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The Impossible Gentlemen

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 08-10-2016 The Anglo-American quartet had expanded to a quintet since their last visit here, and if the Jazz @ The Arena audience couldn’t expand further due to having reached capacity for this lovely, intimate venue, then they made… Read More ›


Words and pictures by Garry Corbett Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton UK 23-04-2016 All but one of the compositions played by the trio known as Malija at the Arena came from their only album to date The Day I Had Everything. That… Read More ›

The Printmakers

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton UK 09-05-2015 Pianist Nikki Iles said it was her first visit to Wolverhampton; vocalist Norma Winstone said she thought it was hers, but couldn’t be sure at her age… I reckon everyone in last night’s audience hoped… Read More ›


Review and photograph by John Watson Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton UK 25-04-2015 June Tabor’s deep, warm voice has long been one of the outstanding features of the folk music scene, and her collaborations with jazz musicians over the years have given a… Read More ›

Tim Garland

Review and photograph by Garry Corbett The Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 17-04-2015 It was during his time as a member of the folk/jazz fusion group Lammas that I first became aware of Tim Garland. On the evidence of Friday night’s performance… Read More ›

The Impossible Gentlemen

Reviewed by John Watson Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton UK 31-01-2015 There’s a chemistry among the finest groups that is unique to jazz, an extraordinary telepathy between the players combined with a selfless desire to allow the music to grow organically –… Read More ›