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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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