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John Altman interview

Normally I start interviews with the question ‘How did you get into jazz?’.     “Oh my god! Have you got a week?! Right, my whole family is in jazz, which helps. My mother had four brothers, all of whom were bandleaders. One brother, Sid Phillips, had Britain’s number one dixieland band and was a wonderful…

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Liam Byrne interview

Which tenor saxophone players are you influenced by?     “My biggest influences are probably Lester Young and Ben Webster. Other favourites of mine include Al Cohn and Zoot Sims as well as the more bebop orientated tenor players such as Wardell Gray, early Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt.”   Are there any saxophone players around…

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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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Lucy Pickering Interview

  How did you first get into Joni Mitchell?     I’ve been into Joni Mitchell for many years. I did a Performance Arts degree and for my degree show I decided to do the album Blue. That was because, all through my teens, I’d been listening to that album. So that’s twenty years ago now….

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Nigel Price Interview

  We caught up with guitarist Nigel Price in the midst of his latest epic tour of the UK that also sees the launch of his latest album.   You’ve got a new album out in November. Tell us about Heads and Tales (Vol. 2).     “I have never been so pleased with a recording….

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Ingrid Laubrock Interview

  You’ve worked with Tom Rainey before on the album And Other Desert Towns, how is your latest album with him different?     “Tom and I have worked together since 2007. We play in a number of groups and have played a lot of composed as well as improvised music together – our duo being…

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Tom Green Interview

  Trombonist and composer Tom Green is a graduate of the Royal Academy jazz course and his septet released their debut album last year to critical acclaim. He appears later this month at The Verdict in Brighton as part of the successful New Generation Jazz series.   How did you first get into jazz?   …

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Philip Clemo Interview

What process do you go through to create a piece of music?     “I develop pieces through a process of composition and improvisation. I create sonic spaces for musicians to explore and then often work with ‘blind improvisation’ where I give no prior guidance before recording. The performances that comes from a master musician exploring an…

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Avery*Sunshine Interview

    Born Denise White and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania (on the outskirts of Philadelphia), she had an upbringing filled with music, especially church gospel music. She started learning to play piano from the age of seven and attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she studied piano, graduating with a degree in philosophy.     Appointed…