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APRIL 2014

Eiji Kitamura Ahead of his appearance at the 2014 Norwich Jazz Party, the renowned Japanese swing clarinettist tells his story to JJ’s man in Japan, Randy L. Smith, recalling episodes with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Buddy DeFranco, Woody Herman and more

Profiles There’s a distinct spirituality behind the music of this month’s subjects, Jason Rebello, Herlin Riley and Peter James. Could it be that jazz is more than an intriguing set of audio algorithms designed to titivate the cerebral cortex?

Dave Newton The British pianist has been swinging robustly in a mainstream way since the 1980s. Nothing much has changed but he’s particularly enjoying working with singers, as he tells Bruce Lindsay

On the Other Hand Dave Gelly fears that the proliferation and easy accessibility of jazz on the Internet has led to a failure of musical commitment

Book reviews Sammy Rimington – A Life In Pictures; Kansas City Lightning – The Rise And Times Of Charlie Parker; Being Here – Conversations On Creating Music; Roll With It – Brass Bands In The Streets Of New Orleans

Jazz Information Who’s in the band behind Superdrug's Santa? Bob Weir needs answers

Obituaries Alice Babs; Yusef Lateef; Jim Hall; Dwayne Burno

Record reviews 69 titles on parade. See the whole list

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First names for EFG London Jazz Festival

Tickets are now on sale for some of the first shows in the EFG London Jazz Festival, including Guy Barker and Branford Marsalis

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Review: Allen Toussaint at Ronnie Scott’s

Simon Adams finds the Crescent City songsmith in fine, bluesy form, reclaiming the tune that was once the soundtrack to Boots TV commercials

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Review: Roger Beaujolais at Reading Jazz

Derek Ansell catches vibraphonist Roger Beaujolais at Reading’s Progress Theatre, featuring nods to Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson

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Spring Croydon Record Fair

The spring edition of the biannual record fair at Croydon takes place 27 April, with live music provided by the Roy Williams Quartet

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Ozone’s new spin on Mozart with SNJO

Three concerts across Scotland this April see pianist Makoto Ozone perform a new jazz-infused arrangement of Mozart’s 9th with the SNJO

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Review: Gateshead jazz festival 2014, Day 2

Fred Grand is spoilt for choice on his second day at Tyneside's jazz hothouse, reserving special mention for Neset & Herskedal and GoGo Penguin

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Charles Tolliver’s one night at Ronnie’s

Trumpeter Charles Tolliver, who appeared to drop off the jazz map in the 1970s, will play one night only at Ronnie Scott’s this month

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Review: Gateshead jazz festival 2014, Day 3

Fred Grand wraps up the closing day at the north-east jazz bonanza, capped by Bill Frisell's Beautiful Dreamers trio

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Review: John Etheridge at Crazy Coqs

Dave Gelly sees British guitar master John Etheridge at Crazy Coqs, the new cabaret and jazz venue in London's West End. Photo by Brian Payne

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Review: Gateshead jazz festival 2014, Day 1

On the first day of this year's Geordie jazz weekender, Fred Grand finds the Gateshead International Jazz Festival heeding pleas to look west. Photography by John Watson

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Café Society Swing returns this summer

After a sellout show in 2012 and a short spell last December, Café Society Swing returns to Leicester Square with a new cast this June

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Review: Red Sea Winter Jazz Festival

Bob Weir visits the city of Eilat, Israel for a packed weekend of jazz, with pianist Leszek Mozdzer and his trio the festival highlight

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Review: Robert Glasper Experiment

Francis Graham-Dixon sees Glasper's Experiment come of age in a two-hour show at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith

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Nigel Kennedy headlines Scarborough

This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival sees Nigel Kennedy paired with John Etheridge, alongside 15 other acts including Alan Barnes, Clark Tracey, Anita Wardell, Dennis Rollins and Gwilym Simcock

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Titley jazz festival's fifth year

The fifth Titley jazz festival in Powys this July features Clark Tracey, Anita Wardell and Art Themen plus a crew of Titley regulars

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Review: Tord Gustavsen, Southampton

Michael Tucker finds the ’chilled out’ music of popular Nordic pianist Tord Gustavsen at a packed Turner Sims Hall a touch too cool for its own good

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Full Brecon Jazz programme announced

The full programme for this year’s Brecon Jazz has now been announced and includes Burt Bacharach and Gregory Porter

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Jazz Workshop Festival at Kings Place

The London Jazz Workshop & Music Festival in April combines jazz workshops with performances by Tina May, Bruce Barth and more

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New jazz in Britain exhibition from the NJA

A new exhibition in London devised by the National Jazz Archive explores the cultural and social impact of jazz in Britain from 1919-1950

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Corea to play rare solo concert

Chick Corea will play a rare solo piano concert at the London Barbican on 19 May following the release of his new album Portraits

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Scotland's new jazz union

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra forged new links with the American scene during its 2013 US tour, captured on an outstanding new CD with stateside guests

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Eighth Norwich Jazz Party 2014

The line-up for the eighth annual celebration of mainstream and swing in Norwich includes Alec Dankworth, Jacob Fischer and Scott Hamilton

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Diana Krall cruises the Med in 2014

Diana Krall features as special guest on next year's StarVista Signature Cruise, travelling from Monte Carlo to Barcelona

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