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Alan Barnes

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1977-80 Alan studied saxophone, woodwinds and arranging at the Leeds College of music. In 1980 he moved to London, playing with the Midnight Follies Orchestra and the following year was with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, touring Europe until 1983. In that year he left to join the hard bop band of Tommy Chase where he attracted considerable attention on the UK jazz scene for the first time. He left Chase in 1986 to co-lead The Jazz Renegades with rock drummer Steve White travelling as far afield as Japan and recording four well received albums. In 1988 Alan was asked to fill the chair recently vacated by Bruce Turner in the Humphrey Lyttleton band where he stayed until 1992. 1987-97 he also found time to lead the Pizza Express Modern Jazz Sextet with Gerard Prescencer and Dave O'Higgins

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley, Part 1

Read "Hanksgiving - A Tribute to Hank Mobley, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


For our seasonal Hanksgiving show, this year we pay tribute to Hank Mobley, both as a saxophonist and a composer, by playing music from his albums, which are a cornerstone of the Blue Note sound and catalogue, and renditions of his music by musicians that came after him. There's so much to love in Mobley's repertoire. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Bond and other Secret Agents, Spies and Detectives - Part 2

Read "James Bond and other Secret Agents, Spies and Detectives - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the first part of the show [click here to listen to it] we focused on jazz inspired by the music composed by James Barry for the James Bond series. Here we switch our attention to other great soundtrack composers like Lalo Schifrin, or Quincy Jones, and other movie characters like Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Marple, Nero ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Westbrook Orchestra: Catania

Read "Catania" reviewed by Ian Patterson


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 ...

News: Recording

The Sax Section: Oh Gee!

The Sax Section: Oh Gee!

From time to time, I post on albums that showcase saxophone sections. What can I say, I'm a sucker for reeds. The last time I posted on such an album was in June, when I wrote about Jay Cameron's International Sax Band from 1955 and provided a long list of my favorite sax section albums (go ...

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Article: Live Review

Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet Ronnie Scott's EFG London Jazz festival November 20, 2014 One of the most pleasing aspects of the EFG London Jazz Festival is its reach into the many jazz clubs dotted around the capital. Whilst the concert halls host the big names and draw the tourists ...

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News: Award / Grant

The 2014 British Jazz Awards: The Results

The Winners of the 28th British Jazz Awards are announced today across the 12 solo instrument categories, two sections for bands and two trade awards to record companies. Known as the Jazz Oscars, The British Jazz Awards have been presented every year since 1987 and have long been established as the most important jazz awards in ...

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Article: Album Review

Sax Appeal: Funkerdeen

Read "Funkerdeen" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Three decades since it was established, by leader and alto player Derek Nash, the UK's Sax Appeal still retains the fire and enthusiasm of youth--and a five saxophone front line that's more than capable of translating that energy into a big, bold, crowd-pleasing sound. Funkerdeen is the band's sixth album. As the title suggests, funk is ...

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Article: Interview

Linley Hamilton: Right On The Wavelength

Read "Linley Hamilton: Right On The Wavelength" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Trumpeter Linley Hamilton has been a mainstay of the Northern Irish jazz scene for well over two decades. An in-demand session musician, Hamilton has played on over a hundred recordings of various stripes, lending his burnished tone to rock and pop artists and singer-songwriters alike. But it's as a jazz musician, jazz educator, jazz radio broadcaster, ...

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News: Festival

First Names For Brecon Jazz 30th Pay Tribute To Origins

First Names For Brecon Jazz 30th Pay Tribute To Origins

Brecon Jazz 2014 is the 30th anniversary year of the world-famous festival, and in tribute, the organizer Orchard has announced the first few names for August 8-10, with appearances by trumpeter Warren Vaché and renowned local band Mike Harries and the Root Doctors who both played at the first ever Brecon Jazz in 1984, a reunited ...


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