Monthly Archives: February 2015

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Mike Walker Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson caught up with guitarist Mike Walker, already busy touring with fellow guitarist Stuart McCallum, ahead of The Impossible Gentleman’s latest UK and European tour.       Mike Walker formed The Impossible Gentlemen back in 2010 with Gwilym Simcock, Steve Swallow and Adam Nussbaum. After a brief tour they released their debut…

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Simon Spillett Interview

On what would have been the 80th birthday of British jazz legend Tubby Hayes we talk to saxophonist and writer Simon Spillett about his upcoming gigs celebrating the music of Tubby, as well as his many other activities.   Hi Simon, so you’re performing at The Verdict in Brighton on Friday 20th February. Tell us…

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Chris Garrick Interview

Violinist Chris Garrick studied at the Royal Academy of Music before pursuing a successful solo career, releasing numerous albums, including the acclaimed 2013 album When The World Stopped For Snow with John Etheridge and Liane Carroll. Here he talks to Charlie Anderson about his plans for 2015.   Tell us about the gig that you’re…

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Gabriel Garrick Interview

SJM columnist and bassist Eddie Myer recently caught up with trumpeter Gabriel Garrick between sets at the Bristol Bar where he was sitting in at Jack Kendon's regular Thursday night gig.   Hi Gabriel. Your father Michael was an important and influential jazz musician. What was it like growing up in such a musical family?…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Storm in a Snare Drum

      If you haven’t seen Whiplash yet, we strongly urge you to do so, if only to furnish yourself  with an opinion to add to the already heated discussion that the movie has provoked amid fans and practitioners of jazz-and-related-music. We’ll avoid any spoilers by saying merely that it’s a fictional account of the…

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Film Review: Whiplash reviewed by Terry Seabrook

Whiplash Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Directed by Damien Chazelle. Sony Pictures (2014). On general release.   Warning: This film has a strong component of jazz (and jazz education) in the story line.     Whiplash has had rave reviews from the regular critics and been popular with audiences. (It received a score of 95%…

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Review of the South Coast Jazz Festival 2015

Claire Martin Vocal Workshop South Coast Jazz Festival Friday 23rd January 2015   Lou Beckerman sat in as an observer at Claire Martin’s South Coast Jazz Festival Vocal Workshop and here gives a review: Claire Martin doesn’t do a great deal of teaching so this SCJF Vocal Workshop was a brilliant opportunity for twelve singer…

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Remi Harris Project at The Brunswick, Hove

Remi Harris Project Wednesday 14th January 2015 The Brunswick, Hove   What a way to kick off the new year. My first gig. Until about a month ago I must admit I had not even heard of Remi Harris. What an error! The compact room at the Brunswick pub provided the ideal intimate surroundings for…

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Elaine Delmar at The Hawth in Crawley

Vocalist Elaine Delmar was born into a musical family, her Dad a jazz trumpeter with an extensive record collection of classic jazz vocalists. It was this environment that nurtured her love of the American Songbook and Elaine performing a series of composer tributes to the likes of Gershwin and Cole Porter. Performing from a young age…

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Laura Jurd: Human Spirit at The Verdict in Brighton

Laura Jurd Septet Friday 23rd January 2015 The Verdict, Brighton   This was an evening of original music by 24 year old trumpeter Laura Jurd, graduate of NYJO and Trinity Laban. All of the music was part of her Human Spirit project, music commissioned by Serious for the 2013 London Jazz Festival and now recorded…