Articles by SJM


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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…

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Big Band Scene (Oct. 2019)

Good news. Eastbourne Bandstand is continuing its programme of Summer Thursday evening Big Band and Swing Sound concerts in 2020. There are eight scheduled, with the first on 2nd July and the last on 27th August. And a gap on 6th August.      Performances are a single set starting at 8 and finishing at…

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Words…Don Benjamin

    I come from a fairly musical family, neither of my parents were full-time musicians but both were musical in different ways and made sure our house was always full of instruments. At some point I found their xylophone and learnt a few nursery rhymes which set me off on a path to studying…

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Big Band Scene (Sept. 2019)

Some Like It Hotter      Some Like It Hotter is an 18-piece predominantly female swing band founded in September last year by baritone saxophonist Jody Wood, who moved from London to Bexhill in 2017. Her love of bonkers, OTT glamour didn’t quite translate to East Sussex. She was also surprised by the dearth of…

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Arun Luthra Interview

New York saxophonist and konnakol artist Arun Luthra spoke to Charlie Anderson about his blending of jazz and South Indian music.   Tell us about your background and how you got into jazz.      I’m the child of an Indian father and a British mother. I was born in the U.S. and raised in both…