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30 June 2011

Jacam Manricks

He’s a talented alto player who’s been living in New York for the last decade. He recently performed a series of shows at a small underground venue known as 1885 in downtown Auckland. With Sri Lankan heritage and a brow furrowed from the tireless pursuit of jazz as a pure art-form Manricks can be a little dour but his ambitious driving improvisations endeared him to a small but loyal group of local fans. Nick Atkinson was there.

Seasick Steve

American country blues singer Seasick Steve didn’t start his recording career until he was in his mid-60s. That was back in 2006 after a crowd-pleasing appearance on the BBC show Later…With Jools Holland. Five years later, Steve is still going strong. His new album is called You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks, featuring a guest appearance by former Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones. Marty Duda spoke to Seasick Steve just as he was about to hit the festival circuit in the UK and just after he made another appearance on Later.

Chico Mann

Also know as Marcos Garcia, Chico Mann is a born and bred Latino New Yorker, multi-instrumentalist and producer who is still the guitarist for Antibalas. In recent times Marcos has reinvented himself as Chico Mann. His album Analogue Drift  spans retro analogue and electro free-style. Chico believes “the most important thing is to base art in a tradition.”