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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tom Green: A Man And His Trombone

Read "Tom Green: A Man And His Trombone" reviewed by Nick Davies

Tom Green is a trombonist, composer and arranger described as “a new rising star in the British jazz scene" by Nigel Williams (Jazz FM). In 2014 he was mentioned three times as Jazzwise “One to Watch," and was the recipient of a Help Musicians UK Emerging Excellence award. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy ...

Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling

Read "Kit Downes and Tom Challenger: Organ Crawling" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Pianist-organist Kit Downes is one of the brightest and most articulate talents to emerge from the British and European scenes in recent times. His refusal to be pinned down to any specific career path or musical trajectory is to his credit but even more so is his ability to produce authentic music without compromise across style, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival 2015

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Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival
jny:Belfast, Ireland
March 25-28 , 2015

Brilliant Corners may not be the biggest jazz festival in Northern Ireland--that accolade belongs to the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival--but in just three editions it can already lay claim to being the best.

Eschewing the populist ...

NEWS: EVENT

Brilliant Corners Brings Four Days Of Jazz To Belfast

Brilliant Corners Brings Four Days Of Jazz To Belfast

Hello and welcome to the third edition of Brilliant Corners! You seem to be enjoying our little festival and we’re delighted to be back with another stellar line-up. The four-day event is better than ever, meshing local talent with international contemporaries. We’ve the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Fred Frith, Troyka, Get The Blessing, together with performances from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Live From Birmingham: Tom Harrison, Tad Newton, Wynton Marsalis & Monocled Man

Read "Live From Birmingham: Tom Harrison, Tad Newton, Wynton Marsalis & Monocled Man" reviewed by Martin Longley

Tom Harrison
The Bartons Arms
June 6, 2014

Some of Tom Harrison's band sidemen are more familiar to seasoned UK jazz fans than the leader himself, but the London saxophonist's film music project will doubtless contribute to improving his own profile. It's the kind of conceptual set-up that is ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2014

Read "JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2014" reviewed by Henning Bolte

JazzNorway in a Nutshell 2014
Bergen, Norway
May 21-25, 2014

Bergen, the second largest city of Norway along the northwestern coast of the North Sea, is situated along an impressive mountainous bay. Protected against and open to the sea, to the world it is an illustrious place of a centuries-old merchant tradition, ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Kit Downes: Light From Old Stars

Read "Kit Downes: Light From Old Stars" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Arch collaborator Kit Downes has been near ubiquitous in UK jazz terms over the last few years. His trio collection Golden was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize (the nearest thing to a UK Grammys) in 2010 and considerably raised his public profile. Yet in interview Downes has commented upon the double edged sword that this ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

John Escreet: Sabotage and Celebration

Read "John Escreet: Sabotage and Celebration" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Doncaster born pianist John Escreet recorded this exhilarating modern jazz record in his adopted home of New York on 7 November 2012 informed, he has said in a recent interview, by two events. The first, Hurricane Sandy, was responsible for his incarceration in his Brooklyn apartment for long enough to write and fine tune the material ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Troyk-estra: Live at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2013

Read "Live at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2013" reviewed by Phil Barnes

UK trio Troyka have made significant and idiosyncratic progress with each successive release since their eponymous debut [Edition 2009] and its classic follow up Moxxy [Edition 2012] which added angular post punk guitar shapes to the signature mix of impressionistic keyboard, heavy guitar and prog influenced time changes. Great though both those sets were, nothing therein ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jaga Jazzist: Live with Britten Sinfonia

Read "Jaga Jazzist: Live with Britten Sinfonia" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Norwegian collective Jaga Jazzist don't sit comfortably within genre boundaries. Their earlier UK Ninja Tune releases like A Livingroom Hush (2001) and The Stix (2003) suggested a marriage of jazz texture with glitchy, breakbeat driven electronica in a way that was both diverting and interesting, if likely to incite the wrath of the more traditional jazz ...