Author Archives: Tony

Viola Smith – the fastest girl drummer in the world

Viola Smith, a swing-era musician who was promoted in the 1930s as the ‘fastest girl drummer in the world’ and who championed greater inclusion of women in the almost completely male preserve of big bands, died on October 21st O … Continue reading

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Barbara Thompson Live At The BBC Box Set

Repertoire Records are to release a 14 CD box set of BBC radio broadcasts by Barbara Thompson, described as perhaps the best known jazz artist in the UK – outside of the UK. This set includes material ranging from a live … Continue reading

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The Band – Once Were Brothers DVD Now Available

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Orchestra Baobab Release Vinyl Version Of Classic Album

This year, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Its major milestone for any band but their story is even more fascinating. To celebrate the band has announced the issue of their landmark 2002 classic reunion album ‘Specialist In All Styles‘ … Continue reading

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Charlie Parker Centenary CD Compilation Out Soon

To celebrate the centenary of Charlie Parker a CD  release of Parker’s ‘The Savoy 10-Inch LP Collection’. The collection, spotlights Charlie Parker’s ground breaking be-bop sessions for Savoy Records spanning 1944 to 1948. The tracks are already available on vinyl and … Continue reading

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Best Of Rory Gallagher Set On The Way

Following the commercial and critically acclaimed success of the recent albums “Blues” (2019) and “Check Shirt Wizard – Live in ’77” (2020), UMC is releasing “The Best Of Rory Gallagher” in October this year. The compilation includes Rory’s recordings compiled from … Continue reading

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Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram – Fender Sessions

Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram performs four tracks in his hometown of Clarksdale, Mississippi and talks songwriting, growing up in the “Blues Holy Land” and navigating racial inequality through music.

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Record Store Day 2020 – Shop Openings, Mail Order, What’s Available

For crate diggers used to queuing outside the UKs plethora of independent record stores searching for rare vinyl, CDs and other collectables on Record Store Day things will be different this year. The twice postponed Record Store Day 2020 will be … Continue reading

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Live music has returned to England, but social distancing restrictions mean many intimate jazz venues still can’t open their doors

Live music has returned to England after lockdown, but social distancing restrictions mean many intimate jazz venues still can’t open their doors. From Saturday, audiences can once again attend indoor performances, but only if they follow government guidelines, which say … Continue reading

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C. P. Lee of legendary Manchester underground band Greasy Bear

Chris ‘C. P.’ Lee, leader of Greasy Bear, the legendary Manchester underground died suddenly on July 25th. Chris Lee, was born in Didsbury, Manchester in 1950 and as well as being a musician, he was a writer, broadcaster, performer and … Continue reading

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