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Live Review: PYJÆN at Patterns

PYJÆN + DJs Tina Edwards & Charles Vaughan Patterns, Brighton Wednesday 23rd October, 2019   September’s Offie Mag jazz night saw a showcase of young talent that included Chloe Bodur, Yadasofi and Ebi Soda. October saw jazz collective PYJÆN on the bill, with support from DJs Tina Edwards and Charles Vaughan. Having met as students…

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Live Review: Rosie Frater-Taylor at The Verdict

New Generation Jazz: Rosie Frater-Taylor The Verdict, Brighton Friday 27th September, 2019 It was ‘all change’ at the Verdict for this month’s gig in the New Generation Jazz series. Gone were the heady improvisations of the ‘Nu Jazz’ to be replaced by the wonderfully sublime vocals of the delightful Rosie Frater-Taylor. Catgorised by many as…

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Live Review: Skinny Pelembe at Patterns

Skinny Pelembe Patterns, Brighton Thursday 17th October, 2019 Skinny Pelembe has had a great year since releasing his 2018 EP Sleep More, Make More Friends which saw him team up with Hejira, Yazmin Lacey and Emma-Jean Thackray and this year he released his new album Dreaming Is Dead Now and has appeared at Love Supreme…

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Album Review: Barnacles – And So We Begin

Barnacles And so we begin (Cheeba Cheeba Records CCR003) Brass bands are an enduring part of the British musical tradition, and it’s fascinating to see how that tradition has morphed into the current popularity for funky updates on the wind and rhythm sound, from the consciously retro-named Hackney Colliery Brass Band on outwards. Barnacles bring…

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Album Review: PYJÆN – PYJÆN

PYJÆN PYJÆN (Bandcamp self-release) For the past few years now jazz has undergone a change of face and sound. In 2015 Amercian saxophonist composer Kamasi Washington wowed audiences worldwide with his debut release The Epic, which gave its listeners a new approach to what we class as ‘jazz’ music. Since then the face of jazz…

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Live Review: Arun Luthra at The Verdict

Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project The Verdict, Brighton Friday 23rd August, 2019 Konnakol, the South Indian vocal art of performing percussion syllables is something that has rarely been combined with jazz and Arun Luthra represents one of a small number of jazz musicians who have mastered the vocal and rhythmic complexity of this art form….

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Live Review: Outside Broadcast

Outside Broadcast The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 17th August, 2019 For a seemingly serene and quiet Saturday night typical of our country’s climate as it bids summer farewell, this was not the atmosphere being cooked in The Verdict Jazz Club which with open arms and exciting curiosity welcomed to the stage three-piece outfit Outside Broadcast. Consisting…

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Live Review: Jazz for Europe

Jazz for Europe The Brunswick, Hove Thursday 29th August, 2019 Organised by percussionist and Jazzwise editor-in-chief Jon Newey together with Terry Seabrook and Julian Nicholas, this was an evening that brought together a diverse range of musicians from the jazz community, united in their desire for a united Europe. The house band of saxophonist Julian…

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Album Review: Leo Richardson – Move

Leo Richardson Move (Ubuntu UBU0026) Richardson turned heads with his debut release The Chase, also on Ubuntu – little more than a year later he’s back with the follow up, with Tim Thornton replacing the NYC-bound Mark Lewandowski. Alan Skidmore guested on the latter release – here he contributes fulsome praise via the liner notes,…