Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Neil Cowley Interview

  Tell us about your latest album ‘Touch and Flee’ that was released in June.     “It’s what we’re calling our concert hall record. Having experienced as a band more and more the inviting acoustics of concert hall venues we felt we were destined to make a record that leant itself to being played in…

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An Introduction to…The Neil Cowley Trio

       A former child prodigy on the piano, Neil Cowley was expected to become a concert pianist, but as he grew older he was increasingly drawn to other styles of music and as a teenager he performed in soul cover bands and with singer-songwriters.      A little over ten years ago Neil…

An Introduction to…Gregory Porter
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An Introduction to…Gregory Porter

  Gregory Porter was born in Los Angeles but was raised in Bakersfield, listening to his mother’s records of Nat King Cole which inspired him to begin singing. He attended San Diego State University on a sports scholarship but had to retire from sport due to a shoulder injury. Instead he turned to music and…

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Claire Martin OBE Interview

  It’s a busy time for Claire Martin OBE. Her new album is due for release and is receiving rave reviews. She is also, with local musician Julian Nicholas, forging ahead with plans for the first South Coast Jazz Festival to be held in January next year. On a rare morning at home, I visited…

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Dylan Howe Interview

Tell us about your latest album Subterranean.     It's a redesign of some of my favourite music by David Bowie. Low and Heroes were two albums I really liked as a teenager and thought might work being adapted for improvising musicians / jazz – if we have to use that word – with the added…

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Thomas Strønen Interview

  Hi Thomas. Tell us about the new CD that you have coming out on ECM.     “Food will release its 8th record in January 2015. It´ll be our third on ECM and it will celebrate a change in the band’s direction. We´ve been going since 1998. In order to stay musically fit and fresh,…

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Ian Price: A Tribute by Eddie Myer

      This magazine’s April Issue 17 carried interviews with two remarkable saxophonists. Tony Kofi’s name will be familiar to jazz fans across Europe and America, and can be found in his biography printed alongside those of Sam Rivers, Andrew Hill and Ornette Coleman. Ian Price’s name is less well known, but eminently deserves a…