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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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Abi Flynn Benefit Concert at The Walrus, Brighton

Abi Flynn Benefit Concert The Walrus, Brighton Wednesday 6th December, 2017       Beginning with Nature Boy sang beautifully by Lou Beckerman, this was a memorable evening from the opening number, with many of Brighton’s top musicians gathering to raise money (and share the love) for vocalist Abi Flynn.     Throughout the evening there were…

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Live Review: Sam Barnett at The Verdict

Sam Barnett The Verdict, Brighton Friday 15th December, 2017       Promoting his debut album London-New York Suite, 16 year old saxophonist Sam Barnett began with the opening track from the album, Morning Shadowplay and intermixed tunes from the album with compositions that he has written since.     Accompanied throughout by fellow teens, drummer Zoe…

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Live Review: Nicole Henry at The Ropetackle

Nicole Henry Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea Wednesday 8th November, 2017       I’d not heard of Nicole Henry until it was announced that she was to perform the opening gig at the London Jazz Festival. I then found out that two days before, the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea had gained the distinction of booking…

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Live Review: Dan Cartwright Quartet at The Verdict

Dan Cartwright Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 17th November, 2017       Even comparatively hyped new artists can really struggle to fill jazz clubs outside our major cities, let alone an unknown tenor player on his very first headline engagement. Despite the chilly ambient temperature, caused by an overzealous aircon unit, there’s a warm welcome…

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Live Review: Vitor Pereira Quintet at The Verdict

Vitor Pereira Quintet The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 25th November, 2017       Portuguese guitarist and composer Vitor Pereira has already recorded two albums featuring his own compositions: his debut Doors from 2012 and last year’s New World, the title track of which opened his return to The Verdict, where club owner Andy Lavender is an…

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Live Review: Ian Price Charity Celebration

Ian Price Charity Celebration Hare & Hounds, Worthing Tuesday 5th September, 2017       Now an annual event at the Hare and Hounds, this tribute to saxophonist Ian Price sees a number of musicians who performed with him join forces in his memory and raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.     Mark Bassey’s band played…