Author Archives: Paul Brad

About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine & From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner

GOOD NEWS! SWIFTY POISED TO GO ‘FULL CIRCLE’!

SWIFTY joins forces with Rob Swain at Gamma Proforma to produce Full Circle – a retrospective book of his “typo-grafix” from the Eighties to now. Even if you’ve never heard of Swifty you can bet your life you’ve seen or … Continue reading

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?UESTLOVE IN HAVANA: Quest For Cuba

OKAYPLAYER FILMS PRESENTS QUEST FOR CUBA! A Mini-Documentary featuring ?uestlove as brings his own brand of funk to Cuba. This is the story…. WORDS by JAURETSI. Yup. ?uestlove‘s Cuba trip finally gets the full mini-travel documentary it deserves. ?uesto made … Continue reading

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Reflections on ‘Wisdom Of Taiji Masters: Insights into Cheng Man Ching’s Art’

Going back a few years to the Straight No Chaser HQ in London Fields I had a bagua circle marked out in the basement, would regularly receive shipments of vcds/dvds from Jarek Symanski’s China Online and elsewhere, along with the … Continue reading

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YOU NEED THIS! ‘Detroit67: The Year That Changed Soul’ by Stuart Cosgrove

Big respect to Stuart Cosgrove on the publication of this 610 page tome. Detroit67: The Year That Changed Soul is clearly a labour of love and with urban strife in the US escalating daily this book is an essential read. … Continue reading

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Daymé Arocena: The Spirit of Young Cuba @ St Pancras Old Church

Daymé Arocena launched her forthcoming debut album on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint in the intimate setting of St Pancras Old Church in front an audience charged with anticipation. Last night I ventured into hinterlands of Kings Cross in search of … Continue reading

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RICHARD WILLIAMS on ‘To Pimp A Butterfly: The Shape Of Jazz To Come?

I DON’T OFTEN RE-BLOG PIECES – and hope Richard doesn’t mind me lifting his piece from thebluemoment.com – but I was vibed-up by these open and thoughtful reflections on two of the most important albums of 2015. Richard is a … Continue reading

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WORK IN PROGRESS: Carleen Anderson’s ‘Cage Street Memorial’

At the end of March I journeyed to Deptford’s Albany Theatre to experience a preview of Carleen Anderson’s forthcoming one woman show, entitled ‘Cage Street Memorial’. Though Carleen had described the piece to me as a musical I was not … Continue reading

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