Ping-Pong and Other Jazz Games with Jean Toussaint

05/06/2016

Jean Toussaint’s Roots and Herbs – ‘The Art Blakey Project’: Jean Toussaint (tenor saxophone), Byron Wallen (trumpet), Dennis Rollins (trombone), Jason Rebello (piano), Daniel Casimir (bass), Shane Forbes (drums), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 4.6.2016. (LJ) Read more

Getting In The Mood on a Jazzy German Bank Holiday Weekend

22/05/2016

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‘Time of Swing’ ‘In the Mood A Tribute to Glen Miller’: Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra with Finn Wiesner, The Skylarks with Viola Manigk, Semperoper, Dresden, 15.5.2016. (MC)

‘Jazz Meets Classics’ – Till Brönner (trumpet, flugelhorn), Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet, flugelhorn), Stephan Braun (cello), Dieter Ilg (bass) & Gil Goldstein (keyboards, accordion), Semperoper, Dresden, 16.5.2016 (MC)

Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra, photo Uwe Hauth

Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra (c) Uwe Hauth

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A New Musical Explores the Life of Lyricist Al Dubin

15/05/2016

Book by Leichtling & Sarner, I Only Have Eyes for You – The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin: Gerald Sternbach (musical director), Montalban Theatre, Hollywood, 13.5.2016.  (JRo)

The Ensemble of I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU (photo credit: Michael Lamont)

The Ensemble of I Only Have Eyes for You (c) Michael Lamont

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Political Incorrectness Unleashed at Blackpool

14/04/2016

Mel Brooks, The Producers: Blackpool Operatic Players, Grand Theatre, Blackpool. 13.4.2016. (MC) Read more

An Unsettling, Thought-Provoking Reflection on War and Conflict

18/03/2016

Drums and Guns: Cast from Royal Irish Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Juillard School, Iain Burnside and Conor Hanratty (directors), Milton Court Theatre, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, 12.3.2016 (CS) Read more

The Pianist of Willesden Lane: A Not Inconsiderable One-Woman Tour de Force

23/01/2016

 Various composers, The Pianist of Willesden Lane: St. James’s Theatre, London, 22.1.2016. (CS)

Mona Gobalek as Lisa Jura

Mona Golabek as Lisa Jura in The Pianist of Willesden Lane
Credit: Alastair Muir

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Stephanie Blythe’s Joyous and Heartfelt Tribute to Kate Smith

15/01/2016

We’ll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith: Stephanie Blythe (mezzo soprano), Craig Terry (piano), Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium, The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL, 13.1.2016. (RP)

StephanieBlythe_Photo by Ken Yatarola

Stephanie Blythe (c) Ken Yatarola

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Much to Enjoy in John Lubbock’s Messiah Despite a Reticent Orchestra

11/12/2015

Handel, Messiah: Nardus Williams (soprano),Eleanor Edmonds (mezzo-soprano), Chris Turner (tenor), Morgan Pearse (bass), OSJ Voices, Orchestra of St John’s/John Lubbock (conductor). St John’s, Smith Square, London, 10.12.2015 (MB) Read more

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