Monthly Archives: April 2015

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Courting Controversy

      The unexpected cancellation of The Orient House Ensemble’s March 5th gig at the Royal Northern College of Music provoked a spectrum of reactions, all duly registered across social-media land. Jazz gigs are sadly prone to cancellations due to poor pre-sales or the vagaries of promoters and venue owners, but this was a rather…

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Marius Neset interview

Saxophonist Marius Neset, who released his fifth album this year, discusses his approach to writing his own material.   Tell us about your latest album Pinball. How did it come about and what was your inspiration?     “I went to a cottage in the Norwegian mountains in January 2014, and started playing around with a…

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Jenny Green interview

  Vocalist Jenny Green has been active in the South Coast jazz scene for a few years now. She took time out to talk to SJM about all of her activities, including her latest album Caught a Touch of Your Love.   How did you first get into singing?     “From a very young age…

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Soweto Kinch interview

How would you describe the kind of music that you play?      “I try not to confine myself too much to genres, but my principle influences are jazz and hip hop. It involves a lot of improvisation, social commentary and having a good time.”   Who are your influences and how have you been able…

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Eric Ford interview

In-demand drummer Eric Ford has been performing with the contemporary jazz trio Partikel, and with vocalist Val Wiseman, as well gigging with top players on the London jazz scene. SJM editor Charlie Anderson sat down to chat with him, shortly before he appeared with Matt Wates at The Verdict in Brighton.   How did you…

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Big Band Scene (April 2015)

  Saxophonist Patrick Billingham begins his new monthly column with a look at The Sussex Jazz Orchestra and The Brighton Big Band.   This is the first of what I hope is to be a regular monthly column relating to big bands based in Sussex.  I shall start by defining what I mean by a…

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The Snowdrop Jazz Night, Lewes (April 2015)

The Snowdrop Jazz Night, Lewes Hosted by Terry Seabrook on keys with various featured guests and sidemen. Free admission (collection taken towards running expenses). Great beers and top nosh. The Snowdrop Inn, 119 South St, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2BU Tel:01273 471018   Monday 6th April Lou Beckerman with Terry Seabrook on piano  & Steve…

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Album Review: Steve Thompson’s Evidence Bag

Album Review Steve Thompson: Evidence Bag   (STRBCD2015)     Steve is of course well known locally for being part of the superb rhythm section at Smalls Jazz Club, but he has many other strings to his bow.     For this CD he has gathered around him some like minded musicians: Tim Wells on B3 Hammond…

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Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman reviewed by Jasmine Sharif

Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman St. George’s Church, Brighton Saturday 14th March 2015       An enormous Yamaha piano glints in the shaft of light from a stained-glass window and a single spotlight picks out mosaic tiles on the floor.   There is an expectant hush but also a contained excitement.  The atmosphere of a…