Tagged Brighton Festival

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Jazz News (May 2019)

Love Supreme Line Up Announcement Love Supreme Festival have announced more artists to their line up, with The Cinematic Orchestra joining headliners Ms. Lauryn Hill and Gladys Knight. The Cinematic Orchestra have released their first album in 12 years,┬áTo Believe, on the Ninja Tune label. The line up for The Bandstand and Friday night’s Arena…

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Live Review: Brighton Festival – John Surman

Brighton Festival: John Surman St. George’s Church, Kemptown, Brighton Thursday 10th May, 2018       A performance by virtuoso musician John Surman is a rarity in the UK as the 73 year old veteran currently resides in Norway, and his last performance in Brighton was back in 2014. His musical collaborations with Norwegian pianist and…

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Live Review: Brighton Festival – The Last Poets

Brighton Festival: The Last Poets Theatre Royal, Brighton Tuesday 15th My, 2018       ‘When the Revolution Comes’.     The words echo in the 200-year-old edifice, with the same aggression and truth, and sending the same message today as they did when first spoken by The Last Poets nearly 50 years ago. The seated audience…

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Live Review: Brighton Festival – A Change Is Gonna Come

Brighton Festival: A Change Is Gonna Come – Music for Human Rights Brighton Dome Concert Hall Tuesday 22nd May, 2018       Beginning with Coltrane’s iconic composition Alabama, Nubya Garcia confidently displayed both the technique and emotional depth required to produce a version of this deeply moving memorial to the four children murdered by members of…

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Vigleik Storaas Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke with award winning Norwegian pianist, composer and teacher Vigleik Storaas ahead of his appearance with the legendary John Surman at this year’s Brighton Festival.   You’ve obviously known John Surman for a long time, you’ve been playing together since the mid-1990s in the Nordic Quartet.     “Yes, I think the…

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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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Pete Wareham Interview

Tell us about Melt Yourself Down. What inspired you to put it together?     “I was inspired to do it by listening to the music of Ali Hassan Kuban which made me want to create something with the huge energy and joy of his and other Nubian musicians’ performances.”   How do you go about…

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The Column: Jasmine Sharif – Laurie Anderson

     Picture one elfin-faced woman, dressed in black, with a crop of spiky hair and a mischievous grin, on stage with a violin, talking in her soft American accent about dogs. Then picture one of the largest, most vibrant and innovative arts festivals in Europe. Add to that ice-cream, fish and chips, deckchairs and…

Jazz News (April 2014)

    The phrase ‘not much jazz on this year’ is becoming an annual complaint about Brighton Festival. To counteract this omission, Verdict club owner Andy Lavender has seized the initiative and organised his own Verdict Jazz Festival throughout May.     The programme features extra comedy evenings as well as gigs on Sunday evenings, with the…