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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
He digs, ya dig? And we’re not talking just jazz here. Who is Garry Corbett’s latest Stolen Moments subject? Find out HERE.
If you missed the marvellous Gorillabot at Pilgrimage at the Hare & Hounds last night, never mind – they are here. Let the dancing commence.
… 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 ›
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 ›
Find out who said these words. He’s the subject of the latest in Garry Corbett’s series Stolen Moments. It’s HERE.
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 ›
Birmingham’s jazz community will come together tomorrow evening to remember one of their own, and one who went too soon: Tom J Baxter. Organiser of this charity fundraising gig, Alicia Gardener-Trejo, explains: “Tom was a bass player at Birmingham Conservatoire… Read More ›
It’s arrived – the biggest UK jazz festival of the year gets underway today in London. The EFG London Jazz Festival runs until Sunday 20 November. There are far too many highlights to mention here – the best way to think about… Read More ›
Sonny Rollins’ tribute is just one of many heartfelt dedications to the Scottish saxophonist Bobby Wellins collected by London Jazz News and published earlier today. Their depth of feeling and respect for this modest, witty and characterful player who died last… Read More ›
Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, the terrific band of young players formed by trumpeter Sean Gibbs, already has two albums of original music to its name. Now it could have a third. But only if you can assist. Following Sean Gibbs’ Burns… Read More ›