Monthly Archives: December 2013

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Swinging Season

    Music is an integral part of Christmas, of course, from the ii-V-I cadences of Silent Night to the modal God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, but generally jazz and traditional Christmas festivities can be a bit of an uneasy fit. Jazz’s roots in New Orleans would link it to Mardi Gras, suggesting that Easter is…

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Adrian Kendon Interview

Adrian Kendon recently celebrated his 70th birthday with a party at The Verdict jazz club in Brighton. Performing on stage were Bobby Wellins, Geoff Simkins, Julian Nicholas, Terry Seabrook, Paul Whitten and Spike Wells together with a host of other players, including his trumpeter son, Jack Kendon. Here Adrian shares his memories of a life…

Review of 2013

We asked musicians and jazz fans across Sussex for their highlights from 2013.   Charlie Anderson Drummer and vibes player Charlie Anderson is the editor-in-chief of Sussex Jazz Magazine. What was your highlight of 2013? The biggest highlight for me, other than starting up Sussex Jazz Magazine, was the Love Supreme Festival in July. Seeing…

Live Review: Claire Martin at The Old Market

Claire Martin with The Montpellier Cello Quartet, supported by Cloggz The Old Market, Hove Thursday 19th December 2013          Raising money for Brighton Women’s Centre, this special evening began with support act Cloggz, directed by pianist Mark Edwards.     Performing some hauntingly beautiful cinematic music, such as the themes from The Mission and…

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The Column: Terry Pack – The View From The Bottom

Comping bass solos: some suggestions for pianists, guitarists and drummers       Something that rarely gets discussed (until after the first set on a gig, occasionally) is what kind of accompaniment the bass player would like behind his/her solos. When it  comes to accompanying singers and soloists, pianists and guitarists usually have the support of a…

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John Lake Interview

Editor Charlie Anderson sat down with Brighton pianist John Lake who released his trio album Up On The Downs earlier this year.   What big bands do you play in at the moment?     “Three, at the moment. The Dave Masters Big Band that’s been going for thirty years. I haven’t been in it for…

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Joss Peach Interview

I wanted to interview Brighton pianist and educator Joss Peach but he had to rush off to be a dog so I emailed him some questions. Here are his responses.   You always look happy and relaxed when you are performing. Is this something you’ve had to work on or does it just occur naturally?…

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Jenny Wilcox Interview

Tell us about your upbringing. “I was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1951, and grew up mainly in Epsom.  We lived on the Downs, in a golf club, and there was a grand piano in the members' room that I loved to sit at when the place was closed. There was no music played at…