Monthly Archives: May 2016

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Dark Magus

    Today, April 30th, is International Jazz day. Of course for our dedicated readers, every day deserves that title – and no doubt many of you will already be physically and spiritually exhausted from celebrating Duke Ellington’s birthday the day before. If you feel minded to indulge in a little more celebration, however, the Miles…

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Jeff Williams Interview

What was it like studying with legendary drum teacher Alan Dawson? “My main purpose in going to Berklee College of Music in 1968 was to study with Alan. Already legendary, at the time he had so many students there that he was reduced to giving weekly half hour lessons. Those would often turn out to…

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Jazz News (May 2016)

    Brighton Festival begins this month with even less jazz than last year, with Phronesis on Thursday 19th May being the only jazz group in the programme. Luckily the Fringe Festival provides an opportunity to see some great local talent including Edana Minghella, Mingus Underground Octet, Terry Seabrook and Terry Pack’s Trees + The Cloggz….

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Confessions of a Jazz Promoter by Annette Keen

    So this is the scenario: jazz lover with time to spare, and good organisational skills, eager to get more involved in the music scene (me), meets small, intimate performance space with great sound potential, an impressive lighting rig, and the willingness to put up the necessary money for jazz gigs. Obviously a marriage made…

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Andy Panayi Interview

Saxophonist Andy Panayi has been performing for nearly forty years. Having relocated to Eastbourne he’s been appearing regularly at gigs around Sussex.   You’ve been involved in a lot of different jazz projects over the years. What ones are you working on at the moment?     “I have a few projects on the go, firstly…

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Big Band Scene (May 2016)

  It is May. It is Festival time. Brighton’s major cultural event. Where we look forward to seeing internationally renowned big bands.  With the tickets sold out weeks before the concert.  But not in 2016.  Fortunately there is The Fringe.  There are more events listed in the gig guide at the foot of this column…

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Anatta by Alex Merritt Quartet reviewed by Eddie Myer

Annatta Alex Merritt Quartet (F-IRE Label)       Apparently “Annatta’ is a concept drawn from the Buddhist tradition, referring to 'a moment of awakening, whereby one can come to realise the illusory nature of self.’ Alex Merritt has assembled a formidable band of musical heavyweights for this release, and includes among his avowed influences such…