Monthly Archives: August 2015

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THE COLUMN: EDDIE MYER – THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS

The Goldberg Variations          August approaches heralding scenes of frantic activity as all manner of desk-jockeys and freelancers belabour their computer keyboards to try and meet their deadlines before the start of the holiday season. It’s an equivocal season for jazz musicians; gig attendances may fall as jazz clubs struggle to compete with…

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Tina May interviewed by Lou Beckerman

     Jazz vocalist Tina May talks to Lou Beckerman about her life in jazz… Tina May is a highly versatile jazz vocalist and recording artist with a phenomenally busy international career. I first met her about six years ago. Since then I’ve encountered only a huge sincerity, generosity of spirit, sharing and fun in…

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BIG BAND SCENE (August 2015)

Big Band Scene Saxophonist Patrick Billingham continues his monthly column with a look at Big Band Sounds and The Downbeat Swing Band.       When setting up a big band, there is rarely any problem in recruiting saxophone players.  Other musicians may be harder to find.   The rhythm section is the essential component.  Ideally,…

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THE SNOWDROP JAZZ NIGHT, LEWES (August 2015)

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 3rd August Mark Bassey With Terry Seabrook, organ and Alex Eberhard, drums. Trombonist Mark, of course,…

Tina May Vocal Workshop reviewed by Lou Beckerman

Lou Beckerman reviews Tina May’s vocal workshop hosted by Brighton Jazz School   Tina May is an obvious enthusiast when it comes to sharing her knowledge. The workshop was well-attended with twenty-three vocalists of varying levels of experience attracted by an advertised afternoon programme covering: Scat syllables Interpretation and phrasing Importance of knowing the form…

Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Quintet reviewed by Jasmine Sharif

Ronnie Scott’s All Stars Quintet Connaught Theatre, Worthing Thursday 18th June, 2015       “Music is the real way of speaking: all the rest is filling in time between gigs”.  Against a constant visual backdrop of old Soho, this band carry with them an almost mythical quality, but in introducing classic tunes and images made…