Daily Archives: May 1, 2017

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Satisfaction, Finally

    A combination of the diligent pursuit of journalistic integrity on behalf of you, dear reader, and the organiser’s generous assessment of my actual capabilities to deliver as such, resulted in my being fortunate enough to attend this year’s JazzFM Awards. The setting was the Shoreditch Town Hall, its high-Victorian architecture evoking a suitable spirit…

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Oli Howe Interview

Pianist Oli Howe, 36, is originally from Surrey. SJM editor Charlie Anderson began by asking him what first brought him to Brighton.     “I came here when I was 32 for the music scene, really, and to play jazz properly with people that were good at it, and lots of them. I was living in…

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Kit Downes Interview

Tell us about your group ENEMY.     “It’s a trio of myself, Petter Eldh and James Maddren where me and Petter write the music. The music is all quite rhythmic, quite intense. It’s about creating quite difficult forms but still trying to be free on them. Petter uses a lot of hip hop influences and…

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Pete Wareham Interview

Tell us about Melt Yourself Down. What inspired you to put it together?     “I was inspired to do it by listening to the music of Ali Hassan Kuban which made me want to create something with the huge energy and joy of his and other Nubian musicians’ performances.”   How do you go about…

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Big Band Scene (May 2017)

     Patrick Billingham brings you the latest big band news and looks at pad organisation. Once again it is May. Once again it is Festival time. Brighton’s major cultural event. Where we used to look forward to seeing internationally renowned big bands.  With the tickets sold out weeks before the concert.  But, once again,…

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Pete Recommends…Buddy de Franco and Sonny Clark

Each month Peter Batten recommends a recording that jazz fans may wish to add to their personal library.   Buddy de Franco and Sonny Clark       Anybody remember these recordings? Are there any young players working hard on the clarinet these days? Buddy De Franco could be a great inspiration.     Over 60 years, from…

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MAISHA at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

MAISHA New Generation Jazz, The Verdict, Brighton Friday 31st March 2017        Drummer Jake Long’s MAISHA specialise in post-Coltrane world-influenced music, very much in the spirit of Pharaoh Sanders and this was apparent from the first number, Welcome to a New Welcome.     The final piece of the first set was introduced by an…

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Rick Simpson’s Klammer at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

Rick Simpson’s Klammer The Verdict, Brighton Friday 14th April 2017       A mesmerising evening of highly original contemporary material from pianist Rick Simpson featured some outstanding performances from reedsman Mike Chillingworth and saxophonist-of-the-moment George Crowley.     Simpson’s esoteric compositions were ideally suited to the wide range of timbres at his disposal, including Chillingworth’s bass…