Tagged Ropetackle

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Live Review: The Mark Travers Project at The Ropetackle

The Mark Travers Project presents Thelonious Monk Ropetackle, Shoreham Sunday 27th May, 2018       This narrative of Monk’s life and music, where his life was narrated and dramatised, accompanied by music that highlighted the important milestones, covered Monk’s well-known tunes and was interspersed with original compositions by conductor and arranger Mark Travers.      Actor…

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Jon Newey Interview

Award winning music journalist, percussionist and editor in chief of Jazzwise magazine Jon Newey has a keen interest in the history of the UK music press. He spoke to SJM editor Charlie Anderson about his career in music journalism and his initiative to encourage up-and-coming writers. What’s your background in the music press?     I’ve…

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Live Review: Arun Ghosh at The Ropetackle

Arun Ghosh Quintet Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea Saturday 3rd March, 2018       From the vibrant hues of the passport-style gatefold on his latest CD release But Where Are You Really From?, to his trademark traditional Indian stage gear, the subcontinent-influenced grooves  of rising clarinettist Arun Ghosh have recently been making themselves widely felt, notably…

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Andrew McCormack Interview

Tell us about your new project Graviton. It’s a bit new and a bit different to what you’ve done before.     “Yeah, it’s a bit of a change in direction. There’s more of a focus on composition with this album. I was living in New York for a few years, until quite recently and one…

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Clare Hirst Interview

Tell us about the Deppa-Hirst Band and the music that you play.     “Most of us have played together for a long time. This is actually our own project. It’s the first time we’ve had our own band. We’ve been together about a year and a half now and we play a mixture of Claude…

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Live Review: Nicole Henry at The Ropetackle

Nicole Henry Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-sea Wednesday 8th November, 2017       I’d not heard of Nicole Henry until it was announced that she was to perform the opening gig at the London Jazz Festival. I then found out that two days before, the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea had gained the distinction of booking…

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Avery*Sunshine Interview

    Born Denise White and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania (on the outskirts of Philadelphia), she had an upbringing filled with music, especially church gospel music. She started learning to play piano from the age of seven and attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she studied piano, graduating with a degree in philosophy.     Appointed…

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Soweto Kinch interview

How would you describe the kind of music that you play?      “I try not to confine myself too much to genres, but my principle influences are jazz and hip hop. It involves a lot of improvisation, social commentary and having a good time.”   Who are your influences and how have you been able…