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SE Confidential

Nice writeup just been published at Something Else (click for full interview). Life, the jazziverse and everything… “I first saw Jason Lyon at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec in London. I had gone to see Gareth Lochrane on flutes, as he was

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The Life of 3.1415926… Musicians

Time for another ramble down memory lane. I used to co-run a full-blooded salsa band, and co-running is a great idea as long as you’ve got a good relationship and great open coms between you. In fact, running anything larger

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We’ve Run Out of Jam

Our Wednesday marathon is now run. To morrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new (we’re uncouth swains).

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Threepenny Lyrics

Bit of fun this week. I sat in on a gig the other night and the singer called Mack the Knife. It’s an interesting one because it’s harmonically very simple – just the four main chords of the key, but

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The End of an Earache

Well, residencies have a lifespan and I’m afraid we’re losing our lovely dog Weekly Wednesday. He’s heading for that great jazz gig in the sky, where all the musicians are glum because God’s girlfriend is a singer – oh please,

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Young Jazz Synergy Weekend & Guildhall in Focus

Friday 19 May – Sunday 21 May Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, London SE11 4RN, 020-7582 6800 The world loves competitions these days, and it seems people aren’t interested unless there are judges whirling round in big red chairs. But music really isn’t

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Playing Flat

A quick one for pianists – in particular, pianists who are fortunate enough to play on grands. Though not all grands are made equal… Okay, let’s admit it, we all read sometimes. Whether detailed arrangements, originals, things we “kinda know” or

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Next Gig

We play every month at Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington, South London.

Sat 29 July 9pm, £15 (£9 adv)
JLT with Ed Jones tenor

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