JUNE 2016

Sidney Bechet
"Like an enormous yes" - John White revisits the fabled saxophonist through the ears of Philip Larkin

Profiles Trombonist Samuel Blaser, vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais and singer Daryl Sherman

Soweto Kinch The saxophonist and rapper, now radio presenter, talks to Bruce Lindsay about BBC Radio’s 3’s new Jazz Now programme, which he has suggested will contain controversy. What did he mean by that?

John Wilson John Robert Brown hails the revival – largely under the baton of John Wilson – of light music, often with jazz overtones

John Hollenbeck Brian Morton tunes in to a drummer (or should we say musician?) variously associated with the Claudia Quintet, Meredith Monk and Bob Brookmeyer

Ronnie Scott In the final part of a previously unpublished 1979 interview Ronnie Scott talks to Ken Rogers about playing, communication v. indulgence, George Melly, humourless students, American jazz mastery and more

On The Other Hand Dave Gelly says while Mosaic and Keith Emerson have it dead right, budding musicians are better off with a bit of trial and error

Record reviews We review 87 CDs of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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Review: Born To Be Blue

Based on the life of Chet Baker, Born To Be Blue's potent mix of fact and fantasy and Ethan Hawke's star turn as the trumpeter impress Bruce Lindsay


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Review: Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song

Stephanie Castillo's new movie about saxophonist Thomas Chapin brings Brian Morton as close as he could wish to the musician and child of nature


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Review: Herb Alpert at Café Carlyle

Patrick Flanary says that at 81 the Tijuana Brass man is as committed a showman as ever and arguably the finest trumpet player alive


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Review: Mike Westbrook in Taunton

Mike Westbrook And The Uncommon Orchestra visit Taunton's Brewhouse, engaging Barry Witherden with an ’exhilarating’ performance of A Bigger Show


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Review: Richard Bona at Ronnie Scott's

Michael Tucker enjoys some primal and mesmeric music from the charismatic electric bassist, plus impressive support from Emilia Martensson


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Review: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The multi-arts festival presented an excellent musical line-up across stunning venues and gave Bruce Lindsay the chance to compose and race camels


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Review: Arild Andersen Quartet at Ronnie's

The Norwegian bassist's talented quartet and technically superb, affirmative playing impress Michael Tucker and put him in mind of E. M. Forster


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Preview: Joy of Jazz, South Africa

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz returns to Johannesburg for the 19th time, bringing a host of South African and international performers to the city


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Review: Omar Sosa at Ronnie Scott's

Omar Sosa's Quarteto Afrocubano provides Michael Tucker with a fabulous evening of first class Afro-Cuban music, full of a life-force unique to jazz


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Review: Bournemouth Jazz Festival

Jay J. Reiter heralds the 2016 Bournemouth Jazz Festival as a success, with its mix of local talent, big names from the national scene and the World Jazz Jamboree


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Preview: EFG London Jazz Festival update

The EFG London Jazz Festival has announced another nine shows for 2016, including Robert Glasper, Norma Winstone and Bobby McFerrin


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Preview: Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival

The 2016 Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival brings international stars including Marlene VerPlanck, Hugh Masekela and Oddjob to Wallander's home town


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Preview: Llandudno Jazz Festival

Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Tina May and a circular-saw barbeque are all on offer from the Llandudno Jazz Festival in north Wales in July


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Review: Miles Ahead, the movie

Roger Farbey highly recommends the long-awaited Miles Davis biopic and hails a remarkable performance from star and director Don Cheadle


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Preview: Swanage Jazz Festival

The comprehensive weekend programme of jazz on the Jurassic Coast offers over 60 gigs by established favourites and leading newcomers from the UK scene


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Preview: ECP Contemporary Jazz Cruise

ECP announces the Contemporary Jazz Cruise, the latest in its comprehensive cruise portfolio, with Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper and many more


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Preview: Swansea Jazz Festival

Swansea's Maritime Quarter plays host to the city's third international jazz festival, featuring Darius Brubeck, NYJO and the Pee Wee Ellis Funk Assembly


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Preview: Montréal Jazz Festival 2016

The 37th Festival International de Jazz de Montréal announces additions to its extensive line-up of acts from the jazz world and beyond


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Preview: Scarborough Jazz Festival

The full line-up for this year's Scarborough Jazz Festival has been announced, from rousing big bands to rising stars and a brand new project


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Preview: Metheny makes Ronnie's debut

The genre-defining guitarist makes his Ronnie Scott's debut in eight shows over four nights 29 June-2 July, with Gwilym Simcock, Antonio Sanchez and Linda Oh


 

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