Jazz Portrait of “Smiffy”, Washboard Rhythm King of Lemsford Jazz Club Fame

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Brian Smith, aka "Smiffy", isn’t just a very good friend but one of my jazz heroes for all he does to support jazz in Hertfordshire. With fewer and fewer venues available for loyal fans to enjoy their jazz on a regular basis in what was once a hotbed of jazz, Smiffy launched The Peartree Monday Jazz Club in Welwyn Garden City. In September, … [Read more...]

Jazz Lives at The Star, Old Wives Lees

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It takes a very special landlord to keep jazz going at his pub despite severe setbacks. Earlier this year, Barry, Landlord at The Star, Old Wives Lees, suffered a severe heart attack and not only did Thursday night jazz sessions come to a screaming halt, The Star had to close its doors to all of its regulars. But you just can't keep a good man … [Read more...]

Jazz Portrait of Hugh Masekela at The London Jazz Festival, 2010

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My jazz portrait of South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela captures him on flugelhorn at the Royal Festival Hall during the 2010 London Jazz Festival. His powerful performance of his anti-repression composition "The Coal Train" - described as "a rousing expression of resistance and celebration of the human spirit" - brought the … [Read more...]

Leroy Jones at Donnas Bar 2010

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It's five years since I met Leroy Jones in New Orleans at Donna's Bar during the 2010 French Quarter Festival. He won't remember me now, but when I asked him if I could take photos, not just one or two, but a whole selection for a portrait I aimed to paint of him, he was happy for me to do so. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since … [Read more...]

Focus on Jazz with Jazz Jam • The Bear Club, Luton • 2-5pm, 29th March, 2015

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Jazz Jam - Sunday 29th March 2015 / 2-5pm Luton’s Jazz initiative "Focus On Jazz", founded by DJ/Dancer Perry Louis, presents a new residency for our popular Jazz Jam sessions at The Bear Club Luton. Featuring local musicians performing alongside the resident house band led by Saxophonist Rob Mach, each session has a relaxed and laid-back … [Read more...]

Keith Nichols & Friends at The Bedford

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  Legendary jazz pianist, jazz entertainer and raconteur Keith Nichols is bound to get your feet tapping at The Bedford this coming Thursday! Visit Tad Newton's JazzFriends Online … [Read more...]

Kent Jazz News Spring 2015

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Presenting the Spring 2015 issue of The Kent Jazz News compiled and edited by jazz devotee Harry Stubberfield. It’s packed with news about the jazz scene in Kent and beyond. Click to view your online copy: Kent Jazz News To receive your personal copy of Kent Jazz News in print, email Harry: [email protected][Read more...]

Friday, March 20th: Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra Launch Jazz at The Whitham, Barnard Castle

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The Witham, Barnard Castle is delighted to announce the launch of their much awaited Jazz Season on Friday 20th March Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra Western Swing meets Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country 8:00pm, Friday 20 March 2015  Price: £10 | £8 concessions Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra is one of the hardest working … [Read more...]

Jazz&Jazz Presents: “It’s All About That Bass!” with Charlie Pyne & Close To The Bone

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  “ It’s All About That Bass" was first recorded in June, 2014, by American singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor. Then in October, 2014, Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox created their own “jazz version” of “All About That Bass” with special guest bassist and singer Kate Davis. Here it is my huge privilege to present my … [Read more...]

“I Prefer Old Style Jazz, Jazz That Swings! Modern Jazz Does Nothing For Me!”

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I had a revealing conversation with a young lady about jazz yesterday. She was interested in the YouTubes I produce and asked me if I liked Modern Jazz. It turned out she is disappointed with Jamie Cullen because she finds his music has become "too modern, too abstract. It goes nowhere and does nothing for me!” She added that the jazz she … [Read more...]