Monthly Archives: March 2018

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Forward to Victory

    The New York Times ushered in the New Year with a blog feature from its pop critic Jon Caramanica in cahoots with  Giovanni Russonello, who covers jazz for The New York Times, and Natalie Weiner, a staff writer for Bleacher Report who writes about jazz for Billboard and JazzTimes. The presence of a female…

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Tori Freestone Interview

Tell us about your duo project with Alcyona Mick.     “We started it about 3 years ago out in the Canary Islands. I was on one of my writing holidays, because my mum lives in Tenerife so I go out there quite regularly to do some writing, to take a break from all the admin…

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Andrew McCormack Interview

Tell us about your new project Graviton. It’s a bit new and a bit different to what you’ve done before.     “Yeah, it’s a bit of a change in direction. There’s more of a focus on composition with this album. I was living in New York for a few years, until quite recently and one…

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Clare Hirst Interview

Tell us about the Deppa-Hirst Band and the music that you play.     “Most of us have played together for a long time. This is actually our own project. It’s the first time we’ve had our own band. We’ve been together about a year and a half now and we play a mixture of Claude…

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Misha Mullov-Abbado Interview

What was it like growing up in a musical household?     “Not that I have much to compare it with, but I have certainly been surrounded by music in some form or another since before I was born. Having parents rooted in the classical world meant that I was listening to most of the standard…

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Jazz News (March 2018)

    Veteran jazz photographer and SJM contributor Brian O’Connor launches an exhibition of his jazz photography at the Clocktower Cafe in Croydon next month. Having photographed a number of jazz artists since 1971, the exhibition will have its official opening on Saturday 7th April at 2pm by the deputy mayor of Croydon, with music supplied…

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Big Band Scene (March 2018)

Patrick Billingham looks at the most common big band layouts.       This month’s Big Band @ Brunswick features Big Band Sounds. I had the pleasure of depping with this band recently at a rehearsal. They still need regular trombonists and a trumpeter. If you are able, and willing, to help out, please contact Darren…

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Live Review: Ivo Neame Quartet at The Verdict

Ivo Neame Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 16th February, 2018       Pianist Ivo Neame successfully bridges the gap between contemporary classical music and contemporary jazz with compositions that have an esoteric and highly original voice.     The supporting band of George Crowley, Tom Farmer and James Maddren expertly negotiated some tricky time signature changes…