Tagged The Verdict

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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: 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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Mark Lockheart Interview

Tell us about your group Malija with Liam Noble and Jasper Høiby. How did it get started?     I worked with Liam and Jasper in 2008 when I did a quintet record called In Deep. I hadn’t really worked with either of them much before and I wanted a new band so I just phoned…

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Simon Wallace and Sarah Moule Interview

Lou Beckerman in conversation with Simon Wallace and Sarah Moule, prior to their gig at The Verdict, Brighton on 4th November, 2017.     Simon Wallace is a seasoned composer, pianist, arranger and producer. He has performed all over the world and it’s been said that ‘when he plays the piano it’s as if there’s a…

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Gilad Atzmon Interview

    Back in 2009 Atzmon released his tribute to Charlie Parker on his album In Loving Memory of America, a collaboration with violinist and arranger Ros Stephen and the Sigamos String Quartet. Atzmon has collaborated with them again for his 2017 album The Spirit of Trane. “I really like working with strings and with Ros…

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Laura Baker Interview

After a new refurbishment at The Verdict jazz club in Brighton, SJM editor Charlie Anderson sat down to talk to new café manager Laura Baker.   How did you get into jazz?     My parents were huge jazz fans. But of course, going back, that was something that I reacted against. My dad was a…

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Live Review: Keezer & Margot at The Verdict

Geoffrey Keezer & Gillian Margot The Verdict, Brighton Monday 5th June 2017        Beginning with a masterclass, in association with Brighton Jazz School (of which Keezer is a patron), husband and wife team Geoffrey Keezer and Gillian Margot answered questions from the audience that covered everything from musical empathy, rubato, introductions, rhythm, song choice…