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Jean Toussaint Sextet Gig review by Erminia Yardley

Last month saw me propping up the bar at  Ronnie Scott’s the Best gig of the month! Jean Toussaint and his Sextet played to a sold-out crowd which welcomed the band with...

Alex Hitchcock Quintet | All Good Things | CD Review

We are halfway through 2019, so much has happened so far. Out of the album releases that have come my way, one to get and listen over and over is “All Good Things” by the Alex...

Stablefolk – Already leaving indelible marks on the local jazz scene

A few weeks ago, I popped to Kansas Smitty’s Bar in Broadway Market in London to watch a very interesting and newly formed band, pianist James Pettinger’s...

Jazz 625 for one night only

Picture the scene: on the television set a few days ago, the screen showed a stage with a band of musicians all smartly dressed, each one of them ready to play, there was a slight...

Erminia Yardley discovers a great new Italian jazz trio

The newly formed Italian jazz trio, BAT (stands for the initial of the members’ surnames: Luca Bulgarelli – double bass, Riccardo Arrighini – piano, Lorenzo Tucci...

Gig review – Christian Scott at Ronnie Scott’s

“It is time we created a sound that dispels singular narratives of entire peoples and looks to finally represent the wealth of narratives found throughout the American...

Alicia Olatuja’s gig review

American mezzo-soprano and a versatile jazz and soul singer Alicia Olatuja performed recently at Pizza Express in Soho. Although my schedule was already rather busy, I wanted to...

A Quartet’s formidable time slip! Out on Vinyl

Mancunians twin brothers Steve and Matt Fishwick are half of the Quartet in question with the other half being represented by Alex Garnett on alto sax and Michael Karn on bass....

Chris Potter “Circuits” album review

Edition Records, the UK label with the impressive worldwide catalogue, has added yet another giant to its list: American saxophonist Chris Potter. Potter recently released his...

Keyon Harrold – A totally different type of energy!

“Mugician”, poet, lyricist and activist Keyon Harrold, is not someone you meet every day. His chilled and down to earth persona strikes one from the moment one meets him. I...

Sundays lunchtime gigs at Ronnie Scott’s – Blakey’s Boys

Sundays lunchtime gigs at Ronnie Scott’s can take different mutations. The most recent one courtesy of Blakey’s Boys was a fantastic rendition of hard bop, a great line-up and...