Tagged Brian O’Connor

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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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Brian O’Connor Interview

Brian O’Connor has been photographing jazz musicians since the 1970s and has photographed a number of jazz legends. Here he talks about his images and his upcoming exhibition at the South Coast Jazz Festival.   How did you first get into jazz?     “Although I enjoyed pop music of the late 50’s you would occasionally…

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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…