Articles by Ian Patterson

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Vilnius Jazz 2019

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Vilnius Jazz 2019 Russian Drama Theatre jny:Vilnius, Lithuania October 16-20, 2019 Is a jazz festival primarily about entertainment, or is it meant to challenge the expectations of its audience? Does programming risk mean financial suicide? What responsibility does a festival have to promote young, emerging talent? What place do women have in jazz today? How does jazz benefit from collaborations with other art forms? Does jazz carry a diplomatic passport, or should its practitioners ...

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The Casimir Connection: Cause and Effect

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Though perhaps best known as a writer, arranger and leader of big bands, particularly the seventeen-piece Giant Steppes, saxophonist Diane McLoughlin is no stranger to the cut and thrust of small ensemble dynamics; the London-based musician plays with both the Alison Rayner Quintet and the Chris Hodgson Quartet. The Casimir Connection, however, is a different proposition; a new quartet, its debut release is a chamberesque blend of contemporary classical, Eastern European folk and jazz. McLoughlin's elegant and subtly layered through-composed ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2019

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Galway Jazz Festival 2019 Various venues Galway, Ireland October 2-6, 2019 Bat song may be a first at a jazz festival, but then they do things differently here in Galway. Bats were in and plastic was out. No plastic laminates or cable ties, no plastic on outdoor advertising, no plastic wrapping on backstage food, and no plastic bottles were permitted by the organizers of GJF19. With carbon footprint awareness the name of the ...

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Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation & Jazz 1850-1950

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Freedom Music: Wales, Emancipation & Jazz 1850-1950 Jen Wilson 336 Pages ISBN: 978-1-78683-407-2 University of Wales Press 2019 The emancipation in the title of Jen Wilson's deeply researched book is two-pronged. On the one hand it refers to African American slaves risking their lives to escape pre-civil war plantations and gain freedom. On the other, it references the battles of Welsh women, in roughly the same historical period, for social, political and economic ...

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European Jazz Conference 2019

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 European Jazz Conference 2019 Various Venues jny: Novara, Italy September 12-15, 2019 For its sixth edition the European Jazz Conference dropped anchor in sunny Italy. Where Rome or Milan might have been more obvious locations for such a high-powered international gathering, the baton instead passed to Novara, in the Piedmont region of Italy's North-West. Novara, however, has jazz pedigree of its own, being home ...

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The Vinyl Frontier: The Story Of The Voyager Golden Record

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The Vinyl Frontier:The Story Of The Voyager Golden Record Jonathon Scott 288 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4729-5613-2 Bloomsbury Sigma 2019 It was a message-in-a-bottle on a truly cosmic scale. In 1977, two golden records containing images, music and sounds from Earth were attached to the sides of the Voyager I and Voyager II spacecraft and launched into deep space. The records were intended as a cosmic greeting and a message of peace to any ...

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Jazzmeia Horn: Love & Liberation

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It's a big step for any singer, the move from interpreter of jazz standards to songwriter. And when you've been Grammy-nominated for a debut album of covers, as Jazzmeia Horn was with A Social Call (Prestige, 2017), the temptation must be to carry on in the same vein. Horn, however, clearly has greater ambition, as the eight originals on her follow-up attest. Not that she's thrown the baby out with the bathwater, for swing, blues, bebop, gospel and thrilling vocal ...

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Trish Clowes: Sounding Colors, Playing With Gravity

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If it hadn't been that day, twenty some years ago when the young Trish Clowes first felt the pull of the tenor saxophone, it would surely have been another. Barely in her teens at the time, Shropshire-born saxophonist and award-winning composer Clowes already played piano, clarinet and sang when she went to see her Dad, an amateur trumpeter, play with the local big band. “When I heard a tenor saxophone feature on “In a Sentimental Mood" I thought ...

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Trish Clowes: Ninety Degrees Gravity

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Trish Clowes' stock has risen steadily since her debut, Tangent (Basho Records, 2010), which featured jazz quartet and, on several tracks, orchestra. That record announced a promising and ambitious voice, one equally at home with jazz and classical colors. Since then the saxophonist has continued to explore the meeting of jazz, voice and strings, attracting a growing chorus of admirers along the way. With the critically acclaimed My Iris (Basho Records, 2017), Clowes opted for a more stripped down, jazz ...

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Free Jazz In Japan: A Personal History

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Free Jazz In Japan: A Personal History Soejima Teruto 367 Pages ISBN: 978-4-9908636-5-4 Public Bath Press 2019 An absolute legend in Japanese free-jazz circles, Soejima Teruto wrote about, lectured on and promoted the music he loved for almost sixty years. This personal account of the birth and development of free jazz in Japan was originally published in Japanese in 2002, and thanks to Public Path Press, now makes an overdue appearance in English, ...

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Mike Westbrook Orchestra: Catania

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A major figure in British jazz since the late 1950s, composer-pianist Mike Westbrook continues to write, perform and record at a rate of knots which would leave contenders half his 83 years on the ropes. Four albums since 2016, including--after a gap of forty years—not one but two solo piano recordings, are testament to the creative fire that continues to burn inside him. This previously-unreleased live recording from Sicily in 1992, captures the twenty-three-piece Mike Westbrook Orchestra in truly scintillating ...

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NYOS Jazz Orchestra Featuring Yazz Ahmed @ The MAC

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NYOS Jazz Orchestra Featuring Yazz Ahmed The MAC jny:Belfast, N. Ireland July 22 , 2019 It was a pretty decent crowd for a Monday night. An older crowd, drawn to big-band jazz. Few, it seemed, were Belfast jazz gig regulars, at least, not the usual suspects who pitch up to watch the likes of Sons of Kemet, Instant Composers Pool or Get The Blessing. But if any in the audience expected the National Youth ...


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