MAY 2017

Kamasi Washington Headlining rock and hip-hop festivals, LA’s charismatic tenor lion Kamasi Washington is drawing new audiences to jazz. He is part of a street-savvy collective who are rejuvenating the spiritual, socially conscious tradition of late 60s and early 70s Afro-American jazz, writes Wif Stenger

Profiles Singer Polly Gibbons, unsure what category she falls into and opting for none; Montréal festival founder André Ménard, pleased his jazz festival exceeds its designation; big band leader Scott Willcox, happy to have Gil Evans sit with Igor Stravinsky

Still burning for Buddy Dave Weckl, who plays Buddy Rich band dates at Ronnie’s this month, tells Mark Youll of his enduring affection for the drummer’s music

Two princes and a duke A year after the death of pop star Prince, Brian Morton tells us what he is doing in a jazz magazine

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce listens in to Bob Brookmeyer, Mezz Mezzrow and Gene Lees

Book Reviews King Of Jazz // Jazz As Visual Language // Fatal Music // The Jazz Repertoire: A Survey // Jews And Jazz

Stream of consciousness
Nigel Jarrett, faced by a torrent of jazz on YouTube, doesn’t close his eyes

Record reviews
 We review 71 CDs of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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Review: Jazz FM Awards 2017

Bruce Lindsay was at the fourth Jazz FM Awards to see the mainstream of jazz honoured while guest presenter Evan Parker joked 'I bet 98% of you have never heard of me'

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Junior Mance film appeal

Jazz pianist Junior Mance is the subject of a new documentary movie, which is seeking its last-stage funding through a Kickstarter campaign

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Preview: Montréal Jazz Festival

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has announced the first acts of its 2017 programme, including Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy and King Crimson

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Review: Quercus in Southampton

Quercus's wide-ranging set list draws on jazz, folk and more to give Michael Tucker one of the most compelling concerts he's heard in some time

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Preview: EFG London Jazz update

Serious, producer of the EFG London Jazz Festival, has announced a second wave of shows for this November's 25th anniversary festival

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Preview: An Audience with Harvey Mason

The 'world's most recorded session drummer' is set to give a musical masterclass as part of Ronnie Scott's Club's Centrestage series

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Preview: Buddy Rich Big Band at Ronnie's

The Buddy Rich Big Band celebrates the centenary of the legendary drummer's birth with six nights of concerts at Ronnie Scott's Club in May

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Preview: Birmingham Legends Festival

Birmingham Jazz takes its lead from the Blue Note label for this year's Legends Festival with tributes to Jimmy Smith and Kenny Dorham

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Preview: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The jazz at this major East Anglian arts festival ranges from Dee Dee Bridgewater to Brad Mehldau, with Get The Blessing and Kansas Smitty's in the Spiegeltent

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Preview: Ystad Jazz Festival

Sweden's Ystad Jazz Festival, programmed by its artistic director Jan Lundgren, has announced an extensive international line-up for 2017

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Preview: Burton Agnes Festival

The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year by bringing Claire Martin, Ray Gelato and many more to East Yorkshire

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Preview: Wigan Jazz Festival

The Wigan International Jazz Festival returns this July, launched with two June concerts by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band in Manchester

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Preview: Swansea Jazz Festival

The fourth Swansea International Jazz Festival presents over 50 events, including a 14-piece band from Strictly Come Dancing playing Earth, Wind & Fire

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Preview: Llandudno Jazz Festival

The festival returns to Bodafon Farm, with a wide-ranging programme featuring American sax man Greg Abate and Alan Barnes's Grimsby fish tale

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Preview: Newport Jazz Weekend

The Newport Jazz Weekend's 2017 programme has been announced, with acts including NYJO, Liane Carroll, Zoe Rahman and a performance of the Isle of Wight Suite

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Preview: Scarborough Jazz Festival

Scarborough Jazz Festival has announced the full lineup for this year’s programme, ranging from the Stan Tracey Legacy Band to Get The Blessing

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Preview: Cheltenham Jazz Festival

The well-established festival returns to the Regency spa town with a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, blues, soul and more

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Preview: Chris Ingham's Dudley tour

The Chris Ingham Quartet brings Dudley Moore's music to life once again, in a series of dates across England and on new album Dudley


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