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Dennis Rollins Interview

What have you learnt from your time performing with Maceo Parker?     “It was an honour to have spent 8 year working with Maceo ‘the funkiest saxophone player in the world!’ There, I learnt the nuances of instrumental funk performance. The slurs between notes that give a musical phrase a ‘greasy’ feel, learning about the…

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Jazz News (Jan. 2017)

Saxophonist Pete Burden passed away just after Christmas. The alto saxophonist worked with pianist Lionel Grigson in the late 1960s in the Grigson/Burden Quintet and spent his later years teaching and performing  around Hastings. A master of the bebop style of alto saxophone playing, he was inspired  by the great Charlie Parker. Liane Carroll described…

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Kevin Le Gendre Interview

What do jazz writers contribute to the music? I can only speak for myself, of course, but my role is to discuss the music as insightfully as possible.  Whether reviewing albums or gigs or interviewing artists the golden rule is to treat the music with respect, and that means expressing negative as well as positive…

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2017)

    This month Patrick Billingham updates the list of big bands around Sussex (and other large ensembles).       Happy New Year.  Let’s hope that 2017 will bring fewer unpleasant surprises than 2016.  Or perhaps we should adopt the old Albanian approach.  We expect 2017 is going to be a better year than 2018, which,…

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Dave Drake Interview [full transcript]

How did you first get into jazz? Well, I’m very blessed with a very culturally-endowed kind of family. My dad has always been really really into jazz, although he wasn't a musician himself he was mostly involved in the theatre. But I had lots of music in the house, lots of vinyl and I’d pick…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Larkin About

    The autumn touring schedule has made it impossible for me to attend a single one of the many amazing gigs that comprise the EFG London Jazz Festival, and all that I’ve had to console for missing (yet again) the priceless opportunity of seeing Wayne Shorter is the chance purchase of a copy of Philip…

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‘Fight The Good Fight!’

Bobby Wellins  24 January 1936 – 27 October 2016           This is not intended as an obituary so much as a tribute, so please forgive the omission of any material you expected to see here.     I say this because what emerged yesterday at Bobby’s funeral in Chichester was an overwhelming sense that…

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Alex Hitchcock Interview

How did you get into jazz?     “A heady combination of Coleman Hawkins and Joshua Redman was my first exposure to the saxophone. If that was reflected in my playing even in a small way I’d be very happy! I told a sort of half-truth early on about being able to read chord symbols so…