Monthly Archives: December 2015

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The Column: Eddie Myer – The New Thing

    These are testing times for new artists. In the early 2010s (Twenty-teens?) you could read any number of articles announcing the dawning of a new era for the music business. Self-promotion would be the way of the future – musicians would be empowered to build their own careers, recording at home on their sleek,…

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John Law interview

Acclaimed pianist John Law talks to Charlie Anderson about his latest project set around Bach’s Goldberg Variations.   Tell us about your latest project, performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations. How did that come about?     “Because I’m originally from classical music, Bach is something that I play pretty much every day. For me it’s like praying…

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Robin Blakeman Interview

Multi-reeds player and arranger Robin Blakeman has recently collaborated with vocalist Tina May. Here he talks about his life in music. [Photo: Robin Blakeman with James Moody]   Tell us how you first got into music.     “I was raised in the Anglo-Catholic religion (though now I have none) and my love for music originates from…

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Big Band Scene (Dec. 2015)

Saxophonist Patrick Billingham continues his monthly column with a look at The Seaford Rock & Jazz Orchestra and Saxshop.       The end is nigh. Of 2015, that is. Bands are preparing for the festive season. Christmassy charts not played for the best part of twelve months are dusted down for their annual appearance. After…

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THE SNOWDROP JAZZ NIGHT, LEWES (DECEMBER 2015)

Hosted by Terry Seabrook on keys with various featured guests and sidemen. 8-10:30pm 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 30th November Quentin Collins (trumpet) With Terry Seabrook, piano; Nigel Thomas, bass; Milo Fell, drums….

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The Nightingale Room Jazz Sessions (Dec. 2015)

The Nightingale Room Jazz Sessions 29-30 Surrey Street, Brighton, BN1 3PA A monthly session of great jazz at this great new venue featuring top line guests backed by great rhythm sections. Our Christmas special is on Dec 22nd and then we continue with the last Tuesday in Jan, Feb, March and April.   All sessions…

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Dave Green & Steve Brown at Smalls reviewed by John Edwards

Dave Green, Steve Brown, Mark Edwards, Piers Clark Quartet Small Jazz Club, Caxton Arms, Brighton www.smallsjazzbrighton.com Thursday 29th October 2015   A perfect evening of jazz with everyone’s favourite rhythm section of Dave Green on double bass & Steve Brown on drums and led by Mark Edwards on piano. Mark Edwards is without doubt one…

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Alan Barnes & Steve Waterman reviewed by John Edwards

Alan Barnes and Steve Waterman Red Lion, 92-94 Linkfield Road, Isleworth TW7 6QJ Monday 23rd November 2015 Alan Barnes alto, Steve Waterman trumpet & flugelhorn, John Pearce piano, Paul Morgan bass, Trevor Tomkins drums. The Red Lion gigs are run by Trevor Tomkins every Monday evening and are FREE admission. Check the programme on Jazz…

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Nikki Iles & Karen Sharp reviewed by John Edwards

Nikki Iles & Karen Sharp Cambridge Jazz Festival, The Hidden Rooms,  7B, Jesus Lane, Cambridge (below Pizza Express) Wednesday 25th November 2015 As part of the festival (Nov. 19th – Nov. 29th), Karen Sharp spoke at length about her musical career to date and more particularly regarding the degree she is currently in the process…