Monthly Archives: March 2014

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The Column: Eddie Myer – A Tale of Two Cities

    I was in New York last week on non-jazz related musical business and managed to find the time to drop into the Zinc Bar for one of their Tuesday night jam sessions, hosted by the outstanding pianist Orrin Evans. The jam session remains a popular format here in Brighton and it was interesting and…

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Frank Harrison Interview

How did you first get into jazz?     “On a family holiday when I was eleven we had a Billie Holiday tape on loop. I was really intrigued by the harmonies – they were just the right balance between accessible and unusual – and when I got home I sat at the piano and tried…

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Elaine Crouch and Helen MacDougal Interview

Vocalists Elaine Crouch and Helen MacDougal will be the first students to graduate from Chichester College’s new HND jazz course. Here they talk about the course and their upcoming gig.   How did you first start to get into jazz? Elaine: “Quite late actually!  Although I’ve always loved all kinds of music and had a…

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Ivo Neame Quintet Interviews

SJM editor Charlie Anderson interviews three members of the Ivo Neame Quintet: pianist Ivo Neame, saxophonist Tori Freestone and vibraphonist Jim Hart.   Ivo Neame How did the quintet come about?     “It came about because it's built on musical relationships that have been developed over a long period of time. I've been playing with Jim…

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Mattia Bourgis Interview

  Tell us a bit about yourself.     “I’m 35 years old and in my 20th year in music. I started in rock music but quickly I moved to playing blues. I was confused at that moment, so I learnt the music from the roots.”     “I studied music at a conservatory for classical music…

The Column: Eddie Myer – Paco de Lucía

    This week brought the sad news of the untimely passing of Paco de Lucía. In his native Spain he was a cultural figure of immense importance, and his uniquely successful career conferred such stature upon him that his fame had spread far beyond the confines of flamenco enthusiasts (admittedly a global constituency). I don’t…

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Mark Edwards Interview

Brighton pianist Mark Edwards talked to Charlie Anderson about his latest album, In Deep, and his ensemble Cloggz.   What first drew you to the piano as an instrument?     “I don’t remember a time when playing the piano was not a part of my daily life. It was there in the home. My dad loved…