Jazz

Jazz Raconteurs

Jazz is soldiering on through the bleaker months of the year with a reasonable crop of dates, given the temperature. And no more so than a duo, with house trio, promising to bring the humour of legendary raconteurs Humph and Ronnie to the Norwich Jazz Club stage at the Maddermarket …

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Classical Music Sensibilities

The standout name this month would seem to be William Butterworth, who brings a string of mid-month dates, at The Fleece (Stoke-by-Nayland), Anteros Arts (Norwich) and Jazz East (Felixstowe).  Just a few years ago a reviewer chided that this remarkable pianist didn’t ‘get out of London enough’; perhaps implying that …

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Tribute to Nat

I’ve not yet seen saxophonist Martin Eaton live.  I had my chance last month at the Jazz@The Hub session at Sheringham’s Little Theatre up on the Norfolk coast.  But going by an upload of ‘The Nearness of You’, with just piano accompaniment, Eaton brings to mind the warm and soulful …

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Tuning In To The New & Old

My demanding deadline of the 10th of the month before (note to all jazz venues) has coincided it seems with the launch of a new national jazz radio ‘station’, so thus an excuse for a theme. New radio often marked a new wave (length) in music: Radio Caroline bobbed offshore …

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Cambridge Highlights

Cambridge Jazz Festival is undoubtedly where it’s at this month (16th to 27th November).  Although launched only two years ago, as an annual celebration of jazz across the city this festival succeeds in bringing together nightclubs and theatres, double-bills and workshops, mainstream and modern, town and gown.  The festival’s banner …

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Grace & Elegance

Trombone has been a figure of fun down the ages, with its big loopy image and droopy clownish sound.  Donald Duck had Trombone Trouble in 1944, Music Hall comic Jimmy Edwards spoofed in 1966 before the Jack Parnell Orchestra, and of course there was Douglas in a certain Danish butter …

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Moonlighting

Spare a thought for the lives of travelling jazz musicians.  Before returning to our corner of the world in October Gilad Atzmon, mentioned in closing in last month’s column, will have whirlwind-toured London, St Ives (Cornwall), Welwyn Garden City, Paris, Germany, Switzerland; San Francisco, Portland, New York City and Baltimore, …

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Quiet August

In spite of the nation’s extraordinary decision in June, we now readily adopt European habits such as the August vacation.  So there’s not so much on this month, although Hot Numbers at Dale’s Brewery in Cambridge is to be commended for its five different jazz offerings in August. A fellow …

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Toe-Tapping Numbers

Latin-jazz is interesting territory to muse upon.  A sub-genre, a meeting of styles, or just those toe-tapping numbers in an otherwise swing set?  It’s of course Latin America – but from where?  A song I heard performed last month was entitled Tequila Samba.  Surely a mojito would be the accompanying …

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Home-Cooked Soul-Jazz Grooves

Some great guitarists, who usually ensure a healthy turnout, are in our patch this month, so I thought I’d feature a few.  Suffolk gets two chances to appreciate 1970s jazz-fusion favourite John Etheridge in contrasting modes.  Etheridge has quite a pedigree in interesting musical collaborations and supporting roles having played …

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