Important note to musicians and record labels: Please do not send me your CDs! If you want your new release considered for review by a whole bunch of fine writers, look here: LondonJazz News. (See the About Us page for… Read More ›
LondonJazz: CD REVIEW: Tom Haines & the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra – Live
In the end it’s the overall mix of great ensemble playing and strong soloing that make this such a satisfying listen Source: LondonJazz: CD REVIEW: Tom Haines & the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra – Live
LondonJazz: NEWS/PREVIEW: The Warwickshire jazz scene gets lively (Winstone at Leamington 1 May; Garland at Kenilworth 19 May)
The little, local, volunteer-run jazz club is alive and well in Warwickshire, where there are regular gatherings in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa, as well as a refreshed jazz programme in the county’s prinicipal city, courtesy of Jazz Coventry. There… Read More ›
LondonJazz: PREVIEW: Ten choice April gigs in the English Midlands
Our resident in the English Midlands, Editor-at-Large Peter Bacon, makes his pick of the April gigs worth travelling for. Source: LondonJazz: PREVIEW: Ten choice April gigs in the English Midlands
I try to approach instrumental music with as much emotive clarity as if the music had lyrics. In fact, when writing now I often still use lyrics as a way to stay connected with the original motivation behind the composition…. Read More ›
LondonJazz: PREVIEW: South Coast Jazz Festival (Brighton and Shoreham, 16-29 Jan)
The English South Coast, where Londoners of yore went for therapy. Though they didn’t call it that in them days. Today, this therapeutic easing of the January blues comes in the form of top quality jazz… My news piece is… Read More ›
LondonJazz: Feature/Interview: Sarah Chaplin of JazzLondonLive
The online listings guide resulted, Sarah tells me, from “one of those four o’clock in the morning panic moments: how am I going to know what’s on now that there’s no Jazz In London any more?” I’ve been talking to… Read More ›
LondonJazz: PREVIEW: Live highlights in January the West Midlands – by Peter Bacon
As an introduction to what is going on in the English Midlands I will be giving LJN readers a brief summing-up of each month’s live highlights with variations regarding location, though generally I’ll be concentrating on the West Midlands and… Read More ›
All change at thejazzbreakfast as the head chef migrates
Welcome to 2017 and to a farewell of sorts – not so much a goodbye as an au revoir. I’ll be keeping this site going as an occasional pop-up for personal reflections and the odd jazz review (as well as its… Read More ›
These boots were made for… listening
He digs, ya dig? And we’re not talking just jazz here. Who is Garry Corbett’s latest Stolen Moments subject? Find out HERE.
Christmas music to help everyone to a drink
The band is Bare Brass, and they have an EP of music with Christmas in mind and a good cause at its heart. The EP is called Brandy Snaps and the charity it supports is Water Aid. The brains behind… Read More ›
Finally – a Christmas single we can rejoice to
If you missed the marvellous Gorillabot at Pilgrimage at the Hare & Hounds last night, never mind – they are here. Let the dancing commence.
Yep, thejazzbreakfast has donned its Christmas jumper…
… and the nifty snow that lovely WordPress offers is falling once more. That must mean it’s December, month of The Festive 50. And in fact this will be The Final Festive 50. It’s all change here at thejazzbreakfast in… Read More ›
Trish Clowes’ ‘no boundaries’ Birmingham festival needs your support
The hugely-talented and enterprising saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes created a festival without musical boundaries called Emulsion, and she is bringing it to Birmingham in January. She already has substantial backing for the project to go ahead but she wants… Read More ›
‘Proper record shops – those guys are like family’
Find out who said these words. He’s the subject of the latest in Garry Corbett’s series Stolen Moments. It’s HERE.
Wondering what to do now it’s all over?
So, you lucky jazz lovers in London – you’ve had a bit of a feast over the last ten days. And now it’s all gone. You might need a glass of jazz-bicarb to deal with this particular combination of heartburn and… Read More ›
Two Birmingham players awarded Take Five opportunity
It can be a gruelling climb for young jazz musicians trying to make a career in this music. That’s where the Take Five scheme, started by the Serious organisation and now in its 12th year, comes in. It provides a… Read More ›