Interviews

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Dave O’Higgins & Rob Luft Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to saxophonist Dave O’Higgins and guitarist Rob Luft at the start of their UK tour to promote their new album O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane.   Dave O’Higgins and Rob Luft have recorded a new album that they are currently touring throughout the UK. The musicians first met…

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Yadasofi Interview

Drummer and composer Nadav Schneerson formed his jazz ensemble Yadasofi last year and since then they have gone on to release two singles and performed support slots for the likes of Joe Armon-Jones, Nubya Garcia and Maisha. Nadav was born in London but moved to Brighton when he was little and has lived there ever…

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Cykada Interview

Cykada bassist and founding member Jamie Benzies spoke to Charlie Anderson about the band and their music, whilst drummer Tim Doyle discusses how the band works.   Tell us about Cykada. How would you describe the music that you make? I don’t know. That’s a very difficult one. Either I go with normal categories and…

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A Change Is Gonna Come: Carleen Anderson and Nikki Yeoh

    This year’s Brighton Festival features a special music project entitled A Change Is Gonna Come: Music for Human Rights. SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to the two composers behind the project: Carleen Anderson and Nikki Yeoh.     I began by asking Carleen Anderson about how the project first came about. “The two organisers at…

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Simon Wallace and Sarah Moule Interview

Lou Beckerman in conversation with Simon Wallace and Sarah Moule, prior to their gig at The Verdict, Brighton on 4th November, 2017.     Simon Wallace is a seasoned composer, pianist, arranger and producer. He has performed all over the world and it’s been said that ‘when he plays the piano it’s as if there’s a…

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The Cloggz Interview

    The Cloggz were formed around five years ago, and grew out of the Jazz Charity Roar Ups that were hosted by pianist Mark Edwards at The Brunswick in Hove. “I just had this idea for this tango line up with the accordion, clarinet and violin for a while and then meeting Ben Sarfas (the…

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Karen Sharp & Nikki Iles

Karen Sharp   You worked in Humphrey Lyttelton’s band. What memories do you have of working with Humph? I was with Humph for almost four years and I had a ball! It was early in my playing days and I learnt so much from him, I was very lucky. My overriding memories of Humph would…

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Sax Shop Interviews

    Saxshop is a community saxophone ensemble based in the Brighton & Hove area formed by Simon D’Souza in 2003. Now led by saxophonist Beccy Perez Rork and trombonist Mark Bassey, the ensemble features players of all levels and backgrounds (including a retired bank manager, a welder, teachers, a contract negotiator and a vet) performing…

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Elaine Crouch and Helen MacDougal Interview

Vocalists Elaine Crouch and Helen MacDougal will be the first students to graduate from Chichester College’s new HND jazz course. Here they talk about the course and their upcoming gig.   How did you first start to get into jazz? Elaine: “Quite late actually!  Although I’ve always loved all kinds of music and had a…

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Ivo Neame Quintet Interviews

SJM editor Charlie Anderson interviews three members of the Ivo Neame Quintet: pianist Ivo Neame, saxophonist Tori Freestone and vibraphonist Jim Hart.   Ivo Neame How did the quintet come about?     “It came about because it's built on musical relationships that have been developed over a long period of time. I've been playing with Jim…