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Live Review: Zara McFarlane at The Komedia

Zara McFarlane The Komedia, Brighton  Saturday 28th March, 2018        The night outside may be freezing but there’s already a decent sized crowd gathered under the Komedia’s notoriously low ceiling and support act Thabo is doing his utmost to warm them up. He gives a lesson in effortless charisma, and despite appearing with just…

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Live Review: Portrait of Cannonball at The Verdict

Portrait of Cannonball The Verdict, Brighton Friday 16th March, 2018       Covering all of the classic Adderley brother’s repertoire, this show was put together by pianist Alex Webb and featured the frontline soloing power of alto saxophonist Tony Kofi and trumpeter Byron Wallen. An entertaining show, but hardly a whistle-stop tour of Cannonball’s career,…

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Live Review: Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone at The Verdict

Alcyona Mick & Tori Freestone The Verdict, Brighton Sunday 4th March, 2018       Touring their new album, Criss Cross, saxophonist Tori Freestone and London Jazz Orchestra bandmate, pianist Alcyona Mick began their set with the title track of Tori’s most recent trio album, El Barranco, reconfigured for piano and saxophone.     Freestone’s strength is…

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Live Review: Arun Ghosh at The Ropetackle

Arun Ghosh Quintet Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea Saturday 3rd March, 2018       From the vibrant hues of the passport-style gatefold on his latest CD release But Where Are You Really From?, to his trademark traditional Indian stage gear, the subcontinent-influenced grooves  of rising clarinettist Arun Ghosh have recently been making themselves widely felt, notably…

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Live Review: Ivo Neame Quartet at The Verdict

Ivo Neame Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 16th February, 2018       Pianist Ivo Neame successfully bridges the gap between contemporary classical music and contemporary jazz with compositions that have an esoteric and highly original voice.     The supporting band of George Crowley, Tom Farmer and James Maddren expertly negotiated some tricky time signature changes…

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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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Live Review: 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…