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Live Review: Tim Whitehead at The Verdict

Tim Whitehead Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 17th August, 2018       It’s been a while since Tim Whitehead performed in Brighton so it was a joy to see him performing with his longtime associate Milo Fell on drums and eminent local bassist Nigel Thomas.     Beginning with a latin version of Invitation, followed by…

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Live Review: Mark Kavuma at The Verdict

Mark Kavuma & ‘The Banger Factory’ The Verdict, Brighton Friday 20th July, 2018       New Generation Jazz have had a consistently excellent programme of presenting up and coming musicians on the current jazz scene and Mark Kavuma’s band were no exception. Performing original material from the young trumpeter’s debut album, Kavuma, the band displayed…

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Live Review: Rosie Turton Quintet at The Verdict

Rosie Turton Quintet The Verdict, Brighton Friday 15th June, 2018       Trombonist Rosie Turton first appeared at The Verdict with the band Nerija back in 2016 and was recently seen there in April this year as part of the South London group Where Pathways Meet. Here she presented her own arrangements and compositions in…

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Live Review: Oli Howe Trio at The Verdict

Oli Howe Trio The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 12th May, 2018       Pianist Oli Howe is someone who has always enjoyed exploring the jazz piano trio format and seeing where he can take it and the time that the trio have spent rehearsing has paid off, with tightly-performed introductions to well-known standards such as Days…

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Live Review: Rob Luft at The Verdict

Rob Luft The Verdict, Brighton Friday 20th April, 2018       Featuring mostly original material from his debut album, Riser, Rob Luft is a skilled guitarist who effortlessly creates any sound-world of his choosing, frequently adding fresh sounds, influenced heavily by Congolese rumba and soukous music. Touring with the same regular band that recorded the…

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Live Review: Martin Speake Quartet at The Verdict

Martin Speake Quartet The Verdict, Brighton  Saturday 21st April, 2018       Alto saxophonist Martin Speake celebrated his 60th birthday this year by recording a new album with his long-time friend and musical associate, US pianist Ethan Iverson.      Performing mostly tunes from the new album, they mixed originals with the odd bebop…

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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: 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…