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American Frederick Thomas: 'The Black Russian' Who Connected Jazz To The Margins Of Asia

Read "American Frederick Thomas: 'The Black Russian' Who Connected Jazz To The Margins Of Asia" reviewed by Arthur R George

The child of former slaves, Frederick Bruce Thomas' New York Times obituary called him “the sultan of jazz," for the jazz palace he founded in Constantinople (now jny: Istanbul) after World War I, a jazz borderland beyond even the music's early jny: Paris outpost. He was hosting bands in Constantinople in 1921 even before Louis Armstrong ...

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Billy Pod

Vassilis Podaras (aka Billy Pod) was born in Athens,Greece in 1988. He started playing drums at the age of 11. His musical studies include 6 years of classical piano and violin lessons. At the age of 18 he was accepted at the jazz department of the Ionian university of Corfu and 5 years later he got his Bachelor degree and later his Masters degree in jazz performance. From 2009 he is one of the most active musicians in the Greek jazz scene collaborating and performing internationally at festivals and venues in Europe,USA and Asia. Tivon Pennicott, Jd Walter , Emmet Cohen ,Rufus Reid ,Bobby Sanabria ,Manfred Schoof ,Olivier Temime ,Timo Lassy ,Dean Bowman ,George Kontrafouris ,Takis Paterelis ,Vasilis Rakopoulos ,Dimos Dimitriadis ,Dimitri Vasilakis ,Vasilis Xenopoulos ,Nikolas Anadolis among others are some of his latest collaborations. He is member of the band the Next Step Quintet (latest release feat.Tivon Pennicott)

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Rachel Huggins Uplifts And Inspires With Jazz-infused Debut Ep 'Keep Dreaming'

Rachel Huggins Uplifts And Inspires With Jazz-infused Debut Ep 'Keep Dreaming'

The London singer-songwriter gives an injection of much-needed vibrancy via her debut EP Keep Dreaming. Singer-songwriter Rachel Huggins weaves a rich tapestry with her debut EP, Keep Dreaming. Hers is a sound emerging from London’s thriving jazz scene, interwoven with flecks of funk, soul and golden, RnB grooves. The five-track release is about “uplifting your inner ...

Marco Moura

azz guitarist and composer, based in London, originally from Porto, Portugal. With punk and psychdelic rock backgrounds, I've started to study jazz in 2012 in Porto. In 2018, enrolled the Jazz BA in Middlesex University in London. During these last years I've been playing with many people from the scene in Porto, working on function gigs and also with original music. In 2018 I also started to work in my original with my quartet, that has a line-up from Porto and another from London, recording an EP in London in the beginning of 2019, realising an album soon this year. In London aside from my studies he play, record and give lessons regularly

When Rivers Meet

Read "When Rivers Meet" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The British blues and rock duo, When Rivers Meet, is made up of wife and husband Grace and Aaron Bond. The pair are trying to gain traction with the release of two extended-play recordings showing off their considerable musical wares. Similar in temperament to the Lovell sisters, Rebecca and Megan AKA Larkin Poe, When Rivers Meet ...

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Matt Clark

Matt Clark is a guitarist/composer from London, England. His career has spanned 35 years, encompassing genres as broad as punk, alternative, jazz and blues, experimental and electronic dance music. Matt is currently working with a number of projects: Matt Clark Three – Jazz influenced grooves. Mostly instrumental. Combining a love of lo-fi loops and samples, avant-garde jazz and New York No Wave to create a sound at once old and new, Brighton based musician Matt Clark introduces new sounds for a locked down world… Phonoscene Presents – Live improvised film scores

Joy Ellis

Joy Ellis is a pianist, singer and composer based in London. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama she has toured all over the world playing jazz. Past gig highlights include Ronnie Scott’s, the Jazz Café and the Barbican Pit Theatre in London, the London Jazz Festival, the Cork Jazz Festival and No Black Tie Jazz Club in Kuala Lumpur. She was recently selected as one of fourteen emerging artists to work with Mercury-nominated singer ESKA on a composition residency in Manchester. In December 2019, Joy released her second album entitled 'Dwell'. The album reflects her passion for jazz and improvisation, her love of groove and dance music, her classical roots as a pianist and the soulful, poetic aspects of being a singer-songwriter.

Green Man Interviews: Alabaster DePlume

Read "Green Man Interviews: Alabaster DePlume" reviewed by Martin Longley

Alabaster DePlume has a softness of saxophone tone. He also has a hardness of poetic intent. These divergent aspects of this multi-instrumentalist, London-living bon vivant can be heard on an impressive pair of recent releases. To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 (International Anthem Recording Co.) finds DePlume at his most introspective, making music ...

Alabaster DePlume

This fluid live music performance reassures with behaviour and sound while it challenges with thoughts and words. With two recent viral clips shared close to a thousand times with 55K minutes viewed, the show delivers a distinct political philosophy through hilarious and provocative honesty. The quartet performance described as “The best artistic event I have ever experienced in my life” on the Manchester Jazz Festival website has also toured solo internationally. Collaborating with a fresh ensemble of musicians each month in his East London development residency ‘Peach’, saxophonist and spoken word artist Alabaster is engaging communities in the production of his 4th album The Corner of a Sphere


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