Articles by: Sammy Stein

For UK jazz scene, a bold return to vibrancy: ‘Things, for a while, were not looking good’

Not so long ago, the UK jazz scene looked like it was in trouble. Audience numbers were dwindling and it became harder for musicians to get gigs, especially for those new on the scene.

Barb Jungr – Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen (2014)

Barb Jungr has a powerful tool in the box — and that is her voice. Combine this with the powerful songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and a group of good musicians, and you have something which has the potential to blow your mind

Books: Being Here: Conversations on Creating Music, by Rhadika Philip (2014)

When I was told I was being sent a book of interviews with creative, inspirational musicians, I thought it might be something I might dip into now and then, leave on the shelf for a couple months and re-visit when I felt like a bit of inspiration.

‘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.

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