Tagged Peter Batten

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July Issue Free to Download

The July issue of Sussex Jazz Magazine is now available and free to download here: SJM July 2020   Our 102nd issue features the following: The cover features a photo of bassist Isobella Burnham by Pat Pascal. Column by Pat Pascal’s column talks about diversity in jazz, with photos of young black musicians to look…

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June Issue Free to Download

The June issue of Sussex Jazz Magazine is now available and free to download here: SJM June 2020   Our 101st issue features the following: The cover features a painting of cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson by artist Gina Southgate. Interview with trumpeter Avashai Cohen by SJM writer George Richardson. Columns by Simon Spillett and Gina Southgate….

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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…

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Peter Batten Interview (part 1)

Born in Bermondsey in 1933 Peter was six years old when war broke out. “I have a lot of horrible memories of the war. It was all quiet for about a year and then the Blitz really started and that was absolutely horrible. I lived through that either in Bermondsey or at my uncle’s bungalow…

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Pete Recommends…Howard McGhee – Dusty Blue

Howard McGhee Dusty Blue [Archive Music Revisited CD AMR 870]   The Bebop years of the 1940s produced one phenomenal trumpeter, Dizzy Gillespie. Two others, very close in quality, also appeared: Howard McGhee and Fats Navarro. As a young trad trumpet player, just starting out, they all amazed me. Every solo from Fats seemed to…