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Sam Braysher Interview

Tell us about how you started out playing the saxophone?     When I was 7 I started playing the recorder which actually lays a lot of groundwork for the saxophone, in terms of fingerings and reading music and stuff. And then when I was eleven I got to have saxophone lessons at the local high…

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Jazz News (Sept. 2017)

    The South Coast Jazz Festival recently confirmed the dates for their fourth festival, to be held at The Ropetackle in Shoreham from 20th to 28th January, 2018. The artists performing will be announced in the coming months, so expect some of the UK’s finest jazz artists as well as masterclasses, workshops and exhibitions.   …

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James Osler Interview

Tell us about how you got into playing guitar. I started playing when I was 17. Because I had a good friend of mine who was into jazz and he was already quite good at guitar by then. He started when he 10 and spent a lot of time listening to Django. I loved playing…

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Big Band Scene (Sept. 2017)

Patrick Billingham looks at Super Sunday, co-operation and competition.     In late July I posted ‘Super Sunday – 13th August. Find out more in the Sussex Jazz Magazine – out soon’ on a Facebook page.  Referring to four separate big band gigs across the county on that day.  All around the same time in the…

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Live Review: Summer Festival Roundup Review

Summer Festival Roundup Various Venues       The event Gilles Peterson on the Beach on Saturday 29th July sounded promising with a whole day of live music followed by a DJ set by the man himself. Unfortunately, the badly organised event was delayed by several hours and accompanied by heavy rain. However, vocalist Claire Martin…

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Live Review: Philip Clemo – Dream Maps Live

Philip Clemo: Dream Maps  Live Friday 25th August Kino-Teatr, St. Leonards-on-sea       Guitarist and soundscape composer Philip Clemo released his album of ambient, original music last year, which featured an array of jazz musicians, many from Sussex. For this performance he gave a reduced version, accompanied by virtuoso musicians such as cellist Emily Burridge…

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Philip Clemo – Dream Maps Preview

Musician and transdisciplinary artist Philip Clemo is bringing his latest project to Sussex. The Dream Maps project was originally launched at Kings Place in London last September and features a wealth of talent. The new shows in Sussex will feature a range of special guests including Evi Vine, Steven Hill, cellist Emily Burridge & drummer/percussionist Martyn Barker….

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The Column: Eddie Myer – De Profundis

    Love Supreme Festival reached its fifth birthday this year. An additional Jazz In The Round stage, curated by Jez Nelson, a strong representation from a new generation of British artists, the continuing contribution from the local Brighton scene to the Bandstand and Arena stages, and the enduring smoother-than-silk vitality of the immaculately mustachioed  George…

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The Cloggz Interview

    The Cloggz were formed around five years ago, and grew out of the Jazz Charity Roar Ups that were hosted by pianist Mark Edwards at The Brunswick in Hove. “I just had this idea for this tango line up with the accordion, clarinet and violin for a while and then meeting Ben Sarfas (the…