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Jazz Musings

THIS year’s Ipswich Jazz Festival is being held towards the end of this month and tickets are now on sale. It starts on Friday, June 23 with a South African, Township style jazz concert by trumpeter Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band at The Manor Ballroom. That concert is …

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Clare Teal

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to talk to Clare Teal recently. Despite the vagaries of both fixed and mobile communications contriving against us,  we discovered that she once played in a punk band! We had to re-arrange this interview because you caught the dreaded lurgy so my …

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Jazz Musings

Suffolk jazz star Polly Gibbons is about to release a new album. The timing couldn’t be better as the Framlingham lass has been nominated for a Jazz FM award. Polly is up for a Vocalist Of The Year gong and must stand a very good chance of collecting it. After …

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Debenham Jazz Festival

Jazz lovers in the heart of Suffolk are in for at treat in Debenham in May when the town’s first ever Jazz Festival takes place at Debenham Community Centre over three days from Friday 5th May 2017. The festival will feature eleven bands over the three days – both local …

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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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Ipswich Jazz Festival

A weekend of great musical events is planned for the next Ipswich Jazz Festival to be held from Friday 23rd June to Sunday 25th June.  Tickets are now on sale for most events. Starting on Friday 23rd June with a South African, Township style jazz concert by trumpeter Claude Deppa …

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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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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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Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize

Edition Records and the Royal Academy of Music are pleased to announce that the 2016 winner of the sixth “Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize” is the outstanding guitarist and composer Rob Luft. The Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize is awarded each year to a young artist who demonstrates excellence in both performance …

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Cambridge Modern Jazz

Returning from our summer break we’ve some tempting attractions in September to kick start our new autumn/winter season.  Rising star Corrie Dick brings a talent-packed band on September 15 promising ‘Impossible Things’, while Emily Saunders band ESB turn everything inside out with their beguiling ‘Outsiders Insiders’ album launch.  As ever …

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Jazz Weekender

The Norwich Jazz Club has just announced its early plans for the celebrated and highly popular Jazz Weekender, which presented its first festival of jazz in 1989. This year it will be taking place from the 2nd to the 4th of September across four fine venues in Norwich’s city centre. …

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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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Zoe Rahman at Fleece Jazz

Jazz can seem like a strange and arcane world to the uninitiated. Its heyday may well have been the 1940s and ’50s but artists and audiences today continue to delved into the genre from many directions. Digby Fairweather – who brings his swinging songbook show to The Cut, Halesworth on …

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Four Young Jazz Musicians in Perfect Harmony

The full audience were visibly delighted at a Norwich Jazz Club gig by singer, Kevin Fitzsimmons who, to my surprise, had never come up on my musical radar before.  I should have guessed at his talent, originality and sheer musical skill for he was introduced and hosted by Norfolk jazz …

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The Double Dip Club

On Friday 26 February the doors to The Double Dip Club open for a second time for a night of decadence and dance, evocative sounds and vintage sights. Housed at The Rep, Ipswich a beautiful venue that lends itself to everything Double Dip represents, 3 acts will span the decades …

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James Hunter Six at The New Wolsey

Were I the sort of music fan who doesn’t bother turning up for the opening act at a gig, then I would never have discovered James Hunter.   Back in 2007 I was lucky enough to get some last minute tickets to see Bryan Adams play at Wembley Arena, but it …

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