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Peter Batten writes about Bix and Louis

Last month I gave a talk to a Jazz Appreciation group in Preston Park. It was the first in a series of six entitled, ‘Jazz Contrasts’. This was a follow-up to add detail to my previous series, ‘Six Studies in the Art of Jazz’. The first major contrast was between Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke. I am sure you will have heard of Louis, but Bix who? In the late 1920s Bix Beiderbecke was a much admired jazz cornet player. He was almost a cult idol. Featured with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, he was adored by both fans and fellow musicians, among them Bing Crosby. He was still in his twenties, but his health was already in decline. In 1931 he died. (more…)


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Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

I spent some time this summer looking to join a writing course in Brighton. All the courses I found were too expensive and too prescriptive. I wanted to go to an affordable, relaxed, informal group with like-minded people where I could share my work freely and, most importantly, write without distraction. I couldn’t find the writing group I wanted to go to, so I created one. (more…)

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The Face Hugger

I’m an artist and illustrator living in Brighton and I’ve lived in the West Hill area since 2012. (more…)

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Brighton Early Music Festival offers Whistler readers a choice of 15 top-class concerts within easy reach during October and November. This year’s festival, which brings 700 years of music from 17 European countries to Brighton, has the timely theme,  “Europe – Connection, Division, Collaboration and Chaos”.

English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble.
Photo by Andrew Roach


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Brighton Fringe may be long gone but you don’t need to wait until next year to get your fix of theatre, comedy and cabaret. What’s not to love about spending the run up to Hallowe’en huddled in the dark, wondering what might be lurking behind the stage curtain? (more…)

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During last year’s Brighton Festival our flat was an ‘art open house’ for the first time. We felt positive enough about it to try again this year, showing paintings by our daughter Lily, who had spent much of the time since May 2017 painting. (more…)

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Iron Clad Improv

Since 2012, Andrew Allen of Cast Iron Theatre has been running improvisation drop-in workshops (almost) every Sunday evening. Often, people turn up not knowing quite what to expect, fearing (or hoping) that it will be like an episode of the classic TV show ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’. (more…)

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