1 May 2020

Jazz News (May 2020)

The Verdict Receives Crisis Grant Brighton’s The Verdict have received a crisis grant to help ensure its survival during the current coronavirus pandemic. The much-needed funds were confirmed in late April. Roxanne Checkley said, “I am immensely relieved and grateful, my thoughts are with the other 500+ venues that face potential closure in this crisis.” […]

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5 April 2020

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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3 April 2020

Terry Pack: Reflections on the Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis

A musician’s reflections on the effects of the Coronavirus crisis What a thing it is to be a musician: to write and arrange music, to practise and rehearse, to play and perform. In so many ways, I am perfectly suited to this enforced self-isolation. I spend so much time alone as it is, and always […]

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2 April 2020

Words…Marilyn du Sax

  I was born in The Wirral, but moved to Manchester when I was 7. I had 2 sisters and 6 girl cousins who we’d meet at Grandma’s house most Sundays. I remember questioning if I was really a boy, but stopped short of thinking I was a girl, which is why I don’t think of myself […]

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23 March 2020

Livestream Review: Alina Bzhezhinska and Tony Kofi

Alina Bzhezhinska and Tony Kofi Livestream from Alina’s house Sunday 22nd March, 2020 ‘Unprecedented’ is the word of the moment, but there is nothing new under the sun. In 1918, at the dawn of the jazz age, the Spanish flu swept the world with devastating consequences, due in part to the authorities’ failure to recognise […]

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1 March 2020

Interview: Alabaster DePlume

Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Alabaster DePlume launches his new album and talks to Charlie Anderson I arranged to meet Alabaster DePlume at the Total Refreshment Centre in Dalston. As Emma Warren notes in the opening chapter of her book Make Some Space, the entrance is simply a black door with TRC stencilled on it, and […]

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1 March 2020

Jazz Essentials: John Coltrane – The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings

John Coltrane The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (Impulse!) In late October 1961 saxophonist John Coltrane started a run of gigs at the famed Village Vanguard club in New York’s Greenwich Village. His new-that-spring record label Impulse! – famously “The House That Trane Built” – took the opportunity to record the group on four nights […]

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1 March 2020

Column: Simon Spillett – BOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!

If the following doesn’t quite hang together in a completely cogent manner please forgive me. I’m suffering from too little sleep and rather more specifically from the kind of all over sense of relief that comes when something you’ve sweated over, obsessed about, and previously only considered the stuff of bucket lists and dreams finally […]

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1 March 2020

Pete Recommends…Hoagy Carmichael – Hoagy Sings Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael Hoagy Sings Carmichael ART PEPPER. I have put that in capitals because I do not want anyone to be put off by assuming that is just a Hoagy Carmichael album. This is a session of West Coast Jazz which includes some superb examples of Art’s playing. In 1956 Pacific Jazz decided to produce […]

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1 March 2020

Interview: Marianne Windham

Double bassist and promoter Marianne Windham spoke to Charlie Anderson during her preparations for the Guildford Jazz Festival in March.   How did you first get into music? “In the very beginning I played cello when I was at school aged 12 and did all of the classical grades. I stopped playing in my 20s […]

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