Monthly Archives: May 2014

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Playing on the Barricades

    Whatever your own particular political persuasion, you should perhaps be grateful to the motley crew over at UKIP for galvanising widespread interest in the upcoming Euro elections, a poll most of us have traditionally been happy to ignore completely. Now that their lead in the polls has translated into election results despite their candidates’…

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Tribute: Spirit of Love – Simon D’souza

  Simon D’souza, the highly regarded saxophonist, composer, arranger, performer, multi-instrumentalist, session musician, educator and all-round great guy was an inspirational figure in the local jazz scene. Pianist and friend Wayne McConnell pays tribute to Simon D’souza, who passed away on Monday 19th May, 2014.       Where can you begin with a man as…

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Cecilia Stalin Interview

For the first of our Love Supreme Festival previews, SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to Swedish jazz vocalist Cecilia Stalin at the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank.   Do you ever dance when there isn’t any music playing? Yeah, 'cos I sing! Do you ever have music in your head? Absolutely. I’ll start…

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Jason Henson Interview

Currently promoting his latest album, Jason Henson Plays Wes and Benson, guitarist Jason Henson talks to editor Charlie Anderson about the album and how he got into playing jazz.   So the album came about, I’m guessing, because you’re a big fan of George Benson and Wes Montgomery?     “Yeah, they’re two of my favourites….

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Live Review: Mornington Lockett at The Verdict

Mornington Lockett The Verdict, Brighton Friday 16th May     Former Ronnie Scott sideman Mornington Lockett performed at The Verdict with an all-star band including local drummer Spike Wells who was joined by his old friend pianist John Critchinson, who turns 80 later this year, and young(er) bassist Jeremy Brown.      After ‘Critch’ counted in The…

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Live Review: Joss Peach’s Full Circle at The Verdict

Joss Peach’s Full Circle The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 24th May, 2014          Pianist Joss Peach began by dedicating the evenings performance to the late Simon D’souza and explained that the first set would consist entirely of Thelonious Monk tunes. There were some fantastic performances of Monk’s Dream, Blue Monk and Bemsha Swing amongst…

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Guest Column: Dan Sheppard – Depping

    Since I'm depping for Eddie, and writing this column at short-notice, I'm going to talk about the minefield that is musical depping. Firstly, I should probably explain what "depping" is. The word is a shortened version of the word "deputy", and essentially means covering for another musician who may be ill or had to…

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Bjorn McAteer Dahlberg Interview

Saxophonist Björn McAteer Dahlberg is currently appearing in the stage play My Friend Lester at The Dukebox Theatre. He met with SJM editor Charlie Anderson at The Bee’s Mouth.       After seeing Björn in the play My Friend Lester, I arranged to meet him at The Bee’s Mouth pub in Hove. As we walked…