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Jazz News (March 2020)

Emergence Festival Returns to Hastings Emergence Festival returns to St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings between Thursday 23rd and Sunday 26th April. The line up announced so far includes London collective Steam Down, Jason Yarde Trio, Edifice Dance, James Beckwith Band, Jessica Lauren and Hastings-based sextet Hexagonal.   Love Supreme Line Up Announcement Added to…

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Big Band Scene (March 2020)

The Big Band@Brunswick programme for 2020 is now well under way. Last month it was the Brighton Big Band with Dave Williams occupying the slot. On the first of this month it is The Brighton Jazz Mafia, and on 5th April, look out for Big Band Sounds. If you get there by 7:30 pm, you…

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Jazz News: Love Supreme Line Up Announcement

Love Supreme Festival have announced an additional 30 artists who will be performing at the 2020 festival which runs from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July. The festival begins on Friday 3rd July with appearances by Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Yazmin Lacey, Jazz Morley, and Danish pianist/composer/arranger Kathrine Windfeld’s Sextet. Saturday main stage artists include…

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Words… Sudhi S Pooniyil

I was born and brought up in a small town, Alappuzha in the Southern Indian state of Kerala. Mine was a creative family: My Dad was a writer and my Mum a musician. Memories of my childhood are rather sober, poignant and chaotic. Although I had a lot of friends, I was lone in a…

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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2020)

So far, in the so-called real world, things appear to be going from bad to worse. It seems that our very own Duke and Duchess are abandoning the county to enjoy transatlantic attractions. And that the White House incompetent is disregarding international law to exacerbate the crisis in the Middle East, with repercussions likely to…

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Jazz News (Jan. 2020)

Brian Homer Photo Exhibition Freelance jazz photographer Brian Homer has a new exhibition at Centrala in Birmingham from 15th January to 1st February. The exhibition features photographs from a collaborative pilot research project called Everyday Jazz Life, a photographic project on contemporary jazz musicians lives in Birmingham and coincides with the Documenting Jazz Conference at…

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2020)

Happy New Year. In contrast to the general gloom about the state of the nation, there is good news on the big band scene. 2020 shows an increase of four Sussex based big bands compared with 2019. Who are included in my annual January list of active gigging big bands based in the county.  As…

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Column: Simon Spillett – Sixty Not Out

So…where to begin? I was honoured to be among the sixty saxophonists chosen to close the Ronnie Scott’s 60th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall, a logistical feat that required – as Ronnie himself might have put it – ‘the cunning of a sewer rat and the timing of a Swiss watch.’ The bulk…

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Nye Banfield Interview

A recent graduate of the jazz course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, saxophonist Nye Banfield spoke to Charlie Anderson ahead of his appearance for New Generation Jazz at The Verdict in January.   How did you first get into music? I grew up in Leicestershire but I went to school in Grantham, in Lincolnshire, a tiny…