1 October 2017

Live Review: Jazz For Labour at The Walrus

Jazz For Labour

Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th September, 2017 

The Walrus, Brighton 


    The brainchild of Jazzwise editor in chief and Brighton resident Jon Newey, and organised by Newey, Terry Seabrook and Julian Nicholas, this two-evening event helped raise more than £1,300 for the local Labour party, in the same week that Labour had their annual conference in Brighton.

    Kicking off on Monday night with Terry Seabrook’s excellent fusion group Triversion,  playing entirely original material written by Seabrook and performed with guitarist Andy Williams and drummer Javier Forero.

    The jam session that followed featured a selection of fine local singers including Lucy Pickering. The support band of Terry Pack and Milo Fell were also joined by local saxophonists. Tenor saxophonist Dan Cartwright  combines a classic tone with a modern approach and interacts expertly with other musicians.

    This was followed by the headline act Liane Carroll singing a selection of some of her favourite tunes, in an engaging solo performance before she was joined by husband/bassist Roger Carey.

    Tuesday night saw an even larger audience and began with the eclectic sounds of the Julian Nicholas Band which featured Mark Edwards on keyboards, vocalist Imogen Ryall, Jon Newey on congas and drummer Buster Birch.

    The jam session afterwards featured performances by more great local singers, including Louis Checkley, Emily Farrar, Vikki Parker and a conference delegate from the Musicians Union.

    The evening was rounded off by a fantastic performance by world-class vocalist Claire Martin performing a selection of standards with Julian Nicholas.

    Overall, the event showcased the amazing talent of the musicians that we have in the Sussex area, and also showed that jazz fans and musicians were willing to come out on a week night to see quality live music that was both entertaining and inclusive.


Charlie Anderson


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