Sensation Jazz Cruises

MARCH 2015

Red Garland
As the Elemental label issues a previously unreleased Garland set from 1977, John White reviews the career of a pianist who embodied the timeless virtues of swing and groove

Profiles Trumpeter Digby Fairweather wishes his Half Dozen a happy 20th birthday; Swedish saxophonist Joakim Milder scales up Prefab Sprout for the Norbotten Big Band; singer and pianist Joe Stilgoe chooses music in order to leave time for cricket

What Do You Do During the Day? John Robert Brown considers players who made a mark away from the bandstand. This issue, Alan Greenspan, saxophonist, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve

Buddy Collette
Gordon Jack remembers the saxophonist who brought harmony to both music and L.A.’s musicians’ unions, which in some US cities in the early 1950s were still separated into black and white divisions

Ken Peplowski In JJ's My Instruments series the celebrated reedman recommends nobody take any notice of what he tells Bruce Lindsay he’s playing

Book & DVD Reviews Books: Gentleman Of Jazz – The Life Of George Chisholm (1915-97); Mr Pizza And All That Jazz; Jazz: So Much In My Life; Jan Lundgren Discography. DVD: Brownie Speaks: The Life, Music & Legacy Of Clifford Brown

Obituaries Buddy DeFranco; Jim Galloway, Vic Ash; Alicia Cunningham

Record reviews We review 81 CDs of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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Review: Zhenya Strigalev, Ronnie Scott's

St Petersburg native and alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev brought a host of American stars to Soho to help launch his new album on the Whirlwind label

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Review: Chris Potter at Ronnie Scott's

As saxophonist Chris Potter debuts his Underground orchestra on the ECM label, Mark Gilbert sees the original and smaller article in Soho

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Review: Haiti Jazz Festival

Simon Adams is bowled over by Haiti and its jazz festival, featuring singer Ranee Lee, Chilean trumpeter Sebastian Jordan, roots band Boukman Eksperyans and more

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Jazzerbaijan hits Ronnie Scott’s

Neil Watson of The European Azerbaijan Society sees two of the country's finest jazz pianists pack out the Soho club

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Wigmore wigs out

Jazz from pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Christian McBride is added to the classical roster in the London venue's 2015/2016 season

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Review: Eberhard Weber Jubilee, Stuttgart

Michael Tucker reports on two nights of concerts featuring Jan Garbarek, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Paul McCandless and others in honour of the German bassist's 75th birthday

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Louis's desert island rescue

Louis Armstrong’s 1968 appearnace on Desert Island Discs can be heard again after his personal copy of the recording was tracked down

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Sanborn & Scofield play Barbican

The spring programme at the Barbican, London features David Sanborn and John Scofield plus a tribute to record label Strata East

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Blue plaque unveiled for Kenny Wheeler

The London-based trumpeter and composer, who died last year, has been commemorated with a new blue plaque at his home in Leytonstone

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Review: Matthew Halsall, Halesworth

Garry Booth finds the Mancunian man of mystery has descended a few celestial notches while hinting at promising new directions

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Review: Anthony Braxton in Bristol

Andy Hamilton witnesses a rare and utterly personal UK appearance by the US saxophonist and composer, cardigan and all

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David Redfern memorial

Bob Weir attends a gathering of 200 people at Ronnie Scott's in celebration of photographer David Redfern, who died last autumn

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Bristol's third festival for March 2015

Bristol's International Jazz & Blues Festival returns with a packed programme including Dr John, Lillian Boutté, Alice Zawadzki and Louis Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi

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Ribble Valley Jazz Festival tickets on sale

The sixth annual jazz festival in and around Clitheroe, Lancashire will feature Stacey Kent, Andy Sheppard, Soweto Kinch and more

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First ever Llandudno Jazz Festival

The inaugural jazz festival at the Welsh seaside town in July boasts headliners Darius Brubeck, Anita Wardell and Clark Tracey

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Gateshead 2015 gets Sanborn, Scofield

The annual northern celebration of all things jazz, soul and funk returns in April via the International Jazz Festival at the Sage Gateshead

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Review: Officium last concert

Michael Tucker finds a ’near-Cubist projection of mysterious sound, space and spirit’ in the final concert by Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble

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Jazz Journal Critics' Poll 2014

Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren wins the new issue category for his album All By Myself and first place among reissues goes to Fresh Sounds' Keynote collection. Other winners include Pat Metheny, Tina May and Nils Petter Molvaer


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