Articles by SJM


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Words…Gina Southgate

Although I come from a large family, I felt lonely for a lot of my childhood. My closest sibling was 14 years older than me, and married and left home when I was 5. My eldest sister had 3 girls by the time I was born.      As soon as I left school I…

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Report: Women in Jazz at Jazz Cafe Camden

Women In Jazz: Yazz Ahmed + Rosie Turton Quintet + Alina Bzhezhinska Thursday 3rd October, 2019 Jazz Cafe, Camden The last ‘Women in Jazz’ night at Jazz Cafe, was a kick ass triple bill from start to finish! Three female instrumentalists getting out of their comfort zones doing cutting edge original music that elevates the music…

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Live Review: PYJÆN at Patterns

PYJÆN + DJs Tina Edwards & Charles Vaughan Patterns, Brighton Wednesday 23rd October, 2019   September’s Offie Mag jazz night saw a showcase of young talent that included Chloe Bodur, Yadasofi and Ebi Soda. October saw jazz collective PYJÆN on the bill, with support from DJs Tina Edwards and Charles Vaughan. Having met as students…

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Jazz News (Nov. 2019)

Verdict November Programme Brighton’s Verdict jazz club has an extensive programme of music throughout November, with three or more gigs per week, including Benn Clatworthy, Miguel Gorodi, Laura Jurd, Alison Rayner, Carmen Souza, Calum Gourlay, Loz Speyer and Mark Cherrie amongst others. Owner Andy Lavender, who books the Fridays, said “Thanks to Roxanne it’s our…

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Big Band Scene (Nov. 2019)

I had the good fortune to see Terry Pack’s Trees again last month as part of the regular Big Band @ Brunswick Sunday evening programme. As before, it was a slimmed down version, with just four brass, eight reeds and woodwind, a single voice, keyboard, bass and drums. There was some new material as well…

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Jim Rattigan Interview

Let’s start by talking a bit about your background. How did you get into music? I’ve done music forever. I literally started life as an Irish dancer, can you believe. My parents were Irish. I can’t remember not doing it, I was so young. And then I got into the piano accordion, I did that…

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Preview: Skinny Pelembe at Patterns

In May this year guitarist, singer and composer Skinny Pelembe released his new album Dreaming Is Dead Now on the Brownswood label. The multi-talented musician was born in Johannesburg, but grew up in Doncaster and has been part of the new generation of artists to benefit from Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers development programme. His unique…