Bulgarian Showcases at the Europe Jazz Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria – London Jazz News

Bulgarian Showcases at Europe Jazz Conference (National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria, 22-25 September 2022. Report by Tony Dudley-Evans) “The Hajigrudev/Beleva Duo caught the interest of many promoters.” Hristina Beleva (gadulka) and Vasil Hajigrudev. Photo by Francesco Martinelli This year’s Europe Jazz Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria presented a showcase programme, giving Bulgaria as host country … Read more

Espen Eriksen Trio (UK tour dates in October and November) – London Jazz News

The Espen Eriksen Trio – pianist Eriksen, bassist Lars Tormod Jenset and drummer Andreas Bye – have been together for fifteen years and recently released their first live album, “In the Mountains”. Ahead of upcoming UK dates, Espen Eriksen spoke from his home in Oslo about the trio, their music and their collaboration with saxophonist … Read more

Duke Ellington – ‘Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival 1969-1973’ – London Jazz News

Duke Ellington – Live At The Berlin Jazz Festival 1969 -1973 (The Lost Recordings TLR2204041. Album review by Len Weinreich) By their own admission, record companies are a clumsy, scatty and careless bunch. And the evidence lies with released album titles informing us that, at some time or other, recorded performances by jazz musicians as … Read more

Kit Downes and Church Organs – ‘Organ Recordings Archive (2018-2022)’ released this month – London Jazz News

The church organ was the very first instrument on which Kit Downes learned to play music. It was during his time as a chorister at Norwich Cathedral. Recently moved to Berlin, he is an exemplar of a musician who has chosen a number of musical directions which he wants to pursue. In 2013 he took … Read more

Josephine Davies (Ensō Ensemble…new composition ‘Ascension Suite’, Vortex 21 Oct, St Leonards 29 Oct) – London Jazz News

Saxophonist/composer Josephine Davies has a new orchestra, the Ensō Ensemble. They will perform the premiere of her new composition Ascension Suite on 21 October at the Vortex, and then in St Leonards. Interview by Bruce Lindsay. Josephine Davies. Photo credit: Monika S. Jakubowska Josephine Davies is a relative latecomer to jazz, changing to the jazz … Read more

Madeleine Peyroux (‘Careless Love Forever’ UK tour dates in Sep/Oct 2022) – London Jazz News

Sebastian writes: I did an interview with Madeleine Peyroux in advance of her November 2021 tour which was cancelled. With seven dates confirmed (list below), it seems a good excuse to re-publish it. The interview focused on Leonard Cohen, Larry Klein, thoughts on the songs of then and of now, and finally on the tour. … Read more

Aaron Liddard (new album ‘Nylon Man’ and tour dates from 29 Sep.) – London Jazz News

Saxophonist/composer Aaron Liddard is about to release “Nylon Man” his debut studio album under his own name, the title a reference to the three cities which have, as he says, ‘most fed my soul’. Aaron Liddard has been particularly broad and all-embracing vision of music, and no fewer than forty-two different musicians playing or singing … Read more

The Tradition Continues’) – London Jazz News

Matchbox Bluesmaster Series Set 8: (‘Big Road Blues 1966–1972: The Tradition Continues’) MSESET8 – 6 CDs. Album reviews by Chris Parker) Disc 1: Furry Lewis in Memphis (1968) Disc 2: Little Brother Montgomery (1972) Disc 3: The Legacy of Tommy Johnson (1966–69) Disc 4: Big Road Blues (1966–71) Disc 5: Blues from the Delta (1968) … Read more

Interview with Damon Brown – London Jazz News

From the generation of Michael Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman and Bob Berg, Steve Grossman is frequently thought of as the greatest; he is certainly the most forgotten. And yet his story continues to resonate among his surviving friends and contemporaries. British-born trumpeter Damon Brown was highly instrumental in bringing Steve … Read more

Grant Green Jr – (new album ‘Thank You Mr. Bacharach’) – London Jazz News

Guitarist Grant Green Jr’s new album is “Thank You Mr Bacharach” (ZMI Records). Feature by Denny Ilett. Regardless of the harmonic developments in jazz that began in the early 1940’s and continue to this day, musicians have always strived to maintain a close relationship to melody; whether their own or those of other writers. Melodic-based … Read more