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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...

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...

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...

The Jazz Repertory Company’s 2019 Season at Cadogan Hall in London, UK

The Jazz Repertory Company has a quintet of very diverse concerts this year beginning with Paris After Dark featuring the music of Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt...

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...

Cecilia Stalin sings the greatest divas for the International Women’s Day celebration

Cecilia Stalin sings the greatest divas from around the globe for the International Women’s Day celebration at the Jazz Cafe POSK in London on Friday 8th March 2019 at 7:30...

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...

How Did They Do That? The Extraordinary Story of Tomorrow’s Warriors.

How Did They Do That? The Extraordinary Story of Tomorrow’s Warriors, by Peter Jones The UK is currently enjoying one of its periodic love affairs with jazz. Even the mainstream...