FAY CLAASSEN - CLOSE TO YOU
New album Available Now

Known for her vocal prowess and wide repertoire choice, Dutch vocalist Fay Claassen's latest album “Close to You” (Wedgeview Music) features eleven spectacular arrangements of well known pop gems, largely from the late 1960’s and early 1970’s including among others compositions by Lennon & McCartney classic “The Fool on the Hill”, Blood, Sweat & Tears “Spinning Wheel” and of course the title track, Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “Close to You”.

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The Sicilian Jazz Orchestra announces 2021/22 season.

Recently I was introduced to the Sicilian Jazz Orchestra at this summers 1st edition of the Sicilian Jazz Festival. For those interested you can read our festival review here....

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World renowned Photographer Carl Hyde is to release a beautiful new book “Jazz Noir” on October 18th. It is a stunning tome, full of beautiful portraits of some of the giants...

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Summer 2020 Edition is now available

In the Summer 2020 edition Our lead story is an interview with vocalist Kurt Elling. This edition also includes interviews with Norma Winstone, Steve Swallow, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ruby Turner and Christian Sands. Nigel speaks with painter Sharon Matishoff about her portraits of Jazz Icons. We take a look at some rediscovered Thelonious Monk recordings and our photo feature spotlights the work of Polish photographer Kasia Idzkowska..

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“The spiritual touch” Paul Edis’ new album strikes perfection!

There is a certain type of music that, when in the air, evokes a million memories of times gone by. British pianist Paul Edis releases his new aptly titled album “The Still...

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Peter Fessler, Solo Time
The new album from Peter Fessler - Available Now

Peter Fessler, of Canadian-German descent, is probably the only jazz musician from Germany who has ever had a global hit. Hi Latest album "Solo Time" (Mons Records) documents Peter live and in a Solo format. Fessler’s latest work includes thirteen songs – six of which he has penned himself and features his trademark polyphonic fusion of vocals and acoustic guitar. Moving! Amazing…

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