Daily Archives: 9 December 2013

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The Column: Terry Pack – The View From The Bottom

Comping bass solos: some suggestions for pianists, guitarists and drummers       Something that rarely gets discussed (until after the first set on a gig, occasionally) is what kind of accompaniment the bass player would like behind his/her solos. When it  comes to accompanying singers and soloists, pianists and guitarists usually have the support of a…

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John Lake Interview

Editor Charlie Anderson sat down with Brighton pianist John Lake who released his trio album Up On The Downs earlier this year.   What big bands do you play in at the moment?     “Three, at the moment. The Dave Masters Big Band that’s been going for thirty years. I haven’t been in it for…

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Joss Peach Interview

I wanted to interview Brighton pianist and educator Joss Peach but he had to rush off to be a dog so I emailed him some questions. Here are his responses.   You always look happy and relaxed when you are performing. Is this something you’ve had to work on or does it just occur naturally?…

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Jenny Wilcox Interview

Tell us about your upbringing. “I was born in Tunbridge Wells in 1951, and grew up mainly in Epsom.  We lived on the Downs, in a golf club, and there was a grand piano in the members' room that I loved to sit at when the place was closed. There was no music played at…

Live Review: SJO at The Brunswick

The Sussex Jazz Orchestra The Brunswick, Hove 24/11/13       The ubiquitous Mark Bassey has been leading the Sussex Jazz Orchestra since September and his good humoured approach and keen ear have resulted in a great sounding ensemble that embraces the musical history of the ensemble.     Mark’s solo trombone playing was featured in two…

Live Review: Gareth Williams at Smalls

Gareth Williams/Piers Clark/Dave Green/Steve Brown Smalls, Caxton Arms, Brighton Thursday 28th November, 2013       They started the first set with the old classic Rosetta (one which isn’t heard enough these days) and  then started the second set with another classic, Avalon, played at a fast swinging tempo. In between were other classics such as Oscar…

Live Review: Sam Miles Quartet at The Verdict

Sam Miles Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 30th November, 2013       Young saxophonist Sam Miles grew up in Sussex listening to classic jazz and this permeates the sound that he gets from the tenor saxophone. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music his playing continues to develop and grow. His soprano saxophone tone…