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Live Review: Mark Kavuma at The Verdict

New Generation Jazz: Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory The Verdict, Brighton Friday 25th October, 2019 It was hard bop twenty first century style when Ugandan born trumpet star Mark Kavuma brought his highly impressive sextet to The Verdict’s monthly New Generation Jazz gig on the last Friday of October. Known as The Banger Factory,…

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Live Review: Carmen Souza at The Verdict

Carmen Souza The Verdict, Brighton Wednesday 13th November, 2019   Carmen Souza, a Portuguese vocalist of Cape Verdean heritage performed a spectacular tribute to Horace Silver (who shares a similar heritage) and performed a number of his tunes in the distinctive musical styles of Cape Verde, such as morna and funaná. This wasn’t, however, your typical Horace Silver…

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Album Review: Calum Gourlay – New Ears

Calum Gourlay Quartet New Ears (Ubuntu – UBU0043) Dark hues prevail in this bass-led project, with the higher register of Helena Kay’s precise, clear-toned tenor and drummer du jour James Maddren’s restless, polyrhythmic cymbal patterns providing the upper frequencies over the rich low end of bass and trombone. Gourlay is a mainstay of the London…

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Album Review: Maria Chiara Argiro – Hidden Seas

Maria Chiara Argiro Hidden Seas (Cavalo Records CRMCACD01) Italian keyboardist Maria Chiara Argirò maintains a busy presence around London’s cutting edge of jazz-based musical activities, most recently with Liran Donin’s post-Avishai Cohen outfit 1000 Boats. A formidably accomplished musician, she’s emblematic of the kind of international, wide-ranging scene that’s grown up in London, with musicians…

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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…