Monthly Archives: March 2016

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The Column: Jasmine Sharif – Laurie Anderson

     Picture one elfin-faced woman, dressed in black, with a crop of spiky hair and a mischievous grin, on stage with a violin, talking in her soft American accent about dogs. Then picture one of the largest, most vibrant and innovative arts festivals in Europe. Add to that ice-cream, fish and chips, deckchairs and…

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Norma Winstone Interviewed by Lou Beckerman

    Lou Beckerman discusses with the highly respected British vocalist and lyricist, Norma Winstone MBE, a flourishing life in jazz spanning over five decades.     Most of us can't remember a time when Norma Winstone wasn't a prominent figure on the British jazz scene. I first met her three years ago when I was…

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Tim Garland Interview

You last appeared in Brighton back in October 2014. What have you been doing since?     “The last two years have seen me work quite a lot with Chick Corea’s band The Vigil, a five week tour of South America, plus another tour whose flight route saw me circumnavigate the globe over 3 weeks! So…

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Jazz News + Competition (March 2016)

    The nominations for the 2016 JazzFM Awards have been announced. Chichester born pianist Zoe Rahman has been nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year and Hastings-based pianist/vocalist Liane Carroll has been nominated for Vocalist of the Year, following the success of her album Seaside. The awards ceremony will take place at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in…

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Big Band Scene (March 2016)

In SJM46 (November 2015), I mentioned creating a digital archive of a band’s charts and promised to discuss the issue of copyright. As well as being a legal issue, it is also a moral issue.  If you have copied someone else’s work with the intention of profiting from it, then you should pass on some…

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Pete Recommends…Stan Tracey – Solo:Trio

Each month Peter Batten recommends a recording that jazz fans may wish to add to their personal library.     This month it is time to recommend some British jazz. My choice is Stan Tracey. In the 1980s I enjoyed his duo performances with bassist Roy Babbington. Then in his last 20 years he made club…

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Album Review: Sam Crokatt – Mells Bells

Mells Bells Sam Crockatt   Sam Crockatt, tenor sax; Kit Downes, piano; Oli Hayhurst, bass; James Maddren, Drums   Whirlwind Recordings – WR4681        Masterly saxist Sam Crockett’s style derives its punch and clarity from his admiration for such  quintessential urbanites as Dexter Gordon, Joe Lovano, and especially Joe Henderson, but this album draws…

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Neal Richardson Trio reviewed by Brian O’Connor

Neal Richardson Trio plus Guests The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, Seaford. Sunday 7th Feb. 2016   Neal Richardson, piano, vocals; Nigel Thomas, bass; Eric Ford, drums   Guests: Adam Glasser, chromatic harmonica; Sue Richardson, trumpet Special guest: Abi Glasser (Adam’s daughter), vocals, one number.       Once a month at The View, Seaford Head…