Articles by: Sammy Stein

‘Dark, full of gallows humor and devilment’: Graeae’s confrontational ‘The Threepenny Opera’ delights

Not quite opera, not quite rock ‘n’ roll but certainly worth more than three pennies: The Threepenny Opera — being staged by Graeae with Birmingham Repertory, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse and the West Yorkshire Theatre Company — is a re-write of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Beggar’s Opera.

Something Else! Interview: Double bassist John Edwards finds inspiration everywhere

Something Else! Interview: Double bassist John Edwards finds inspiration everywhere

John Edwards, who has played with many musicians as well as had his own bands and projects, is an extraordinary bass player. He grew up in Hounslow, west London, with an older brother who played drums. John would listen and think: “I’d like to do that.”

Cafe Oto has helped transform east London: ‘It is very, very good for the music’

Cafe Oto has helped transform east London: ‘It is very, very good for the music’

By day, it is just another cafe. However, at night Cafe Oto is a very different place.

Marco Sanguinetti – 8 (2014)

Marco Sanguinetti has just blown my mind. Unintentionally, of course. It is just that I have, for many years, avoided listening to albums which are heavy on the piano

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Blockheads, December 14, 2013

Shows I’ll Never Forget: The Blockheads, December 14, 2013

At the Colchester Arts Centre: In Colchester, next to the roman walls of the town, stands this venue, once the church of St Mary-at-the-Walls. Built in 1206, the site has seen 23 protestant martyrs executed by burning

Daniel Bennett, jazz saxophonist: Something Else! Interview

Daniel Bennett is a saxophonist originally hailing from the beautiful city of Rochester, New York. He is now based in New York City.

Something Else! Interview: Singer Kosi

Akosua Gyebi is a singer with a wondrous voice and range. Her latest release One More Cup Of Coffee received some great reviews, and she is steadfastly making inroads into the music industry.

Shows I’ll Never Forget: Evan Parker, November 21, 2013

At the Vortex, Dalston, London: Just occasionally, the veil which hides from us all mysteries of other worlds, of suns, moons and stars becomes thinner

Davey Payne of the People Band and the Blockheads: Something Else! Interview

“I believe there is a divine music; it goes on, it’s automatic, without anger, greed, lust, attachment and egoism.”

Something Else! Interview: Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson

Something Else! Interview: Saxophonist Mats Gustafsson

Mats Gustafsson is bonkers — and I mean that in the most flattering way possible.