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Anoushka Shankar

Review and picture by Garry Corbett Symphony Hall, Birmingham UK 10-11-2016 The sitar in popular music has a chequered history. The 1960s of course raised its profile somewhat with the adoption of the instrument by a certain band and in… Read More ›

Birmingham Jazz Orchestra

Symphony Hall Stage, Birmingham UK 21-09-2016 This Jazzlines gig was also the official launch of Rough Boundaries, Birmingham Jazz Orchestra’s second album since its formation in 2014. Jacky Naylor, composer and conductor of this suite consisting of musical portraits of five… Read More ›

Jacky Naylor – September 2016

Jacky Naylor grew up in Skipton, North Yorkshire, studied piano, and won a scholarship to study at Birmingham Conservatoire’s jazz course, from which he graduated with first class honours. While at the Conservatoire he developed his interest in composition and in writing… Read More ›

Jason Rebello – Held

(Edition Records) Jason Rebello has had a busy time as a pianist, from playing with Tommy Smith when they were both the new kids on the block, to touring internationally with stadium-fillers like Sting and rock gods like Jeff Beck. After a… Read More ›

Maria Schneider – November 2015

Over eight superb albums, hundreds of live performances around the world, educational work and workshops, Maria Schneider has emerged as the pre-eminent jazz composer of her generation. Through her ground-breaking independent and fan-funded way of producing her music she has as close… Read More ›