SEPTEMBER 2016

Gerard Presencer After keeping a low profile for a decade, trumpeter Gerard Presencer unveils an array of new projects to Wif Stenger. They include a big band outing with Charlie Watts, experimental chamber music and an acclaimed book

Profiles Bassist Ben Crosland taps new jazz potential in the Kinks; pianist Gwilym Simcock comes full circle in the Metheny band; Cuban musician Omar Sosa calls for more space and peace

Derek Smith Keith McDowall interviews the one-time John Dankworth, Kenny Graham and Kenny Baker pianist who left, jobless, for New York and a fortnight later was recording with the MJQ

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce says that of the many classic jazz concerts on record – Goodman at Carnegie, Dizzy and Bird at Massey, Jazz At The Philharmonic and so on – Louis Armstrong’s May 1947 Town Hall show is his favourite

'No, I'm not busking' Simon Spillett considers ‘free’ music, virtual critique and the art of the walkout

Book & DVD Reviews Books: Beyond Jazz: Plink, Plonk & Scratch // Hal Leonard Saxophone Playalong Vol. 6: Dave Koz // Berlin – Sounds Of An Era, 1920- 1950 DVDs: Melody Gardot: Live At The Olympia Paris // Janis: Little Girl Blue

Obituaries Claude Williamson; Charles Davis; Shelley Moore

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

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Preview: Ronnie Scott's in October

Ronnie Scott's October line-up features stars including Stacey Kent, Steve Gadd and Charlie Wood, plus celebrations of Tubby Hayes and Jaco Pastorius


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BBC Music Jazz returns for 2016

Jazz FM and BBC Radio reprise their collaborative digital pop-up station for special broadcasts during the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival


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Tubby Hayes blue plaque unveiled

The childhood home of saxophonist Tubby Hayes, known as the Little Giant, has now been formally marked by the award of a Blue Plaque


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Review: Wall2Wall, Abergavenny

Nigel Jarrett visits a jumping Abergavenny for the fourth Wall2Wall Festival, is moved to tears by Dennis Rollins and enjoys a Boogie Party


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Preview: Martin Taylor's birthday tour

The top-flight guitarist and composer celebrates his 60th birthday with a 13-date solo tour including concerts in Dundee, London and Whitby


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Preview: Jazz At The London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival features three movies with a jazz focus - classic Paul Whiteman, the story of Lee Morgan, and Ryan Gosling's jazz romance


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George Mraz appeal

A crowdfunding campaign with an $18000 target has been launched to help bassist George Mraz recover from major surgery and heart problems


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Preview: Tina May/Enrico Pieranunzi

Vocalist Tina May and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi announce an eight-date tour of Scotland and England for late September and early October


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Review: Ronnie's piano festival

Three contrasting trios from Ronnie Scott's International Piano Trio Festival impress Dave Jones with their humour, energy and musicianship


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Review: Marcus Strickland Quartet

At Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Patrick Flanary enjoys the work of Marcus Strickland whether the saxophonist and bandleader is resting or playing


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Preview: Nigel Price hits the road

Guitarist Nigel Price announces an extensive tour with his organ trio and quartet, playing over 50 dates in England, Scotland and Wales from August to December


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Review: Christine Jensen and Nikki Iles

Alan Ainsworth is impressed by saxophonist Christine Jensen's London debut in a varied, engaging set at the Pizza Express with pianist Nikki Iles


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Preview: Ray Charles back in mono

Following John Coltrane The Atlantic Years In Mono, Warner release another mono set, focusing on ’The Genius’ Ray Charles across seven LPs in high-quality vinyl


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The 2016 JJ Backpack Bag

Jazz Journal has expanded its range of merchandise for summer 2016 with the addition of the handsome and practical JJ drawstring bag - the perfect complement for the club or festival to hold your programme, tickets and other accessories


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Review: Ben Crosland Quintet at the 606

Ben Crosland's Quintet gave the Ray Davies Songbook a jazz treatment, impressing Alan Ainsworth with sensitive and considered arrangements


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Review: Steps Ahead at Ronnie Scott's

They played the timeless Pools but otherwise, says Dave Jones, the Steps Ahead reunion at Ronnie's was no exercise in nostalgia


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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: 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: 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: 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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