfully took on some of the advanced classics of…

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Live Review: Jim Mullen at JazzHastings

Jim Mullen Quartet JazzHastings, Hastings 19/11/13 Seeing guitarist Jim Mullen is always a treat and the good-humoured Scot was on fine form. On the same night that England were playing Germany at football, a respectable audience at JazzHastings saw Mullen playing standards such as You Stepped Out of a Dream, latin classic Only Trust Your…

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Live Review: The Verdict Jam Session

The Verdict Jam Session The Verdict, Brighton 20/11/13 Pianist Wayne McConnell, host of The Verdict jam session, is a big fan of the ‘Time No Changes’ Miles Davis era and recently saw Wayne Shorter performing at the London Jazz Festival. This shone through in an evening that featured the recurring theme ‘zero gravity’, together with…

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Benn Clatworthy at The Verdict

Benn Clatworthy with the John Donaldson Trio The Verdict, Brighton 22/11/13 This was yet another great evening of modern jazz at The Verdict with some terrific soloing by Sussex-based pianist John Donaldson. Clatworthy’s tenor playing was fiery at times and beautifully melodic during some delicate ballad renditions which had the audience on the edge of…