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The course is an excellent hands on introduction to Cuban music. The teaching team of Sierra McGuinness and Sierra Maestra is excellent. It was wonderful to be able to go out in the evenings and hear top class bands playing what we were aspiring to, and to enjoy the convivial company of course participants and organisers.
Simon Purcell is releasing his first CD 'Red Circle' this November. You can get details on his website http://simonpurcell.com/ and read interviews with Simon in London Jazz News http://www.londonjazznews.com/2014/11/interview-simon-purcell-cd-launch-of.html
Omar Puente has some great gigs coming up, including Ronnie Scotts and the Arts Depot. You can find the links for them below:-
Omar is also at the South Bank Centre on 2nd December.
The Clive Fenner Quartet new CD 'Get It!' on the Jazzizit label has been very well received with a 4 star rating by Jazz Journal, amongst others. Please see the new website Clive Fenner Music for details. The band features Martin Hathaway on Alto Sax, Mark Ridout on Guitar, Geoff Gascoyne on Bass and Clive Fenner on Drums. The recording was made at The Eastside Jazz Club which Clive hosts every Tuesday in Leytonstone http://eastsidejazzclub.blogspot.co.uk/
You can buy the CD on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Get-it/dp/B00BLL3C5M and Itunes and you can check out tracks on You Tube.
Trudy Kerr and Geoff Gascoyne have released their CD 'The Rhythm of Life'. This is the first collaborative project by Trudy and her husband bassist Geoff Gascoyne. For 15 years they have worked in supportive roles on each other's albums with Trudy as the vocalist or PR/record company director and Geoff as either bassist, arranger or producer. This new release combines their energy and enthusiasm for the unconventional, and it seems fitting to use a pseudonym for the project... Ted and Gladys.
Liane Carroll has a great new CD out 'Ballads' http://www.lianecarroll.co.uk/index.html
The new CD from The Gascoyne / O'Higgins Quartet is out now buy it or check it out at itunes
You Turned The Tables On Me (Lisaleo 0701)
Jazz voice/guitar/bass duo Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne are turning the tables and coming back to their jazz roots, documented by their new CD ‘You Turned The Tables On Me’ released on Lisaleo Records. Featuring some of the most wonderful jazz standards alongside some of Sophie’s original songs inspired by a lifetime of listening to, performing and teaching jazz standards, their repertoire serves up a delightful combination of new and old songs from the mainstream and modern jazz tradition.
“A warmly intimate husband-wife singer/acoustic guitar-bass duo set made up of standards, scats and self-penned originals.” Jazzwise Nov 2012
“Their intriguing new duo album” Alyn Shipton, BBC Radio 3, Oct 2012
“A mixture of standards (Ellington, Jobim, Rodgers and Hammerstein) and self-penned songs, this is a warmly evocative and relaxed set which will please a wide audience. Great late-night listening.” FATEA Oct 2012