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4th Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition

Read "4th Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition" reviewed by Ian Patterson

4th Zbigniew Seifert International Jazz Violin Competition Cricoteka Museum, Kraków, Poland/Various international locations on-line July 8-10, 2020 When the fanfare and drum roll had died down the big moment arrived. After three days of on-line competition, the six finalists waited anxiously in front of their screens, in Israel, The USA, Austria, ...

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John Pearce Violin

Born in Bristol, John Pearce began learning the violin at the age of seven and has since performed in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Japan as well as at venues in London including the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St. John’s, Smith Square. He has performed live on BBC radio and television and has given world premieres of works by composers such as Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. As a soloist, he has performed concertos by Bach, Bruch, Beethoven and Brahms and has given duo recitals with pianist and composer Motoki Hirai. Festival performances have included the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Bath Festival and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. John had the honour of receiving an award from the Former Parliamentary under Secretary of State for an outstanding contribution to music and was awarded a bursary at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Gyorgy Pauk, later continuing his studies privately with Bela Katona

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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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Heather Cairncross: At Last

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At Last is named for singer Heather Cairncross' cover version of Harry Warren and Matt Gordon's classic love song, but it may equally well serve as an exclamation of relief. This is an album that Cairncross has been thinking about making for some years. In 2011, everything came together and Cairncross was finally able to record ...

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Alan Barnes & William Ellis - Live! Scarborough Jazz Festival, September 25th

Alan Barnes & William Ellis - Live!  Scarborough Jazz Festival, September 25th

William Ellis is one of the world's leading jazz photographers and also an informative and highly entertaining speaker who has given talks on his work internationally. In this show, as his photographs are screened, William gives us the story behind each shot, and saxophonist Alan Barnes leads an all-star band performing a piece by each selected ...

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Jim Tomlinson: The Lyric

Read "The Lyric" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Saxophonist Jim Tomlinson originally released The Lyric in 2005 on his own Token Records label, winning the 2006 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album. It's a skillfully crafted collection of standards, given graceful and stylish life by the husband and wife partnership of Tomlinson and singer Stacey Kent. The recording gets a 2011 mid-price rerelease on ...

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Johnny Griffin: Live at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Once known as the “fastest tenor in the west" for executing fast notes with ease, saxophonist Johnny Griffin leaves one last recording to remember him by with Live At Ronnie Scott's. The album documents a two-night engagement in May 2008, at the legendary London jazz club, to celebrate the artist's eightieth birthday, and features a host ...

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Johnny Griffin: Live At Ronnie Scott's

Read "Live At Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Live At Ronnie Scott's is likely to draw in a lot of jazz listeners for two reasons. First, this album was the final recording that the late Johnny Griffin--known as a saxophone speed demon--made as a leader. While other unreleased material might make its way to the market at a later date, this is Grffin's last ...


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