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Patricia Pascal Interview

Promoters of young jazz talent, Jazznewblood are celebrating their 5th year. Founder Patricia Pascal spoke to Charlie Anderson about its history and successes.   What gave you the idea to start Jazznewblood? I first started my contact with the youth jazz scene in 2012 through my personal experience of raising two precocious young musicians and…

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Nye Banfield Interview

A recent graduate of the jazz course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, saxophonist Nye Banfield spoke to Charlie Anderson ahead of his appearance for New Generation Jazz at The Verdict in January.   How did you first get into music? I grew up in Leicestershire but I went to school in Grantham, in Lincolnshire, a tiny…

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Peter Batten Interview (Part 2)

This interview is a continuation of Part 1 of the interview available here.   What happened after you left university? I worked in London for a time for the LCC and played in various odd little bands around London, then I got married, moved to Peterborough and played in a jazz band there. After that…

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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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Calum Gourlay Interview

Bassist Calum Gourlay is currently touring the UK ahead of the release of his debut quartet album, New Ears, on 6th December. The tour includes an appearance at The Verdict in Brighton on Saturday 16th November. His impressive band features saxophonist Helena Kay, trombonist Kieran McLeod and drummer James Maddren. Calum was always interested in…

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Jim Rattigan Interview

Let’s start by talking a bit about your background. How did you get into music? I’ve done music forever. I literally started life as an Irish dancer, can you believe. My parents were Irish. I can’t remember not doing it, I was so young. And then I got into the piano accordion, I did that…

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Imogen Ryall Interview

Vocalist Imogen Ryall has been part of the UK jazz scene for a growing number of years. Here she talks to Charlie Anderson about her work as a lyricist and her latest project Anöna Trio.   When Claire Martin recorded an album with guitarist Jim Mullen last year, in tribute to Wes Montgomery, it featured…

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Arun Luthra Interview

New York saxophonist and konnakol artist Arun Luthra spoke to Charlie Anderson about his blending of jazz and South Indian music.   Tell us about your background and how you got into jazz.      I’m the child of an Indian father and a British mother. I was born in the U.S. and raised in both…

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Noah Ball interview

Charlie Anderson spoke to Noah Ball, the man behind Outlook and Dimensions festivals, and the new UK festival We Out Here.   Noah Ball is the founder and managing director of NVS Music Group, the company behind Outlook & Dimensions festivals. He has been a core part of the Croatian festival market, also responsible for…