Cleo Laine – Jazz Singer

Cleo Laine, brilliant documentary I strongly recommend you to see the Cleo Laine documentary on BBC iPlayer. I bought the All About Me Cleo Laine LP well over 50 years ago, and I once saw her with the Johnny Dankworth band in Worthing. So I knew she was a wonderful singer with a great voice […]

Hans Zimmer – Film Music Genius

Fascinating documentary about a musical genius Hans Zimmer is the most successful composer of film scores this century. His story was told in a recent BBC2 documentary which can now be seen on BBC iplayer or downloaded from the internet at It tells how he was expelled from eight schools in Germany before his […]

Jazz 2022 in Brighton Fringe

Imogen Ryall

Jazz 2022 in Brighton Fringe This May and June sees the largest arts festival in England in action in Brighton. Here are some terrific jazz events:   More info at Chris Coull and gig information

Brilliant South Coast Jazz at Shoreham Just West of Brighton

Just experienced another brilliant jazz morning at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham. Sunday 5th December 2021. Mike Hatchard’s “Jazz Breakfast”. Top musicians on brilliant form. Duncan Lamont saxophone and flute, Nils Solberg guitar, Paul Morgan double bass, Mike Hatchard, Keyboard. A scintillating morning. Mike runs these events every month on the first Sunday of the […]

Philharmonia – psychological thriller on All4, on demand

Philharmonia – psychological thriller on All4, on demand Philharmonia is a French six-part psychological drama. We are watching it on All4 via our phone and chromecast but there are other ways to access All4 free on demand series.The story is set in Paris, mainly in the concert hall of a top French orchestra. The cast […]

Buddy Rich – Nutville – Driving Jazz Performance

For many years I have heard talk of Buddy Rich as “the greatest drummer in the world”. Recently, through the gift of YouTube, I’ve been able to see and hear him at work. I don’t agree with “best in the world” titles but Buddy Rich is certainly a great drummer and what’s more he’s a […]

Errol Garner – Concert by the sea

Concert by the Sea – the famous Erroll Garner Concert Concert By The Sea was one of the first LPs I ever bought. I was 18 at the time and very impressed by the energy and style of this great pianist, Erroll Garner. This was 1960. The recording had been made in 1955. Live performance […]

Support British Musicians and the British Music Industry

Support British Musicians and the British Music Industry Brexit in practice shows that negotiated arrangements are, in some cases, very unsatisfactory. Something needs to be done to correct problems that should never have arisen. Power is with The European Commission The difficulty now is that the real power to make changes lies with the unelected […]

Spotify needs a new formula for sharing revenue with musicians

Spotify dominates the music industry of the world with its music streaming service. In December 2020 it is a company valued at 60 billion dollars. Currently 90% of Spotify’s huge revenue goes to just 1% of the musicians on its books. 99% of musicians share the remaining 10 percent of revenue. This cannot be right. […]

Juliette Greco, Iconic French Singer and Actress Dies

Juliette Greco, French singer and actress died on the 23rd of September 2020 at the age of 93. She was known for her stunning good looks, her sultry voice and her colourful life. Captivated so many After the Second World War she was the darling of the philosophers, poets and musicians of existentialist Paris. She […]

Conductor, Bernard Haitink. Interesting programme on BBC i-player

Bernard Haitink, now 91, (October 2020) is the revered Dutch conductor who has worked for many decades in the UK, as well as conducting orchestras around Europe and in America. In the UK he has conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Opera¬† and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He has made a huge number […]

Vera Lynn, outstanding British singer, dies June 2020

Vera Lynn was a British national institution whose name was known by every member of the older generation and a great many much younger people. She died on the 18th of June 2020 in the village of Ditchling where she had lived for over 50 years and which is just a few miles from where […]