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Big Band Scene (Feb. 2020)

So far, in the so-called real world, things appear to be going from bad to worse. It seems that our very own Duke and Duchess are abandoning the county to enjoy transatlantic attractions. And that the White House incompetent is disregarding international law to exacerbate the crisis in the Middle East, with repercussions likely to…

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Jazz News (Jan. 2020)

Brian Homer Photo Exhibition Freelance jazz photographer Brian Homer has a new exhibition at Centrala in Birmingham from 15th January to 1st February. The exhibition features photographs from a collaborative pilot research project called Everyday Jazz Life, a photographic project on contemporary jazz musicians lives in Birmingham and coincides with the Documenting Jazz Conference at…

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Big Band Scene (Jan. 2020)

Happy New Year. In contrast to the general gloom about the state of the nation, there is good news on the big band scene. 2020 shows an increase of four Sussex based big bands compared with 2019. Who are included in my annual January list of active gigging big bands based in the county.  As…

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Column: Simon Spillett – Sixty Not Out

So…where to begin? I was honoured to be among the sixty saxophonists chosen to close the Ronnie Scott’s 60th Anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall, a logistical feat that required – as Ronnie himself might have put it – ‘the cunning of a sewer rat and the timing of a Swiss watch.’ The bulk…

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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…