Monthly Archives: January 2018

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Minority Report

    There’s nothing like a selection of statistics to start the new year, so here’s a grab-bag for you to dive into. Firstly, the Guardian has quoted some figures, possibly gathered by Barratt Homes, that indicate over 85,000 Londoners sold up and moved to the South East between 2015 and 2016, with over 5,000 of…

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Elliot Galvin Interview

Pianist and composer Elliot Galvin spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   How did you first get into playing piano?     “I started when I was pretty young, when I was about six or seven. My next door neighbour had a piano and I used to go round there and just have a little tinkle on…

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Claude Deppa Interview

Trumpeter Claude Deppa spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about the Brotherhood of Breath Heritage Band. You’re now performing with The Brotherhood of Breath Heritage Band after having performed with Chris McGregor in one of the band’s original incarnations.     “Yes, the Brotherhood had three, almost four, incarnations. There was the original band, then Chris…

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Ian Shaw Interview

Multi-talented singer and pianist Ian Shaw spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   Are you all ready for 2018?     “I’m like a schoolboy. As soon as I get my diary bought from WH Smiths, I think I can start my life again. Nothing exists until I’ve got my big red diary.”   Are you…

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Alex Ridout Interview

Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2016. Currently studying at The Royal Academy of Music, she spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   You won the Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2016. How’s it been going since then?     “Really good. That whole competition opened up…

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Pee Wee Ellis Interview

Saxophonist, composer and arranger Pee Wee Ellis was a key member of James Brown’s ground-breaking band from the 1960s onwards and has since released his own albums and worked with Van Morrison and Ali Farka Toure amongst others. Now in his seventies, Pee Wee Ellis spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   Tell us a…

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Georgina Jackson Interview

Kicking off the South Coast Jazz Festival is The Jazz Repertory Company who will be performing ‘100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes’. The brain-child of drummer Richard Pite, the band features Pete Long, Enrico Tomasso and vocalist/trumpeter Georgina Jackson. Georgina spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   You’re doing 100 years of Jazz in…

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Jazz News (Jan. 2018)

    Legendary British pianist John Critchinson passed away on 15th December at the age of 82. Beginning his jazz career performing with the likes of Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott, he became Ronnie Scott’s regular pianist from 1979 onwards performing with a number of visiting Americans such as Joe Henderson and Chet Baker. After Ronnie…

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks forward to 2018 and lists the active gigging big bands around Sussex.     Happy New Year.  Despite the uncertainties about exiting the European Union, our financial future and the threat to civilisation as we know it from the antics of various unhinged national leaders, the prospects for the big band scene in…