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Antony Durrant Interview

Tell us about your record label, Symbol Records. How did it all start?     “It was 1999. I’d known Geoff Simkins for a few years so we got together in a pub by the Dome, we were chatting. I’d decided not to go to music college because I couldn’t afford it, basically. I could get…

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Jazz News (March 2017)

    Whilst The Palmeira in Hove have abruptly halted the much appreciated jazz jam, there are plenty of opportunites to see trumpet maestro Chris Coull. He’s the special guest at The Master Mariner on Thursday 2nd and at The Snowdrop on Monday 27th March.     Although the Albion stopped its Monday afternoon jazz sessions last…

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Big Band Scene (March 2017)

This month Patrick Billingham looks at the Big Band @ The Brunswick series and profiles The Sussex All-Stars Big Band       It has been a good start to the year from the big band point of view.  There was a most enjoyable performance by Terry Pack’s Trees in the South Coast Jazz Festival.  Their…

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The Column: Eddie Myer – Comrade Swing

    Look at the wider world today, both abroad and at home, and you find yourself inundated with depressing headlines recording a global situation in which chronic divisions are increasingly being exploited and exacerbated by a political realm in which the best seem to lack all conviction, while the worst are unfortunately fuller than ever…

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Amy Roberts interview

SJM: You’ve played a wide range of jazz styles, from the Chris Barber Band to Terence Blanchard’s The Inner City Ensemble. What’s your favourite style of jazz? Amy Roberts: I’m really open minded when it comes to styles of jazz, and in fact music full stop. My journey into jazz started with big band jazz…

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In Memory of Dave Gravett (1936-2016)

Dave Gravett 15th February 1936 – 29th December 2016     I first met Dave 25 years ago when he was struggling to unload the old Brighton Jazz Club brown suitcase full of assorted cables and leads from his car outside the Concorde. He gratefully accepted my offer of help and a long friendship began. In…

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Al Scott Interview

Did the piano happen first or did you get into jazz first?     “No. It was originally piano lessons with a guy called Mr. Payne, who everybody in the local area went to. And that was like £2 for half an hour. So that was in a kind of straight-laced way and then he passed…

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Julian Marc Stringle Interview

You’ve played with a long list of jazz legends, who have been your favourites?     “As a teenager I was privileged to play with some great British players:  George Chisholm, Martin Drew, Tony Lee, Acker Bilk, Bruce Turner etc. Later, I worked with Kenny Baker, Kenny Ball, Jim Mullen, Sir John Dankworth & Cleo Laine. I…

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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2017)

This month Patrick Billingham gives listings for the Big Band at The Brunswick series and and reviews a recent concert by The New World Orchestra.     Hail to the chief!  Congratulations to the new democratically elected leader of the free world.  Even if there are rumours that public disrespect of the president is to…