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

The Graphic Art of Ian Swift…. Here comes Vol. 2…

As 2021 draws to a close my long time collaborator on Straight No Chaser, the artist formerly known as Swifty, comes with the second volume of The Graphic Art Of Ian Swift. This second volume completes a comprehensive chronology of … Continue reading

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THE RETURN OF PAULINE MELVILLE: A True Master Of Chaos

Last week I tuned into the online launch of Pauline Melville’s ‘The Master Of Chaos’ – a brand new book of fables… courtesy of her Scottish publishers, Sandstone. The award winning author is not keen on the term ‘short stories’…. … Continue reading

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THEY CALLED HIM “FRENCHIE”… Photographer, fellow traveller & friend…. Jean Bernard Sohiez RIP

On the 9th June 2021 my good friend Jean Bernard Sohiez left this world. During the late 70s and early Eighties Jean Bernard and I roamed through the subterranean world of UK sound system and dedicated our words and photography … Continue reading

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Lockdown FM – L FM : Broadcasting In A Pandemic

AN INSIDER VIEW… On the warmest day of the year so far and one year on from Black Out Tuesday – #theshowmustbepaused – I suddenly felt inclined to pen a few words about Lock down FM – a book that … Continue reading

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LINDIGO: SOUNDS OF MALOYA meets BRIXTON!

LINDIGO: SOUNDS OF MALOYA @ BRIXTON JAMM Lindigo: “I was born Maloya, I breathe Maloya, I sweat Maloya, I will die Maloya” It’s a balmy September Thursday night and outside the Brixton Jamm on Brixton Road and a modest crowd … Continue reading

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THE CASIMIR CONNECTION: Tapping Into The Mysterious Force

THE CASIMIR CONNECTION: Tapping Into The Mysterious Force At the tail end of 2017 a friend invited me to experience a brace of new compositions written by saxophonist Diane McLoughlin at the Old Church in Stoke Newington in North London … Continue reading

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Breakin’ Convention 018 meets Jazz Re: freshed

BREAKIN’ CONVENTION 018 meets Jazz Re:freshed STORY BY TOM TIDNAM This interview with curator Jonzi D and MD/saxophonist Jason Yarde was done by Straight No Chaser scribe Tom Tidnam for #SNC99 but production dates slipped by and the mag was … Continue reading

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‘BEING BLACKER’: A radical encounter between BAFTA Winning film-maker MOLLY DINEEN and Brixton’s BLACKER DREAD

‘Being Blacker’ is a unique, uncompromising and radical 90 minute documentary and both Molly Dineen and Steve’Blacker Dread’ Martin take to the road to launch the film in a cinema near you prior to it airing on BBC2 on March … Continue reading

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Mali’s Trio Da Kali live in Stoke Newington Old Church

Mali’s Trio Da Kali live in Stoke Newington Old Church Following a hectic array of interviews and live broadcasts including one from the Brownswood basement for https://worldwidefm.net/ Mali’s Trio Da Kali arrived in the Old Church on Stoke Newington Church … Continue reading

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TWO NIGHTS: CHICAGOXLONDON – International Anthem Meets London’s Nu-skool @ Total Refreshment Centre ….

CHICAGOXLONDON – International Anthem Meets London’s Nu-skool @ Total Refreshment Centre in Stoke Newington, London. Above: Ben LeMar Gay pic: Petra Eujane This collision between Chicago’s International Anthem crew and a host of London’s nu-generation-nu-jazz innovators was guaranteed to throw … Continue reading

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