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Live Review: Brainchild Festival 2018

Brainchild Festival Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, East Sussex Friday 13th – Sunday 15th July, 2018       For a festival with a limit of 2,000 people, one would expect it to be small and cliquey but it was the opposite: inclusive with no VIP areas, no commercial sponsorship and using a small space to maximum…

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Live Review: Mark Kavuma at The Verdict

Mark Kavuma & ‘The Banger Factory’ The Verdict, Brighton Friday 20th July, 2018       New Generation Jazz have had a consistently excellent programme of presenting up and coming musicians on the current jazz scene and Mark Kavuma’s band were no exception. Performing original material from the young trumpeter’s debut album, Kavuma, the band displayed…

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Interview: Justin McKenzie of Jazz Re:freshed

Jazz Re:freshed began in 2003 as a weekly live music event but soon grew into a larger arts organisation that helps promote the younger generation of jazz artists through educational work, a record label and its annual summer festival, Jazz Re:Fest which comes to Brighton Dome on Sunday 22nd July. SJM Editor Charlie Anderson spoke…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Tenor Madness

    This month brings us not only a welcome blast of authentically summery sunshine – just in time for Love Supreme at Glynde, folks! – but also a double hit of delicious vinyl issues by a pair of statement tenor players. While many in the jazz world work hard to promote egalitarianism in all things,…

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Yazz Ahmed Interview

    Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed is half-Bahraini and half-English, her dad being from Bahrain where Ahmed lived until she was 9 years old. “When I moved to London, I felt that I left that part of my heritage behind and adapted to British life, British culture.” But it was in England that her interest in the…