Monthly Archives: April 2014

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Paying Dues

    Spring has arrived, bringing with it the usual panoply of rabbits, lambs, blossom, and, if you’re lucky, seasonal feelings of optimism and renewal. With regards to this last, it’s also brought me a communication from the Musician’s Union regarding their standard pay scale. Those of us engaged in gleaning what we can from the…

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Charlotte Glasson Interview

Multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson grew up in Brighton and joined Ian Hamer’s Sussex Youth Orchestra as a teenager. Having recorded her sixth album, Festivus, she is now preparing for a UK tour starting in Brighton.   How do you describe the music you play?     “I would say it's a mixed bag as I have loads…

Jazz News (April 2014)

    The phrase ‘not much jazz on this year’ is becoming an annual complaint about Brighton Festival. To counteract this omission, Verdict club owner Andy Lavender has seized the initiative and organised his own Verdict Jazz Festival throughout May.     The programme features extra comedy evenings as well as gigs on Sunday evenings, with the…

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Sara Oschlag Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to vocalist Sara Oschlag about her latest album, My Little Boat.   Why the title My Little Boat?          “On February 19, 2013, five months after saying: ‘Living on a boat would be amazing!’, Dan Sheppard (double bass player and my other half) and I moved onto…

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Album Review: Sara Oschlag – My Little Boat

    Starting with a hard-hitting Coltrane-esque rendition of The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, this album grabs you from the very beginning.     The rubato introduction to Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most shows the colourful palette of both drummer Dave Trigwell and pianist Mark Edwards. The bright latin feel also features some…

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Album Review: Nick Belcher – Shadows

    This album is very much a personal journey featuring all original songs from Nick Belcher,  with each song telling its own story.     The stand out track for me is the Cuban-tinged On The Wing with some energetic soloing from Kent-based pianist Frances Knight and some tight, confident drumming by Winston Clifford.     The…

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Lou Beckerman Interview

How did the album come about?     “It’s been ten years since I wrote and produced my first album – before I started studying and singing jazz. This was successful in its genre, but after some years on my jazz journey (and with vocal adjustments, including taming the vib!) it seemed timely to produce a…