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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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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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Dave O’Higgins & Rob Luft Interview

SJM editor Charlie Anderson spoke to saxophonist Dave O’Higgins and guitarist Rob Luft at the start of their UK tour to promote their new album O’Higgins & Luft Play Monk & Trane.   Dave O’Higgins and Rob Luft have recorded a new album that they are currently touring throughout the UK. The musicians first met…

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Peter Batten Interview (part 1)

Born in Bermondsey in 1933 Peter was six years old when war broke out. “I have a lot of horrible memories of the war. It was all quiet for about a year and then the Blitz really started and that was absolutely horrible. I lived through that either in Bermondsey or at my uncle’s bungalow…

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Column: Eddie Myer – All Night Long

In his biography of Debussy, Eric Frederick Jensen records a conversation between the great pianist and composer and his friend and mentor Ernest Giraud. Debussy plays a series of intervals on the piano – notated in the book as impossible-to-parse mix of apparently random clusters and wider leaps – and Giraud asks him what they…

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Live Review: Mark Kavuma at The Verdict

New Generation Jazz: Mark Kavuma & The Banger Factory The Verdict, Brighton Friday 25th October, 2019 It was hard bop twenty first century style when Ugandan born trumpet star Mark Kavuma brought his highly impressive sextet to The Verdict’s monthly New Generation Jazz gig on the last Friday of October. Known as The Banger Factory,…