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Article: Book Review

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Read "Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz David Burke 240 Pages ISBN: 9781908755483 Desert Hearts 2021 David Burke's survey of British jazz musicians of colour does not begin promisingly. The first sentence of his Foreword reads: “Jazz is, of course, African-American in provenance, just as the greatest ...

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Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diversity Journeys in British Jazz features conversations with many of the artists who have engineered the cultural transformation of British jazz over the past four decades. A new wave of the genre emerged in the 1980s, spearheaded by the Jazz Warriors, a collective of black musicians which launched the careers of bassist Gary Crosby, ...

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Article: Radio

Zara McFarlane Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Zara McFarlane is one of the most remarkable rising stars in British soul jazz. The singer from London, who was raised in a Jamaican family, has been compared to Erykah Badu and Cassandra Wilson. She has a pure voice and a unique, contemporary style combining soul, jazz, dub and afro-funk. The intimate vocals of ...

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Article: Album Review

Zara McFarlane: Arise!

Read "Arise!" reviewed by Chris May


Zara McFarlane is a London-based singer and composer with a voice like an angel and a style that reflects her cultural roots in the Caribbean and in the mash-up that is modern metropolitan Britain, where jazz, grime, hip hop, reggae and other musics of black origin are hybridising and shape-shifting with joyful abandon. She is an ...

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Article: Album Review

Zara McFarlane: Arise

Read "Arise" reviewed by Phil Barnes


Zara McFarlane's If You Knew Her from 2014 promised much, being a wonderful, individual, mixture of jazz, reggae and soul that viewed the singer's Jamaican roots through the prism of her UK birth and London upbringing. It was an original blend that signaled the arrival of a major talent on the UK scene, setting a path ...

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A Matter Of Instinct

Label: Edwards Music Productions
Released: 2016
Track listing: Samba City; Loved Ones; Groove Swing Funk; The Runaround; A Matter of Instinct; Flying High; Down But Not Out; Escape Velocity.

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Article: Album Review

The Peter Edwards Trio: A Matter Of Instinct

Read "A Matter Of Instinct" reviewed by Roger Farbey


This is the second album by Trinity Laban graduate and 2014 MOBO Awards nominee Peter Edwards, his first being 2014's Safe And Sound. Edwards was a member of a group led by the late trumpeter Abram Wilson and is currently a member of vocalist Zara McFarlane's band. Opening with an infectious Latin beat, “Samba City" recalls ...

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Article: Album Review

Zara McFarlane: If You Knew Her

Read "If You Knew Her" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


On her full-length follow up to 2010's EP Until Tomorrow, London-based singer Zara McFarlane perfects her blend of austere instrumentation and mantra-like rhythms supporting her rich and warm voice that owe more to Mongo Santamaria than reputedly Nina Simone or Roberta Flack. An album centerpiece, “Woman in the Olive Groves" undulates like “Afro Blue" while being ...

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News: TV / Film

Jazz & Blues Television Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Jazz & Blues TV, the exciting, ground-breaking new “smart” platform for live music to launch in May with high-calibre artists led by Paulette McWilliams (Jazz) and more in the Blues, Soul, RnB, Gospel, and Latin genres lined up to appear. You can support our fundraising effort at Indiegogo. Torquay, United Kingdom: Some of the greatest live ...


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