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The great Carla Bley: Suzanne Lorge’s interesting written piece about her in Downbeat.

https://downbeat.com/news/detail/carla-bley-the-voice?fbclid=IwAR3pMkysz7xfFUdaG7o200EKddKO5mqJKUFSiG-Tz3V_afBKtz49OHC43Sc
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Rebecca Vasmant, Glasgow-based musician, producer, DJ and curator is getting loads of great plaudits for her debut album ‘With Love, From Glasgow’. Here’s a review by Mike Gates of UKVibe, of this beautiful album; also an audio of one of the tunes ‘Jewels of Thought’.

https://ukvibe.org/album_reviews/rebecca-vasmant/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GSwbpNH9Cc&ab_channel=RebeccaVasmant-Topic
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Sisters With Transistors: this documentary sounds great (featuring many of Scottish Jazz Space’s favourite composer-musicians)!! Released in virtual cinemas yesterday 23rd April 2021. 😮😃

Pic from theguardian.com https://www.theguardian.com/film/2021/apr/23/sisters-with-transistors-review-lisa-rovner-documentary
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Five newly invented musical instruments! Segulharpa, or a lego microtonal guitar, anyone..? 😀 Cool article from The New York Times.

Pic from Youtube. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/12/arts/music/classical-music-instruments.html  
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Public call for material: Stewart Smith is collating a digital archive of jazz and improvised music at Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre from 1975 to 1992. Further details in link..

https://ionengine.substack.com/p/jazz-at-the-third-eye-and-radical
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Satoko Fujii played an amazing (energetic & mind-bogglingly creative) gig at The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh several years ago. Here’s a recent NYT article about her, explaining what she’s been up to lately!

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/17/arts/music/satoko-fujii.html
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William Soutar’s poignant poetry in Scots has been set to music by Perth-based vocalist Debra Salem, guitarist Kevin MacKenzie and pianist Paul Harrison, in new release ‘In A Sma Room’. Here’s Jim Gilchrist’s recent article in The Scotsman, which contains links to the music.

Image from scotsman.com https://www.scotsman.com/whats-on/arts-and-entertainment/scots-poet-william-soutar-to-get-musical-makeover-courtesy-of-debra-salem-friends-3147501
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Listen to the different Scottish dialects, which show such diversity of sound!

It’s interesting that there are such obvious differences even across short distances. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/specials/2654848/spikkin-scots-doric/?fbclid=IwAR1Lq40C3FsvtNM7vdy4oZpRK3r40bD4InGiZieKHP3L1gSN_6xP2Adj34c
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This is interesting. What do you think: does a meritocracy exist in jazz?

Image from bbc.co.uk https://www.periscope-lyon.com/en/post/where-are-all-the-good-questions-about-women-in-jazz/?fbclid=IwAR0-Wi-pH6BbVl2RaFsUQFDmMXx3Yg0zMWLhe6B-uvAvT8baFyHe4aUtANM
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The Jazz films & documentaries that can be streamed during the current partial lockdown. Suggested by Selwyn Harris in Jazzwise mag ; -)

https://www.jazzwise.com/features/article/the-best-jazz-films-and-documentaries-to-stream-now?fbclid=IwAR1qzn92U5G6ckxyKxBKbzEajVcHq6z6fzHh0Q20J-e7qgzYXcaq57eM3cw