Cherise, Liane Carroll and Julian Siegel in the Brighton jazz festival line-up: click for more plus dates & handy link

Brighton jazz festival Palace Pier shows include in the ticketed line-up appearances by Julian Siegel, the great Liane Carroll, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Howes3, Jackson Mathod‍, Mark Kavuma and the Banger Factory, Cherise‍, top, Terry Seabrook …

Published: 20 Sep 2021. Updated: 37 days.

Brighton jazz festival Palace Pier shows include in the ticketed line-up appearances by Julian Siegel, the great Liane Carroll, Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Howes3, Jackson Mathod‍, Mark Kavuma and the Banger Factory, Cherise‍, top, Terry Seabrook quintet and Qow Trio. Wiggy, aka London out of Nottingham sax ace Julian Siegel, is on flying form on John McLaughlin's recent Liberation Time on the dazzling 'Right Here, Right Now, Right On' and is a must if you haven't bowled up to hear him before. Cherise, grounded in the very sophisticated 1980s soul and quiet storm of Anita Baker, is just about the best jazz singer of her generation out of the UK at the moment. Free events include Fisher & Rae, an emerging talent showcase, the Jazz Futures Sax Quintet, New Generation Jazz Youth Orchestra and Adrian Kendon & the Bopstars Runs from 29 September-3 October.

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Ensemble Edge tribute to Jan Johansson delivers an appealing angle

Swedish pianist Jan Johansson (1931-1968) remains a haunting influence through pristine modal harmony, a painterly almost impressionist distance, and the harnessing of the lilt of Swedish folk music on jazz in Europe. Johansson is certainly a hero …

Published: 19 Sep 2021. Updated: 38 days.

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Swedish pianist Jan Johansson (1931-1968) remains a haunting influence through pristine modal harmony, a painterly almost impressionist distance, and the harnessing of the lilt of Swedish folk music on jazz in Europe. Johansson is certainly a hero to leading advanced pianists notably Kit Downes and many fine players before him including most influentially in the lifetime of the groundbreaking e.s.t., the much missed Esbjörn Svensson.

There's a very different, at times utterly timeless hybrid pre-classical and jazz, take on the Johansson sound on a numinous new choral-flavoured Ensemble Edge tribute just released on the Danish Storyville label that includes their deeply poetic take on the sound. Work from 1964 Johansson classic Jazz på svenska (''Jazz in Swedish') is included.

Musicians involved on the gorgeous Dimma – a tribute to Jan Johansson include lead singer Karmen Rõivassepp and pianist Calle Brickman who swing 'Kvällar i Moskvas Förstäder' ('Evenings in Moscow's suburbs') or as Kenny Ball 1960s trad-jazz fans more familiarly know it 'Midnight in Moscow' so delightfully.