Saturday, September 21, 2019
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Tony Fisher: session ace

'I was born in Manchester in 1936 which is a real hot-bed of brass bands ... There were no half-measures up there because they all took music very seriously' Tony Fisher has been one of the finest and most reliable lead trumpets on the...

Alt. takes 09/19

Been a while. For which, apologies. Health. Family. “Stuff”. Plus a certain amount of what the Catholic Church calls “discernment”, which basically means looking around, and more...

Brian Morton: smart and passionate writing

I have been an avid reader of the jazz writing of Brian Morton for the past 15 years and lately I thought it was about time to reach out and say thank you. Thanks to Brian for...

JJ 08/89: Jazz around the clock

As many many provincial presenters are faced with shrinking air-time, Londoners can look forward to jazz 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Early next year, London Jazz Radio, the creation of ex-Dankworth pianist Dave Lee, will start broadcasting to a potential audience of 7,000,000 within the Capital/LBC catchment area. The IBA chose LJR from among 32 ap­plicants for the capital's new FM music franchise because it best satisfied the directive to broaden listener choice. The station plans to present a wide spectrum of jazz and related music, from New Orleans to Latin American. LJR's victory brings London in line with other major cities in the US, Europe and Australia, which have long had specialist jazz stations. Although four of the applicants for the London frequency promised a substantial commitment to jazz, an IBA spokesman said that applications for franchises elsewhere in the UK featured no significant jazz content.

Coniece Washington: Shades Of Shirley Horn

Although not especially well known internationally, Coneice Washington has been singing for many years. Hailing from Trenton, NJ, she started out as...

Jazz and cricket: unlikely companions

Vic Lewis’ showbiz team played against one of the more curious teams that emerged at that time - the Ravers C.C. Founded...

Louis Moholo-Moholo’s Five Blokes at Café OTO

It’s some years since the formation of Four Blokes. Its leader, the drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo, regularly visits the UK from his homeland...

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