Monthly Archives: November 2016

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Jazzmatazz

    Anyone with more than a passing interest in jazz, an internet connection and a confident command of key stage 2 reading abilities  can’t have failed to notice the amount of press coverage being given to LA based saxophonist, composer and bandleader Kamasi Washington. His expansive personality and grand gesture approach have given journalists plenty…

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Jazz News (Nov. 2016)

    A fundraiser for vocalist Abi Flynn (pictured) was held at The Brunswick jam session on 18th October and raised nearly £1,000 on the night. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. If you missed the fundraiser then you can still donate here and support her by following her blog here.     The EFG…

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Andrew Bain Interview

How would you describe your drumming, in terms of your influences and style.     “I have a broad range of influences but the main drummers would be Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Paul Motian, Brian Blade and Jack DeJohnette. Having lived in London and New York for so many years, I have an equally broad spectrum…

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Julie Sassoon Interview

Tell us about your new album and your quartet.      “I moved to Berlin from London several years ago and found a place within its wonderful melting pot of improvised music and jazz.  About a year ago I formed a new quartet with some of my favourite players from this vibrant and creative music scene……

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Silje Nergaard Interview

Tell us about how you go about composing a new song.     “I sit down by the piano and play and sing freely. I try not to think too much or judge myself too hard, and I try not to be impatient. I hope for a special and original phrase or melody to appear. I…

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Big Band Scene (Nov. 2016)

    This month Patrick Billingham revisits practice.       I am pleased to say that, after the death of its eponymous creator, the Les Paul Big Band is continuing to function.  I was at their September gig, and the band sounded pleasingly tight.  For me, a high point was a fresh take on their band…

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Book Review: Images of Jazz by Brian O’Connor

Images of Jazz Brian O’Connor       With a foreword by bassist/jazz club owner Peter Ind, this book features over 400 photographs taken over the course of nearly 50 years at more than 60 venues across Britain.     Photographer Brian O’Connor has been photographing jazz musicians since the early 1970s and is also a regular…