Category: Interview

8 March 2019

John Turville Interview

Let’s talk about the new album, Head First. Tell us about the development of it and how it came about. Basically it started a few years ago, the idea of it. Of course you know John Taylor, the great jazz pianist, after he died that was the moment when I thought I really need to […]

1 March 2019

Sarah Tandy Interview

Entitled Infection in the Sentence, pianist Sarah Tandy’s debut album takes its inspiration from a poem by Emily Dickinson. Tandy has a love of both literature and music, learning piano from a young age. “My mum was a piano teacher so when I was a kid, from really young, at 4 or 5, I was […]

1 February 2019

Rosie Turton Interview

How did your new album come about? The album is a 5ive, which is a series that Jazz Re:freshed do, where a musician will write and record five tunes. They’re all composed by me, apart from one tune, Butterfly, which is my own arrangement of Herbie Hancock’s classic tune. It’s taken inspiration from all over […]

1 February 2019

Jason Yarde Interview

Tell us about your band Acoutastic Bombastic. How did it all come about? Way back in 2004 I was offered a commission for the 2005 Cheltenham Jazz Festival by Tony Dudley-Evans, as part of the Jerwood Foundation Rising Stars initiative. It was an opportunity, not only to write some new music, but also to put […]

1 February 2019

Rod Youngs Interview

Rod Youngs is one of the busiest drummers on the jazz scene, though he rarely appears in Sussex. Last year you would have seen him at Love Supreme Festival and Jazz In The Round: Emergence Festival in Hastings with the Denys Baptiste Quartet and as part of A Change Is Gonna Come with Carleen Anderson […]

1 December 2018

Helena Kay Interview

Scottish saxophonist Helena Kay won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year in 2015 and talks to Charlie Anderson about her debut album, Moon Palace.   What inspired you to play the saxophone? I started on piano because my dad and grandad played, then violin because that is what was offered at my primary […]

1 December 2018

Jonny Mansfield Interview

Vibraphonist Jonny Mansfield grew up in the village of Shepley, near Huddersfield in a musical household. “Both of my parents are musical, they’re peripatetic music teachers for Kirklees and Rotherham Music Services. My mum plays oboe and my dad plays bass trombone. I’ve got two older brothers, the oldest plays trombone and the middle one […]

1 December 2018

Hilary Burt Interview

How would you describe the music of ‘Hilary Burt’s Blue Calluna’? My compositions come from a knowledge of jazz and jazz harmony but my writing also has elements of latin, funk and folk. I decided that the most accurate genre is ‘jazz-folk’ but even that doesn’t fit many of my tunes.  I never think about […]

1 December 2018

Words…Charlie Anderson

  My earliest memory of hearing jazz was around the age of 6. It was a memorable sound, very distinctive. It was Count Basie. My dad took me to jazz gigs and festivals from when I was a toddler. He’d regularly take me to a pub called The Goat in St. Albans which had jazz […]

1 November 2018

Tom Barford Interview

Saxophonist Tom Barford was the 2017 winner of the Kenny Wheeler Prize and part of the award was the chance to record an album for the Edition record label. The result is his acclaimed debut album, released in August this year, entitled Bloomer, which was produced by Iain Ballamy. Tom started getting into music at […]

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