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Live Review: Quinn Oulton at New Generation Jazz

New Generation Jazz: Quinn Oulton The Verdict, Brighton Friday 29th November 2019   Multi-instrumentalist, singer, teacher and composer Quinn Oulton was the latest in a long line of young band leaders to showcase their talents during this year’s New Generation Jazz series at Brighton’s Verdict Jazz Club. Fresh from a successful gig at Kansas Smitty’s…

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Live Review: Ezra Collective at Concorde 2

Ezra Collective Concorde 2, Brighton Wednesday 27th November, 2019   Ezra Collective were at Concorde 2 as part of their UK tour and they were there to party and celebrate their connection to the South Coast. Having performed at New Generation Jazz, Love Supreme and Brainchild festivals it’s no surprise that their biggest listenership on…

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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,…

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Live Review: Carmen Souza at The Verdict

Carmen Souza The Verdict, Brighton Wednesday 13th November, 2019   Carmen Souza, a Portuguese vocalist of Cape Verdean heritage performed a spectacular tribute to Horace Silver (who shares a similar heritage) and performed a number of his tunes in the distinctive musical styles of Cape Verde, such as morna and funaná. This wasn’t, however, your typical Horace Silver…

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Album Review: Calum Gourlay – New Ears

Calum Gourlay Quartet New Ears (Ubuntu – UBU0043) Dark hues prevail in this bass-led project, with the higher register of Helena Kay’s precise, clear-toned tenor and drummer du jour James Maddren’s restless, polyrhythmic cymbal patterns providing the upper frequencies over the rich low end of bass and trombone. Gourlay is a mainstay of the London…