Simon Purcell Quintet at Ronnie Scott’s – June 4th and 5th

Simon Purcell’s Quintet will be appearing at Ronnie Scott’s Club on June 4th and 5th, opposite the great guitarist Alan Holdsworth (click here for Ronnie’s website). The band with Chris Batchelor (trpt), Julian Siegel (saxes), Gene Calderazzo (dms) and Mike Janisch (bass) will be playing some new material, so do come down.

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British Jazz – Pause for Thought

The sad passing of Jeff Clyne, Peter King, John Dankworth and recently, Ken Baldock represents a distancing of the eras of jazz in Britain. It is worth considering the achievements of the pioneering jazz musicians in the post-war years, establishing bebop first-hand, producing several generations of formidable artists who, petty international jealousies aside, could hold theirContinue reading “British Jazz – Pause for Thought”

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Swinging in 7 is hard – Ronan’s point.

There’s a lot of hot air and conflicting opinion amongst jazz musicians and within the music colleges regarding playing and improvising in odd metres. At last there are some wise and measured thoughts in Ronan Guilfoyle’s excellent blog. Check out his recent post “Whatever Happened to Odd Metre Swing?“

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Another sad loss – Pete King

Peter King, the longterm business partner of Ronnie Scott, dies aged 80. Both Ronnie and Pete were incredibly kind to me, on one occasion Pete paying me twice for a night at the club because “you need the bread son”. The great British drummer Tony Levin told me that this wasn’t uncommon and that behindContinue reading “Another sad loss – Pete King”

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Jeff Clyne RIP

The great British bass player Jeff Clyne passed away on November 18th at the age of 72. A key figure in British jazz for over 40 years (appearing on recordings such as Stan Tracey’s Under Milk Wood, Tubby Hayes’100% Proof and albums by Ian Carr’s Nucleus) Jeff was much loved for his kindness and gentleContinue reading “Jeff Clyne RIP”

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