Monthly Archives: March 2020

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Interview: Alabaster DePlume

Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Alabaster DePlume launches his new album and talks to Charlie Anderson I arranged to meet Alabaster DePlume at the Total Refreshment Centre in Dalston. As Emma Warren notes in the opening chapter of her book Make Some Space, the entrance is simply a black door with TRC stencilled on it, and…

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Column: Simon Spillett – BOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!

If the following doesn’t quite hang together in a completely cogent manner please forgive me. I’m suffering from too little sleep and rather more specifically from the kind of all over sense of relief that comes when something you’ve sweated over, obsessed about, and previously only considered the stuff of bucket lists and dreams finally…

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Interview: Marianne Windham

Double bassist and promoter Marianne Windham spoke to Charlie Anderson during her preparations for the Guildford Jazz Festival in March.   How did you first get into music? “In the very beginning I played cello when I was at school aged 12 and did all of the classical grades. I stopped playing in my 20s…

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Interview: Freddie Gavita

Trumpet player Freddie Gavita spoke to Charlie Anderson about his journey in jazz ahead of his appearance at Chichester Jazz Club, paying tribute to his musical hero Clifford Brown.   Tell us about your upcoming gig in Chichester entitled ‘The Music of Clifford Brown’.  It’s not been a major frontline project of mine but it’s…

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Live Review: Nye Banfield at New Generation Jazz

New Generation Jazz: Nye Banfield The Verdict, Brighton Friday 31st January, 2020 With influences from Wayne Shorter to Rachmaninoff, and playing experience from bebop to hip hop, young saxophonist leader and composer Nye Banfield brought his exciting band of forward-looking musicians for the last pre-Brexit and first New Generation Jazz gig of the current decade to The…

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Live Review: Joe Armon-Jones at Patterns

Joe Armon-Jones Patterns, Brighton Sunday 9th February, 2020 The wave of new young jazz artists flooding out of South London and into the media’s jazz Overton window seems to have eased as its vanguard move to consolidate their advances, but in the meantime Joe Armon-Jones has been unobtrusively but persistently touring the country (when breaks…