Daily Archives: August 1, 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 (Aug. 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,…

Jazz Education Review: Tina May Vocal Workshop

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…

Live Review: Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2015

Love Supreme Jazz Festival Glynde Place, Sussex Friday 3rd -Sunday 5th July, 2015           A treasure trove of jazz, funk and blues, with a glowing heart of soul, sprinkled with a dash of the avant-garde, sounds unlikely in the middle of the Sussex countryside. But it’s true:  overnight, a magic city of yellow…

Live Review: Mark Bassey Trio at All Saints Church

Mark Bassey Trio All Saints Church, Hove Wednesday 8th July 2015, 1pm       With gentle latin tunes such as Triste flowing gently across the large, beautiful All Saints church, Mark Bassey’s trio brought a relaxing and mellow experience to a warm summer’s day in Hove.     Joined by bassist Dave Whitford and guitarist Colin…