Jazz London Radio has teamed up with the excellent The Jazz Rag magazine to provide two CD reviews each month from their esteemed Reviewers.
Since 1987, The Jazz Rag magazine has been at the heart of the British jazz scene, published bi-monthly and containing news, reviews and features on both the rich history of jazz from across the globe, and exciting new album releases, tours and festivals. You can read the full magazine online and order paper copies at www.bigbearmusic.com/jazzrag and can also follow their Facebook page for updates on interesting jazz news and articles from their archive.
With the current lockdown due to Coronavirus, Jazz London Radio will dust off the archives and feature some of the excellent interviews we have put together since the station started broadcasting in 2014.
Starting week beginning 20th April, we will feature three artists per week. We will announce which three artists will be the featured artists of the week every Sunday. Not only will we run their interviews but play their music throughout the week.
This week’s featured artists:
Wednesday 22nd July 8pm: Fraser Fifield interview with Andrea Vicari from November 2015
Thursday 23rd July 7pm: Lucy Dixon interview with Laurie Burnette from August 2017
Friday 24th July 8pm: Miriam Aziz interview with Laurie Burnette from December 2018
Due to circumstances beyond our control, please note the Jazz London Radio All Stars at the Rich Mix in Bethnal Green has been moved from 22nd March to 13th September 2020. Rich Mix will contact purchasers for an exchange or refund. More details to come for the re-scheduled gig. Thanks for your understanding 🙂
Deirdre Cartwright is a London guitarist and composer who
became known presenting the BBC TV’s ground breaking series ‘Rockschool’. She
played with Afro Latin Jazz group The Guest Stars, recording three albums and
toured in 17 countries. In 1991 she formed the Deirdre Cartwright Group and has
recorded five albums, and played festivals from Mexico to Warsaw.
Hailing from Nottingham, Kevin Davy studied at Manchester Metropolitan University,
attaining a B.A. Degree in General Arts afterwards becoming involved in the
arts and music scene there. Kevin has an extensive recorded discography, which
includes musical theatre, modern jazz and contemporary music. Kevin has toured
extensively with groups such as: Lamb, Lemn Sissay’s Secret Society, and Finley
Liv Fernandes brings zest to Jazz London Radio with her weekly Soul Jazz Junction programme. Liv also loves the classic singers ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Peggy Lee and will bring a new dimension to the Jazz London Radio All Stars repertoire.
jazz scene is going through an extremely vibrant period right now. As 2019 draws to a close, there have been
more new releases by British acts than for some time, facilitated by record
labels like Whirlwind and Ubuntu who have contributed significantly to this
trend over the last few years.
One artist to come to the fore is pianist / keyboardist Rebecca Nash and her group Atlas who released her debut CD in July entitled Peaceful King on Whirlwind records. Peaceful King straddles many musical forms focusing mainly on jazz with a sprinkling of new age and electronica; an extremely mature and ethereal offering for a debut. Rebecca recently embarked on a UK wide tour to promote Peaceful King and I was fortunate to catch her album launch at the Seabright Arms in East London in the tail end of November.
Arms is an interesting venue; although a pub upstairs there is a vibrant music
venue downstairs in the basement, with a layout that can only be described as a
mini version of the 02 Academy in Islington, not what you would expect hidden
below a typical looking pub! There is no seating, well there wasn’t for this
gig, so you have to stand the whole way through, or dance if that is your wont.
This layout is In keeping with a venue perhaps more suited to rock and other
forms of popular music. And similar to a rock venue, there was a support act
first up called the Nick Walters quartet, led by trumpet player Nick Walters,
who also joined Atlas and played in the main performance of the night.
The gig featured tracks from Rebecca’s album, starting off with the title track which has an “ECM” feel, combining jazz with electronics, Sarah Colman provided vocals on Hotwired and Grace, whilst Dreamer contained a haunting trumpet solo by Nick Walters. There was a vibrant and attentive audience including many big figures on the scene, which indicates the esteem in which Rebecca Nash is held. The only downside was the gig was too short! The band was on stage for exactly one hour but the more important thing to note is how much talent is coming out of Britain right now, and definitely these artists deserve as much airplay as possible.