Tagged Brian O’Connor

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Live Review: Amy Roberts & Richard Exall Quintet

Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Quintet The Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne Friday 11th December 2015       A very happy way to end another year of attending and photographing jazz gigs. Five talented and versatile musicians playing tribute to such luminaries as Earl Bostic, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Johnny Hodges, Chopin (yes!), Sergio Mendes, Dizzy Gillespie, and…

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Darius Brubeck Quartet @ Eastbourne reviewed by Brian O’Connor

  Darius Brubeck Quartet Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne Friday 12th June, 2015       A packed house welcomed Darius Brubeck to the Under Ground Theatre for the first time.  Two excellent sets ensured that they went home happy (as the current vernacular goes).      Playing a selection of tracks from his current CD, Cathy’s Summer,…

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Elaine Delmar @ The Hawth by Brian O’Connor

Elaine Delmar The Hawth, Crawley Sunday 15th February 2015   At the age of 75 you might expect to perhaps a hear little ‘maturity’ in the voice.  No!  Still with a soaring range, swooping from controlled high to controlled low, Elaine performed for nearly two hours interpreting the works of Gershwin and Porter.  Familiar songs…

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A Brief History of Jazz Photography

  In the early days of jazz,  musicians went to photographic studios to pose for pictures. During the 1920s there was a craze for ‘doing something zany’, so some of the photos involved musicians doing unusual things, kind of like a still version of the Harlem Shake.     Other than the posed group photographs,…