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MAISHA at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

MAISHA New Generation Jazz, The Verdict, Brighton Friday 31st March 2017        Drummer Jake Long’s MAISHA specialise in post-Coltrane world-influenced music, very much in the spirit of Pharaoh Sanders and this was apparent from the first number, Welcome to a New Welcome.     The final piece of the first set was introduced by an…

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Rick Simpson’s Klammer at The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

Rick Simpson’s Klammer The Verdict, Brighton Friday 14th April 2017       A mesmerising evening of highly original contemporary material from pianist Rick Simpson featured some outstanding performances from reedsman Mike Chillingworth and saxophonist-of-the-moment George Crowley.     Simpson’s esoteric compositions were ideally suited to the wide range of timbres at his disposal, including Chillingworth’s bass…

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Trees Ensemble reviewed by Patrick Billingham

Terry Pack’s Trees Ensemble (Bonsai Version) The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 31st October 2015   The Bonsai version of Trees performed at The Verdict on Saturday 31st October in a fundraiser for the House That Zac Built charity. From Eddie Myer’s solo bass opening of Terry’s composition El Pueblo Unido until the final gospel like chords…

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Geoff Simkins/Sheryl Bailey @ The Verdict reviewed by Charlie Anderson

Geoff Simkins/Sheryl Bailey Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 24th October 2015       Both guitarist Sheryl Bailey and saxophonist Geoff Simkins are experienced jazz educators, Geoff teaching locally, whilst Sheryl Bailey teaches at Berklee and the Stanford Jazz Workshops.  Fittingly then, this evening was a masterclass in musicianship with both musicians soloing fluidly over some…

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New Generation Jazz at The Verdict

With three major new jazz festivals, a new purpose-built jazz club, top-class big bands, a thriving jazz school and a wealth of grassroots players and gigs, jazz has never been stronger or better represented in the Brighton area. Yet it can still be hard for new acts to break through to connect with audiences outside…