Tagged Charlie Anderson

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Zara McFarlane Interview

Vocalist and composer Zara McFarlane spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about taking her new album on the road.   You recorded your third album Arise last year, tell us about the concept of the album.     “At first, I wanted to explore more rhythmical elements from Jamaica and the Caribbean at first. I knew I wanted…

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Alison Rayner Interview

Bassist and composer Alison Rayner spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson ahead of her appearance at Chichester Jazz Club.       With a career spanning more than 40 years, nearly 30 of which have been spent running Blow the Fuse with Deirdre Cartwright, bassist Alison Rayner didn’t release her debut album until 2014. The acclaimed album…

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Alex Hitchcock Interview

Tell us a bit about your band with Tom Barford.     “It’s a two-tenor fronted chordless quintet with Ferg Ireland on bass and James Maddren on drums.”   What kind of music will you be playing at The Verdict on Friday 2nd February?     “We mostly play compositions of mine and Tom’s – often it’s music…

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Live Review: The 2018 South Coast Jazz Festival

South Coast Jazz Festival Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea Saturday 20th – Saturday 27th January, 2018       The South Coast Jazz Festival kicked off its 4th year with The Jazz Repertory Company performing 100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes. In the pre-concert Q&A, drummer and bandleader Richard Pite quoted jazz writer Whitney Balliett who…

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Live Review: Charlie Stacey at The Verdict

Charlie Stacey Trio The Verdict, Brighton Friday 19th January, 2018       After agreeing to fill in at the last minute for Dave Drake, who was unable to leave the US due to visa difficulties, pianist Charlie Stacey performed an impressive mix of standards and originals.     Beginning with Coltrane’s dedication to Sonny Rollins, Like…

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Cloudmakers Five at The Verdict

Cloudmakers Five The Verdict, Brighton Friday 12th January, 2018       Formed eight years ago, Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers Five, originally a trio but extended with saxophone and guitar, have so far released four albums to critical acclaim, mostly due to Jim Hart’s artful compositions and an enviable chemistry between the musicians in the band, all…

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Elliot Galvin Interview

Pianist and composer Elliot Galvin spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   How did you first get into playing piano?     “I started when I was pretty young, when I was about six or seven. My next door neighbour had a piano and I used to go round there and just have a little tinkle on…

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Claude Deppa Interview

Trumpeter Claude Deppa spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about the Brotherhood of Breath Heritage Band. You’re now performing with The Brotherhood of Breath Heritage Band after having performed with Chris McGregor in one of the band’s original incarnations.     “Yes, the Brotherhood had three, almost four, incarnations. There was the original band, then Chris…

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Ian Shaw Interview

Multi-talented singer and pianist Ian Shaw spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   Are you all ready for 2018?     “I’m like a schoolboy. As soon as I get my diary bought from WH Smiths, I think I can start my life again. Nothing exists until I’ve got my big red diary.”   Are you…

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Alex Ridout Interview

Trumpeter Alexandra Ridout won the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2016. Currently studying at The Royal Academy of Music, she spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.   You won the Young Jazz Musician of the Year in 2016. How’s it been going since then?     “Really good. That whole competition opened up…