DECEMBER 2018

Putting his trust in jazz Eight decades after John Hammond’s celebrated Spirituals To Swing concerts at Carnegie Hall, John White outlines the political machinations behind the events

Profiles Bassist Arild Andersen produces work of “unusual breadth and depth”; pianist Pete Lee “pulls freely from classical and pop music”; saxophonist Eric Alexander holds the line for real jazz

Mike Osborne Barry Witherden recalls "the most mesmerising player in a generation of immensely talented jazz musicians"

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce treats big band economics and discovers a horrifying gap in his Louis collection

On the Other Hand Dave Gelly on celebrity Coltrane, the New Orleans revival and hyperbole in jazz nomenclature

Obituaries Hamiet Bluiett; Art Ellefson; Roy Hargrove; Barry McRae; Chuck Morgan; Jimmy Wilkins

Alt. takes The jazz biz daily hails “new” directions but as Brian Morton points out, genius has to make do with one big idea

Record reviews
We review 76 albums of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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Review: Teignmouth Jazz and Blues

Barry Witherden enjoyed a festival that might have lacked major international names but was still strong on blues and pukka jazz


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BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 winner

Twenty-two-year-old saxophonist Xhosa Cole is the winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician award for 2018 after a final at the Queen Elizabeth Hall


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LJF 2018: Jazz Cubano

A triple-bill of Cuban musicians at the Barbican appeals to Gareth Thomas despite mixed responses from some audience members


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LJF 2018: Camilla Beeput

Camilla Beeput's drama with music about Lena Horne lifts Leon Nock out of his seat and ends the London Jazz Festival on a high


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LJF 2018: Camilla George

Roger Farbey catches a truly memorable concert by Camilla George and band and reckons they might be jazz superstars in the making


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Preview: Love Supreme Festival 2019

Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy and Gladys Knight are the first performers announced for the 2019 event at Glynde Place, East Sussex


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LJF 2018: Joanna Eden

Leon Nock at Cadogan Hall enjoyed an evening of interpretations of Stephen Sondheim that left the audience hungry for more


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Preview: Cheltenham Jazz 2019

Sergio Mendes, Joshua Redman, Gregory Porter and The Bad Plus are among the first names announced for Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2019


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LJF 2018: Jeff Goldblum

The Hollywood star might have spent more time away from the piano than playing it but he showed there's still room for fun at a jazz gig, says Gareth Thomas


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LJF 2018: Orphy Robinson

Simon Adams hears the vibist capture the incandescent delights of Astral Weeks, possibly 'one of the finest jazz vocal albums ever'


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LJF 2018: Helen Theophanous

Leon Nock says Helen Theophanous had the audience purring like a Russian Blue with her take on Sarah Vaughan and Lester Young's NYC Town Hall gig


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LJF 2018: Dave Douglas's Uplift

Simon Adams is partially uplifted by Dave Douglas's new outfit, Uplift, featuring Bill Laswell and Mary Halvorson, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall


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LJF 2018: Big Band Bash

On his first visit to the 2018 EFG London Jazz Festival, Leon Nock wallows in good old-fashioned vintage swing from the 13-piece Down For The Count


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Review: Brighton Alternative Jazz Fest

Simon Adams enjoyed an alternative seaside treat as the festival devoted to experimental jazz and free improvisation took over various Brighton venues


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Preview: Barker's Big Band Christmas

Guy Barker brings Christmas to the Royal Albert Hall again, with guests including Strictly Come Dancing singer Tommy Blaize and clarinettist Adrian Cox


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Preview: Jazz goes cruising

Two jazz cruises, Blue Note At Sea and The Jazz Cruise, sail from Florida next January with line-ups featuring some of the musicís greatest names


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Preview: Courtney Pine and Omar

Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine and neo-soul vocalist Omar take Black Notes From The Deep on a northern tour in December


 

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