Monthly Archives: January 2016

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The Column: Eddie Myer – New Grass

    As the Sussex Jazz Magazine enters its third year, it’s gratifying to see how the scene that inspired its inception is still busy enough to keep it supplied with copy. 2015 was a great year for jazz-and-related-musics in the Sussex area, and 2016 promises a range of delights to come.     Sadly but inevitably,…

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Arun Ghosh Interview

Clarinettist Arun Ghosh discusses his music, ahead of his appearance at the 2016 South Coast Jazz Festival this month.   Did you always want to be a clarinettist?     “I always wanted to be a musician, ever since I started playing the recorder at primary school! I got the bug, played it all the time…

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Alex Garnett Interview

Charlie Anderson: I last interviewed you a year ago, what have you been doing since? Alex Garnett: “Hi Charlie, nice to talk to you again. Since we last spoke I’ve been busy, I feel blessed. Apart from a myriad of one-offs and rent jobs, I'm a regular part of the Ronnie Scott's team and I have…

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2016)

Saxophonist Patrick Billingham continues his monthly column with a roundup of the big bands that will be performing across Sussex in 2016.       Happy New Year.  Now’s the time to make a list of resolutions. Or not, as the case may be.  If I were to make a list, I suppose it might include…

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New Generation Jazz Update

    The New Generation Jazz project is now a quarter of the way through its year-long residency at The Verdict, on a mission to promote the next generation of rising young players and energise the city’s jazz scene.      The season kicked off in style in October with the inaugural gig featuring Gary Crosby’s Groundation….

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Live Review: Amy Roberts & Richard Exall Quintet

Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet The Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne Friday 11th December 2015       A very happy way to end another year of attending and photographing jazz gigs. Five talented and versatile musicians playing tribute to such luminaries as Earl Bostic, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Chopin (yes!), Sergio Mendes, Dizzy Gillespie, and…

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Album Review: Paul Kimber & Phil Merriman

Paul Kimber & Phil Merriman  Duos, Duets and Duels   Paul Kimber (bass), Phil Merriman (piano)   Jazz Records JRCD115 Available from www.jazzrecords.co.uk       Despite being pioneered by no less than Duke Ellington and his prodigious sideman Jimmy Blanton, the bass and piano duet is a rarely encountered format in jazz, or anywhere else….