Author: SJM

1 January 2022

Big Band Scene January 2022

Happy New Year. As we go into what looks like being the third year of uncertainty and disruption over the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully there may still be a handful of big band gigs. For which, please consult the listings. But as I warned earlier, it is strongly recommended that you contact the given number beforehand, […]

1 January 2022

Jazz Essentials: Dave Douglas – Charms of the Night Sky

Dave Douglas Charms of the Night Sky (Winter & Winter) New Jersey-born trumpeter Dave Douglas is a hard man to pin down, a prolific and protean musician whose output varies wildly according to who he is playing with. This is a man, after all, who dared to record a new version of Coltrane‚Äôs challenging Ascension […]

8 December 2021

Devonshire Park Jazz Sessions

Get 10% Off Tickets to the Devonshire Park Jazz Sessions 2022 sees a new place to experience live jazz. The Winter Garden in Eastbourne will host jazz artists from the local area, together with acclaimed acts from around the UK. Saturday 26th February 2022 sees the Devonshire Park Jazz Sessions begin with an afternoon concert […]

1 December 2021

December Issue Free to Download

The December issue of Sussex Jazz Magazine is available to download for free via this link: December 2021 In this issue Charlie Anderson interviews bassist and composer Terry Pack ahead of the ‘Conference of the Trees’, a festival at Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham in January that features bands associated with Terry Pack’s Trees. Simon […]

11 November 2021

Woolwich Works: The New Venue In Town

When I think of a vibrant cultural hub in South East London, Woolwich is not the first destination that comes to my mind. Once an important naval, military and industrial area, it has been for some years undergoing extensive urban regeneration supported by Greenwich Council and other property developers. Some of those investments are already […]

1 November 2021

November Issue Free To Download

The November issue of Sussex Jazz Magazine is available to download for free via this link: November Issue The issue features a piece by Patricia Pascal who writes about London’s new venue Woolwich Works, with upcoming performances from trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey who is featured on our front cover (photo by Toby Coulson). Live painter Gina […]

1 October 2021

NYJO Interviews: Olivia Murphy

Olivia, as arranger for the upcoming Amy Winehouse celebration, what have been the biggest challenges that you’ve faced? There’s been a few! Perhaps one of the challenges throughout has been trying to find a balance of staying true & respectful to the original material but still allowing myself to have a voice as a composer […]

1 October 2021

NYJO Interviews: Winston Rollins

There are lots of Amy Winehouse tributes around, but what makes the upcoming NYJO one different? Yes, there is a lot of Amy Winehouse tributes around, but what makes our show special, the fact that Amy was the featured singer with NYJO when she was 16, with myself being on the original Frank album session […]

1 October 2021

NYJO Interview: Mark Armstrong

Tell us about your history with NYJO and how you first got involved with them. Originally I was a trumpet player in the Jazz Orchestra while I was studying music in London. I kept playing with the band from about 21 up to the cut-off age of 25 but the founding Music Director, Bill Ashton, […]

1 September 2021

Mark Kavuma Interview

I interviewed Mark Kavuma on the day that his new record label Banger Factory Records was officially launched. The Banger Factory began as a quintet performing weekly at The Prince of Wales in Brixton but now, seven years later, has grown to an octet and now a recording label. Your new album is out on […]

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