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Jazz News (Jan. 2019)

    With a new year comes a new season of gigs, with some exciting announcements. Sun Ra Arkestra return for their annual gigs at the Con Club in Lewes. Previous years have seen them add an extra show due to tickets being sold out in advance. They will be performing on 21st and 22nd April….

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Live Review: Jamie Brownfield & Liam Byrne at Smalls

Jamie Brownfield & Liam Byrne Smalls at The Verdict Thursday 13th April       Beginning with Hackensack (a tune based on Lady Be Good) it was obvious that trumpeter Brownfield and tenor saxophonist Byrne have a fantastic musical chemistry.     Vocalist Imogen Ryall paid tribute to Billie Holiday performing Mean to Me and a memorable…

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Jamie Brownfield interview

You’re performing at Smalls in Brighton on Thursday 13th April with Liam Byrne. What can the audience expect to hear?     “When Liam and I play together you can expect to hear anything from 1930's/40's swing through to 1950's Bebop, numbers by Ellington, Charlie Parker and Lester Young to name a few. People have commented…

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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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Emma Fisk Interview

Who are your main influences? Are they just jazz violinists or are there other instrumentalists and non-jazz influences?     “In terms of jazz violinists my first main influence was Stephane Grappelli who I started listening to around the age of 12 and was lucky enough to meet when he played at Sunderland Empire in 1988….

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Live Review: Dave Green & Steve Brown at Smalls

Dave Green, Steve Brown, Mark Edwards, Piers Clark Quartet Small Jazz Club, Caxton Arms, Brighton www.smallsjazzbrighton.com Thursday 29th October 2015   A perfect evening of jazz with everyone’s favourite rhythm section of Dave Green on double bass & Steve Brown on drums and led by Mark Edwards on piano. Mark Edwards is without doubt one…

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Alan Barnes Interview

I first saw you playing with Tommy Chase back in the Eighties. What are your memories of working in that band?         “Working with Tommy Chase was, at that time, a real learning experience for me. He certainly knew what he did and didn’t want! He’d tell me to play shorter, more sing-able phrases…

Live Review: Gareth Williams at Smalls

Gareth Williams/Piers Clark/Dave Green/Steve Brown Smalls, Caxton Arms, Brighton Thursday 28th November, 2013       They started the first set with the old classic Rosetta (one which isn’t heard enough these days) and  then started the second set with another classic, Avalon, played at a fast swinging tempo. In between were other classics such as Oscar…