Monthly Archives: December 2017

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Hat and Beard

    This year would have been Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, and the plethora of tributes from critics, musicians and fans alike have been ample evidence of his continuing importance on the contemporary scene. It’s interesting to compare his current stature with that of his contemporary, Dizzy Gillespie, also born in 1917. It could be fairly…

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Dave O’Higgins Interview

    Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins recently released his new album It’s Always 9:30 in Zog, his 19th album as leader. “It was time for a new album and I wanted to get back to writing some more original tunes. I’ve done that quite a lot in the past but the last few albums that I’ve presented…

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Buster Birch Interview

How did you get started on the drums?     I started off playing snare drum in school, taught by a very old-school military fife and drum player, for two years, learning traditional technique and rudiments and playing in the school orchestra. And then I worked in a green grocers to save up some money to…

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Sam Barnett Interview

16 year old saxophonist Sam Barnett recently released his debut album, New York – London Suite. Currently studying at The JazzCampus in Basel, Switzerland, he spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   How did you first get into playing saxophone?     When I was 3 I heard this saxophone being played through a stereo and…

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Jazz News (Dec. 2017)

    A whole host of musicians will be raising money for fabulous vocalist Abi Flynn at The Walrus on Wednesday 6th December. The event is open to everyone and tickets are £10 on the door. It starts at 8pm so please show your support.     Promoters Kineojazz are putting on another event in December featuring…

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Big Band Scene (Dec. 2017)

Patrick Billingham looks back on 2017 and reviews some recent big band performances.    2017 has not been a good year for the United Kingdom, with uncertainties over the future of this country’s relations with Europe and the rest of the world, and the economic uncertainties resulting. It has not been a good year, with…

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Live Review: Nicole Henry at The Ropetackle

Nicole Henry Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea Wednesday 8th November, 2017       I’d not heard of Nicole Henry until it was announced that she was to perform the opening gig at the London Jazz Festival. I then found out that two days before, the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea had gained the distinction of booking…

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Live Review: Dan Cartwright Quartet at The Verdict

Dan Cartwright Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 17th November, 2017       Even comparatively hyped new artists can really struggle to fill jazz clubs outside our major cities, let alone an unknown tenor player on his very first headline engagement. Despite the chilly ambient temperature, caused by an overzealous aircon unit, there’s a warm welcome…

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Live Review: Vitor Pereira Quintet at The Verdict

Vitor Pereira Quintet The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 25th November, 2017       Portuguese guitarist and composer Vitor Pereira has already recorded two albums featuring his own compositions: his debut Doors from 2012 and last year’s New World, the title track of which opened his return to The Verdict, where club owner Andy Lavender is an…