John Critchinson The British pianist talks to Simon Spillett about life after Ronnie Scott, solo playing and Girls Aloud
Profiles Drummer Sophie Alloway makes the music strong enough to speak for itself and lets politics go hang; saxophonist Larry Stabbins is glad he reverted to music following a brush with philosophy; the Barrett Brothers update Django's message the length of Kent and beyond The importance of importance Brian Morton, recalling his fellow author Richard Cook's description of Kind Of Blue as superior mood music, wonders if it's time for a corrective guide to the great jazz tradition
Brew Moore Gordon Jack remembers the "soft, sweet, southern boy" who played outstanding bebop in NYC before driving to the coast with Woody Guthrie, getting namechecked by Jack Kerouac and eventually moving to Europe
Jamming the Blitz With the latest eruption of BBC swing-era nostalgia still fresh in our minds, Peter Powell gives a first-hand account of the 1941 Public Jam Session Recording
Branford Marsalis Following the acclaim for his Four MFs album, we publish an archive list of Branford favourites
Remembered Kenny Ball; Terry Lightfoot; Pat Halcox; Melvin Rhyne; Paul Tanner Record reviews Over 60 recordings assessed, including a host of reissues. See the whole list
Win a copy of the book Benny Goodman's Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert. Details in the print edition.
What happened in jazz in 2012? Find that review or article as published in Jazz Journal 2012 via the handsomely appointed Jazz Journal Index 2012. It has details of all our feature articles and lists all of the 790-odd CDs we reviewed