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Jazz News (March 2018)

    Veteran jazz photographer and SJM contributor Brian O’Connor launches an exhibition of his jazz photography at the Clocktower Cafe in Croydon next month. Having photographed a number of jazz artists since 1971, the exhibition will have its official opening on Saturday 7th April at 2pm by the deputy mayor of Croydon, with music supplied…

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Jazz News (Feb. 2018)

    As well as mourning the recent passing of South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, the local jazz scene is also mourning the loss of Don Jeffery, who ran Hastings Jazz Club for a number of years and recently passed away. The jazz scene in Sussex is also mourning the loss of drummer Chris Carrington, who…

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Jazz News (Jan. 2018)

    Legendary British pianist John Critchinson passed away on 15th December at the age of 82. Beginning his jazz career performing with the likes of Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott, he became Ronnie Scott’s regular pianist from 1979 onwards performing with a number of visiting Americans such as Joe Henderson and Chet Baker. After Ronnie…

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Jazz News (Dec. 2017)

    A whole host of musicians will be raising money for fabulous vocalist Abi Flynn at The Walrus on Wednesday 6th December. The event is open to everyone and tickets are £10 on the door. It starts at 8pm so please show your support.     Promoters Kineojazz are putting on another event in December featuring…

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Jazz News (Nov. 2017)

    November sees the London Jazz Festival return to celebrate its 25th year and features a triple bill of Thelonious Monk’s music to commemorate his centenary, along with a celebration of the Ella Fitzgerald centenary by Liane Carroll and Claire Martin at St. John’s Smith Square on Sunday 19th November. This year’s festival uses the…

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Jazz News (Oct. 2017)

    Promoters Kineojazz are putting on a new event this month featuring saxophonist Geoff Simkins. Kineojazz have previously put on events in various venues around Brighton featuring Joe Lee Wilson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Liane Carroll, Claire Martin amongst others.     Their latest promotion features ‘The Jazz Workshop’, an ensemble made up of members of Geoff’s…

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Jazz News (Sept. 2017)

    The South Coast Jazz Festival recently confirmed the dates for their fourth festival, to be held at The Ropetackle in Shoreham from 20th to 28th January, 2018. The artists performing will be announced in the coming months, so expect some of the UK’s finest jazz artists as well as masterclasses, workshops and exhibitions.   …

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Jazz News (April 2017)

    Love Supreme Festival have announced another selection of artists who will be appearing at the festival this July. They include Kamasi Washington, and Camilla George Quartet whose highly-acclaimed debut album Isang was followed by a successful tour of the UK. Also announced were Corinne Bailey Rae, Kansas Smitty’s House Band, D’Influence and Mica…

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Jazz News (March 2017)

    Whilst The Palmeira in Hove have abruptly halted the much appreciated jazz jam, there are plenty of opportunites to see trumpet maestro Chris Coull. He’s the special guest at The Master Mariner on Thursday 2nd and at The Snowdrop on Monday 27th March.     Although the Albion stopped its Monday afternoon jazz sessions last…

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Jazz News (Jan. 2017)

Saxophonist Pete Burden passed away just after Christmas. The alto saxophonist worked with pianist Lionel Grigson in the late 1960s in the Grigson/Burden Quintet and spent his later years teaching and performing  around Hastings. A master of the bebop style of alto saxophone playing, he was inspired  by the great Charlie Parker. Liane Carroll described…