Tagged The Verdict

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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…

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Jon Shenoy Interview

    Saxophonist and composer Jon Shenoy first formed Draw By Four around six years ago as “a Hammond organ band with a difference” but last year faced the possibility of the project falling by the wayside. “The original members were Will Bartlett, who still plays in it now, Kris Borring who is a Danish guitarist…

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Geoff Simkins Interview

Saxophonist and jazz educator Geoff Simkins has just recorded his latest album. He met with Charlie Anderson at The Verdict in Brighton where he performs on Sunday 18th June.   Geoff Simkins releases his latest album in June, a trio album with pianist Nikki Illes and bassist Dave Green. “Nikki and I have done some…

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Live Review: ENEMY at The Verdict

ENEMY The Verdict, Brighton Monday 22nd May 2017            ENEMY, a superb trio of Kit Downes, Petter Eldh and James Maddren, was formed as a reaction to how Kit thinks about “complexity, and how liberating it can be”. And although this was an evening of complex music, it was also an evening of…

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Live Review: MAISHA at The Verdict

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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Live Review: Rick Simpson’s Klammer at The Verdict

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…