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Liam Byrne interview

Which tenor saxophone players are you influenced by?     “My biggest influences are probably Lester Young and Ben Webster. Other favourites of mine include Al Cohn and Zoot Sims as well as the more bebop orientated tenor players such as Wardell Gray, early Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt.”   Are there any saxophone players around…

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Jake Long interview

Maisha (meaning ‘Life’) are a London-based ensemble led by drummer Jake Long. The band also features Nubya Garcia on saxophone/flute, Shirley Tetteh on guitar, Amane Suganami on keyboard, Twm Dylan on double bass and Tim Doyle on percussion.   Tell us about Maisha.     “The group play original music inspired by artists such as Alice…

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JAZZ NEWS (APRIL 2017)

    Love Supreme Festival have announced another selection of artists who will be appearing at the festival this July. They include Kamasi Washington, and Camilla George Quartet whose highly-acclaimed debut album Isang was followed by a successful tour of the UK. Also announced were Corinne Bailey Rae, Kansas Smitty’s House Band, D’Influence and Mica…

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Big Band Scene (April 2017)

This month Patrick Billingham surveys recent big band gigs and examines the legacy of Glenn Miller.       The Big Band@Brunswick programme continued last month with a debut performance by Big Band Sounds, who are based near Uckfield. This well rehearsed ensemble played mostly mainstream charts and standards. Ably supported by singers Jo Kimber and…

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Sara Oschlag @ The Snowdrop reviewed by Charlie Anderson

Sara Oschlag & Terry Seabrook’s Trio The Snowdrop, Lewes Monday 20th March 2017       Much-loved vocalist Sara Oschlag performed a mixture of some of her signature tunes such as the blues It’s Alright, Okay, You Win and Bye Bye Blackbird together with a selection of other well-known standards, including Sarah Vaughan’s version of Misty (from…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – United We Stand

    Sad tidings reach us that the Jazz At The Palmiera sessions in Hove are no more, having been abruptly terminated without notice. While it’s been heartening to see the abundance of new casual gigs springing up around town over the last couple of years, both players and aficionados alike will be wearily familiar with…