Monthly Archives: June 2018

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Live Review: Oli Howe Trio at The Verdict

Oli Howe Trio The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 12th May, 2018       Pianist Oli Howe is someone who has always enjoyed exploring the jazz piano trio format and seeing where he can take it and the time that the trio have spent rehearsing has paid off, with tightly-performed introductions to well-known standards such as Days…

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Live Review: Joe Armon-Jones at The Eagle, Brighton

Joe Armon-Jones The Eagle, Brighton  Friday 18th May, 2018        Mr. Bongo presented an afternoon of live music at The Eagle pub, the highlight of which was an astonishing performance by young pianist Joe Armon-Jones.     Throughout, Armon-Jones conveyed a freshness and honesty that typifies the current new generation scene. Opening with a relaxed…

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Live Review: The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

The Great Escape Festival: Ashley Henry Trio, Yussef Dayes, Sons of Kemet Patterns, Brighton Saturday 19th May, 2018           There hasn’t been much jazz at The Great Escape Festival, Brighton’s festival of new music but this year three acts came along at once in a triple bill showcasing some of Britain’s best jazz…

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Live Review: The Mark Travers Project at The Ropetackle

The Mark Travers Project presents Thelonious Monk Ropetackle, Shoreham Sunday 27th May, 2018       This narrative of Monk’s life and music, where his life was narrated and dramatised, accompanied by music that highlighted the important milestones, covered Monk’s well-known tunes and was interspersed with original compositions by conductor and arranger Mark Travers.      Actor…