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Interview: Justin McKenzie of Jazz Re:freshed

Jazz Re:freshed began in 2003 as a weekly live music event but soon grew into a larger arts organisation that helps promote the younger generation of jazz artists through educational work, a record label and its annual summer festival, Jazz Re:Fest which comes to Brighton Dome on Sunday 22nd July. SJM Editor Charlie Anderson spoke…

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Yazz Ahmed Interview

    Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed is half-Bahraini and half-English, her dad being from Bahrain where Ahmed lived until she was 9 years old. “When I moved to London, I felt that I left that part of my heritage behind and adapted to British life, British culture.” But it was in England that her interest in the…

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Tal Gamlieli Interview

How did you first get into jazz?     The short story is that I started to study rock guitar, and my teacher started to play some jazz to me because he wanted me to develop, take a new direction and learn a little bit more about music. I also had good friends that were good…

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Jack Stephenson-Oliver Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to pianist Jack Stephenson-Oliver ahead of his appearance at this year’s Jazz Re:Fest with Vels Trio.   How did you first get into playing piano?     Five years ago, when I was living in Brighton, I was playing guitar at the time and started playing a bit of gypsy jazz….

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Charlotte Glasson Interview

   This month Charlotte Glasson releases a new album of music and performs in Shoreham and Love Supreme Festival. She spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson.      Eclectic is a good word to describe Charlotte Glasson. She works on a mix of projects, performs a wide range of music and plays an impressive selection…

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Orphy Robinson Interview

You’re appearing at Love Supreme Festival this year. Have you performed there before?     “No, funnily enough I’ve been every year, apart from the first year, but always to hang out. I just love the idea of it. I’ve done camping and then going ‘no, that’s a silly idea’, then gone to hotels in Newhaven…

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Leo Richardson Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to saxophonist Leo Richardson ahead of his appearance at this year’s Love Supreme Festival.   How did you get into playing the saxophone?     “When I was a small kid I must have seen somebody playing a saxophone. I’d always wanted to play it. When music lessons were offered at…

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Alina Bzhezhinska Interview

SJM Editor Charlie Anderson spoke to jazz harpist Alina Bzhezhinska about her upcoming album, Inspiration, ahead of her appearance at The Verdict on Friday 18th May, 2018.   Why did you choose to play the harp?     “I started playing the harp when I was 7, out of pure vanity. I really loved how it looked….

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Jon Newey Interview

Award winning music journalist, percussionist and editor in chief of Jazzwise magazine Jon Newey has a keen interest in the history of the UK music press. He spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about his career in music journalism and his initiative to encourage up-and-coming writers. What’s your background in the music press?     I’ve…

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Vigleik Storaas Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke with award winning Norwegian pianist, composer and teacher Vigleik Storaas ahead of his appearance with the legendary John Surman at this year’s Brighton Festival.   You’ve obviously known John Surman for a long time, you’ve been playing together since the mid-1990s in the Nordic Quartet.     “Yes, I think the…