Tagged Brian O’Connor

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Jazz News (April 2018)

    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock will be doing his best to unify the jazz community on 30th April, International Jazz Day. This year’s host city is St. Petersburg, which recently expelled US diplomats following the Salisbury spy poisoning.     The Jazz FM Awards ceremony also takes place on International Jazz Day, at Shoreditch Town…

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Jazz News (March 2018)

    Veteran jazz photographer and SJM contributor Brian O’Connor launches an exhibition of his jazz photography at the Clocktower Cafe in Croydon next month. Having photographed a number of jazz artists since 1971, the exhibition will have its official opening on Saturday 7th April at 2pm by the deputy mayor of Croydon, with music supplied…

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Live Review: Nicole Henry at The Ropetackle

Nicole Henry Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea Wednesday 8th November, 2017       I’d not heard of Nicole Henry until it was announced that she was to perform the opening gig at the London Jazz Festival. I then found out that two days before, the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea had gained the distinction of booking…

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Live Review: Sari Schorr at The Hawth

Sari Schorr and the Engine Room Crawley Blues Club, The Studio, The Hawth, Crawley Sunday 16th April 2017       I’d never heard of Sari Schorr until she was listed as appearing at the Hawth.  Quite a revelation.  From all out blues, a touch of rock, and more than a hint of jazz, she puts…

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Live Review: Geoff Achison @ The Hawth

Geoff Achison and the Soul Diggers  The Hawth, Crawley Friday 17th March 2017         Australian Geoff has made a welcome return to these shores after a few years, with his usual mix of hard blues containing quite a sprinkling of the jazz influence.  Many of his solos on guitar would not go amiss in…

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Live Review: Frank Holder Trio @ The Hawth

Frank Holder Trio  The Hawth, Crawley  Sunday 19th March 2017        Just two weeks shy of reaching 92 years of age Frank Holder is certainly by now a national treasure.  He’s not quite so firm on his feet with the dancing, he does sometimes forget the words, but scats easily over the problem or…

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Book Review: Images of Jazz by Brian O’Connor

Images of Jazz Brian O’Connor       With a foreword by bassist/jazz club owner Peter Ind, this book features over 400 photographs taken over the course of nearly 50 years at more than 60 venues across Britain.     Photographer Brian O’Connor has been photographing jazz musicians since the early 1970s and is also a regular…

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Live Review: Neal Richardson Trio at Seaford Golf Club

Neal Richardson Trio plus Guests The View, Seaford Head Golf Club, Seaford. Sunday 7th Feb. 2016   Neal Richardson, piano, vocals; Nigel Thomas, bass; Eric Ford, drums   Guests: Adam Glasser, chromatic harmonica; Sue Richardson, trumpet Special guest: Abi Glasser (Adam’s daughter), vocals, one number.       Once a month at The View, Seaford Head…