Articles by SJM


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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2019)

Following the absence of the January issue, a belated happy new year to you all. In case you haven’t noticed, the updated list of active Sussex big bands, usually published in January, is posted on the SJM website and the Big Bands of Brighton Facebook page. Another item which was to have been included is…

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Jazz News (Jan. 2019)

    With a new year comes a new season of gigs, with some exciting announcements. Sun Ra Arkestra return for their annual gigs at the Con Club in Lewes. Previous years have seen them add an extra show due to tickets being sold out in advance. They will be performing on 21st and 22nd April….

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2019)

  The January Big Band Scene has a tradition, dating back almost a third of a decade, listing the big bands active in the county. Here is the list prepared for the January 2019 issue. Including websites & Facebook addresses, where known and contact details.   Sussex Big Bands – January 2019   Bands with…

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Sam Carelse: On The Corner

I sit at my desk wondering, how am I going to write a salty enough column about the jazz scene this December issue? I’ve been laid low with a nasty ear infection so have mostly been hibernating and, for the most part, avoiding too much audio stimulus.   I managed to catch some wonderful gigs…

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Jazz News (Dec. 2018)

Charlie Anderson rounds up the latest jazz news.   Gladys Knight, Jamie Cullum and Snarky Parky are the first artists to be announced for the next Love Supreme Festival, to be held at Glynde Place on the weekend of 5th-7th July, 2019. Georgia-born Gladys Knight, known as the Empress of Soul, rose to stardom with…

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Helena Kay Interview

Scottish saxophonist Helena Kay won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year in 2015 and talks to Charlie Anderson about her debut album, Moon Palace.   What inspired you to play the saxophone? I started on piano because my dad and grandad played, then violin because that is what was offered at my primary…

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Jonny Mansfield Interview

Vibraphonist Jonny Mansfield grew up in the village of Shepley, near Huddersfield in a musical household. “Both of my parents are musical, they’re peripatetic music teachers for Kirklees and Rotherham Music Services. My mum plays oboe and my dad plays bass trombone. I’ve got two older brothers, the oldest plays trombone and the middle one…

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Hilary Burt Interview

How would you describe the music of ‘Hilary Burt’s Blue Calluna’? My compositions come from a knowledge of jazz and jazz harmony but my writing also has elements of latin, funk and folk. I decided that the most accurate genre is ‘jazz-folk’ but even that doesn’t fit many of my tunes.  I never think about…

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Big Band Scene (Dec. 2018)

Nationally and internationally, 2018 has been an unsettling year. Locally, on the Sussex big band front, it has been a year of mixed fortunes.  There have been slightly fewer live performances, accounted for, to some extent, by the loss of two residencies.  But still averaging more than ten a month, the scene remains quite healthy. …