Daily Archives: February 1, 2016

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Emperor’s New Clothes

    I recently  had the good fortune to participate in a recording session with Mark Edwards, noted keyboard supremo, studio whiz and mysterious mastermind behind the uncategorisable and irrepressible Cloggz project. During the downtime he shared his reminiscences of playing with the Tommy Chase Quartet. It reminded me that, although you don’t hear so much…

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Vitor Pereira Interview

You’re classically trained, how did you get into jazz?     “Yes, I studied classical music in Porto where I’m from. At that time in Portugal there weren’t any jazz degrees or anything similar, the only way you could study music in an official school or conservatory was by following the classical route.”     “I was…

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Jazz News (Feb. 2016)

         Nominations are now open for the 2016 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, organised by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG). Nominations are open for best Jazz Album, Jazz Vocalist, Jazz Instrumentalist, Jazz Ensemble together with best Venue and awards for media, education, newcomer and services to jazz. You can cast your votes…

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Emma Fisk Interview

Who are your main influences? Are they just jazz violinists or are there other instrumentalists and non-jazz influences?     “In terms of jazz violinists my first main influence was Stephane Grappelli who I started listening to around the age of 12 and was lucky enough to meet when he played at Sunderland Empire in 1988….

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New Generation Jazz: Shirley Tetteh interview

Tell us about your musical upbringing and how you got into jazz.     “I began playing guitar when I was 11, I had classical guitar lessons for about 3 months and then switched to electric guitar. I had a really great music teacher when I was in secondary school who had our school band learning…

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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2016)

Saxophonist Patrick Billingham continues his monthly column with a look at the appeal of big bands.     "Like my dad, I have the most fun when I am in front of that kick-butt big band" Natalie Cole (1950-2015).  Highlighted in The Guardian, January 2nd.   What is the attraction of playing in a big…

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Pete Recommends…Art Tatum Meets Ben Webster

Each month Peter Batten recommends a recording that jazz fans may wish to add to their personal library.       Jazz fans have always had mixed feelings about the impresario Norman Granz. His “Jazz at the Philharmonic” concerts, which began in the 1940s, certainly provided work and public recognition for some outstanding musicians. Unfortunately, although…