Tag: Review

1 April 2016

Live Review: John Lake Band

John Lake Band The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 26th March       Pianist John Lake released his debut album Up On The Downs in 2013 and played some of the pieces from that album, but this night was very much about the new material from his new album Wave of Translation.     Beginning with the upbeat […]

1 April 2016

Live Review: Soft Machine Legacy at Trading Boundaries

  Soft Machine Legacy Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green Saturday 26th March 2016       Into the velvety countryside darkness, down narrow winding roads, deep damp green leaves swishing past, round twisty frondy bends and under cathedral-roof tree branches arching high overhead, the car snakes and undulates forward, with each mile civilisation is retreating further behind, […]

1 April 2016

Live Review: Tim Garland Electric Quartet at Brighton Dome

Tim Garland Electric Quartet Brighton Dome Studio Theatre Wednesday 16th March 2016       Tim Garland last appeared in Brighton with the same personnel in October 2014. This time round the band is now his ‘electric quartet’ featuring Jason Rebello on keyboard and Ant Law on an assortment of guitars.     Performing a number of […]

1 February 2016

Jazz Education Review: Dave Liebman Masterclass

Dave Liebman Masterclass Brighton Jazz School Masterclass Series The Verdict, Brighton Sunday 24th January 2016, 4pm       Beginning with an overview of his background, Liebman was, not surprisingly, full of stories and anecdotes about his life in jazz performing with the likes of Miles Davis and Elvin Jones.     He began on piano at […]

1 February 2016

Live Review: South Coast Jazz Festival 2016

Jack Kendon Quintet + Alex Garnett’s Bunch of Fives South Coast Jazz Festival Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham Thursday 21st January       Amidst gloomy economic predictions for 2016 and a continuing squeeze on spending for the Arts, it’s very heartening to be back in Shoreham’s Ropetackle Centre for the return of the South Coast Jazz Festival. […]

1 November 2015

Live Review: Richard Exall/Ben Cummings at Smalls, Brighton

Richard Exall/Ben Cummings Smalls, Brighton Thursday 15th October 2015   If you like small band mainstream melodic jazz, then Small’s is definitely the place for you. Dennis Simpson books the finest British, European and visiting American musicians fortnightly from October to May each year. Check out the web site to view the outstanding programme. www.smallsjazzbrighton.com  […]

1 November 2015

Live Review: Geoff Simkins/Sheryl Bailey at The Verdict

Geoff Simkins/Sheryl Bailey Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Saturday 24th October 2015       Both guitarist Sheryl Bailey and saxophonist Geoff Simkins are experienced jazz educators, Geoff teaching locally, whilst Sheryl Bailey teaches at Berklee and the Stanford Jazz Workshops.  Fittingly then, this evening was a masterclass in musicianship with both musicians soloing fluidly over some […]

1 November 2015

Live Review: Robert Fowler Quartet at Eastbourne

Robert Fowler Quartet Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne Friday 9th October 2015   Playing melodic standards from the Great American Songbook, plus jazz standards such as Bernie’s Tune, the Robert Fowler Quartet provided an evening of swinging music and beautiful ballads. Very satisfactory.   Robert Fowler, sax; Robin Aspland, piano; Jeremy Brown, bass; Matt Home, drums. […]

1 November 2015

Live Review: Gary Crosby’s Groundation at The Verdict

Gary Crosby’s Groundation The Verdict, Brighton Friday 30th October 2015       Beginning with a Shirley Tetteh original dedicated to mandolin player Joshua Pinkham and guitarist Frank Vignola, straight away the music was full of energetic, powerful drumming from young Moses Boyd, together with rhythmic interplay with Shirley Tetteh, accompanied by the strong, full sound […]

1 September 2015

Live Review: Sam Eagles Quartet at The Verdict

Sam Eagles Quartet Friday 28th August The Verdict, Brighton       With a selection of beautiful original compositions taken from Sam’s album Next Beginning (on the Fire label) the interval left the audience wanting more.     The second half was the highlight of the evening as the band began to take off. Beginning with the […]

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