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JJ June 2011

On the Beat London Bluesfest; Cleo's Garden Party; Titley Jazz Fest; Mostly Jazz Fest; Michel Petrucciani documentary; Preservation Hall Jazz Band in London

Profiles Led Bib, hailed as innovators, show their roots; Stan Sulzmann, venerable British jazzer finds novelty in young locals

Letters Stunning Stitt; Wonderful Wellins; Les Tomkins at Scott's; Jon Hiseman in Bristol; Did Bobby Hutcherson comp?; Chester Thompson or Chester Thompson? Weather Report or Santana?

Scratching the Surface Steve Voce finds set pieces in most places except Stan Getz ("His improvisations were always new and he didn't have any catchphrases") and recalls how Humph detested the work of "the man in The Guardian to whom jazz always had to be 'at the cutting edge'."

Jazz Live Fred Grand at Gateshead International Jazz Festival loved Mike Stern but also covers Debbie Harry, Soweto Kinch, Alyn Shipton, Iain Ballamy, Christine Tobin, Joe Lovano and many more

Book & DVD review
Books: Traditional New Orleans Jazz; Down The Highway; And All That Sea. DVDs: new Stan Kenton documentary from Graham Carter at Jazzed Media; John Surman, Flashpoint NDR Workshop, Hamburg April 1969

Bill Charlap Mark Gardner interviews a musician steeped in the American Songbook who says: "Three recordings really opened my mind: George Shearing's Blues Alley Jazz, Weather Report's Heavy Weather and Bill Evans's Montreux II"

I Could Write a Book Clinkers, queries and clichés collected by Dave Gelly: Radio 2 misnomers, Shearing's citizenship, the N-word (nostalgia) and the wince-making "cutting-edge"

British jazz piano, 1950-70 In part five, Simon Spillett assesses Gordon Beck, Michael Garrick, Mick Pyne, Howard Riley, Keith Tippett and John Taylor

Rumba jazz Latin American rhythm has been an explicit feature of jazz since Dizzy Gillespie's Cubop of the 40s, but its earlier manifestations in jazz are more veiled. In this two-part article Nick Duckett traces the Latin beat in pre-war jazz. Part one: New Orleans connection

Ray Smith A special remembrance of the legendary London record shop proprietor by his colleague Matthew Wright

Jazz Information
Bob Weir with your queries and responses. This month's most queried? West Coast saxophonist David Sills

Record Reviews Ambrose Akinmusire, Howard Alden, Helio Alves, Ernestine Anderson, Lynne Arriale, Nik Bartsch, Jerry Bergonzi, Jane Ira Bloom, Brass Jaw, Will Butterworth, Deirdre Cartwright/Kathy Dyson, Cyrus Chestnut, Avishai Cohen, The Cookers, Cyminology, Matthias Eick, Kevin Eubanks, Paolo Fresu, Gowanus Reggae And Ska Society, Iro Haarla, Vijay Iyer, Barb Jungr, Rebecca Kilgore, Jonathan Kreisburg, Eric Legnini, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Ken Peplowski & Alan Barnes, Courtney Pine, Buck Pizzarelli, Eric Reed, The Rhythm Boys & Spats Langham, Matana Roberts, Ian Shaw and more plus a host of reissues. See some of this month's Jazz Journal reviews and our critics' favourites

Anec-dotage Alan Luff finds that Chu was indeed the berries

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All issues of Jazz Journal since its relaunch in May 2009 are available from our backcopies department, along with copies going back many more years. Key features of recent issues are these:

May 2011: Toots Thielemans talks to Mark Gilbert; Oscar Peterson; Dexter Gordon; Nikki Yanofsky; Ethan Iverson
April 2011: Jon Hiseman; Sonny Stitt II; Jason Moran; George Wein; Tony Kofi; British jazz piano pt 3;
March 2011: Sonny Stitt I; The Claudia Quintet; Ian Shaw; Geoff Eales; British jazz piano pt 2; Coltrane pt 2
February 2011: Bobby Wellins; Critics' Poll 2010; Coltrane: a minority view, part 1
January 2011: Esperanza Spalding; The Brubecks; British jazz piano part 1; Vinyl Verdict
December 2010: Chuck Berghofer; Sal Mosca; Ravi Coltrane; Bob James; Cork Jazz Festival
November 2010: Mose Allison; British rhythm IV; The Either/Orchestra; Bob Weinstock
October 2010: Gary Smulyan; Orrin Keepnews; Brubeck IV; Brit beat III; Brecon report
September 2010: Philip Larkin; Bill Mays; Brubeck III; Brit beat II; Festival reports
August 2010: Tommy Smith; Brubeck II; British beat I; Lester Koenig; Edmund Hall 
July 2010: Dave Brubeck part I; John McLaughlin; Frank Holder; Steve Lacy
June 2010: Vibes now: Joe Locke, Jim Hart; Frank Griffith's cool school; Artie Shaw centenary  
May 2010: Herb Geller; British drummer John Marshall; Django Reinhardt; Alec Dankworth
April 2010: Judy Carmichael; crime writer John Harvey; Milt Jackson IV; producer Alan Douglas  
March 2010: Dave O'Higgins; Milt Jackson III; Alun Morgan's Lost In Meditation; John Dankworth remembered
February 2010: Gerald Wilson; Milt Jackson II; Critics' Poll 2009; Dave Gelly on the roots of Milesian modalism
January 2010: Milt Jackson; Paul Booth; Sheila Jordan part 2; In My Opinion: Michael Janisch; How To Write About Jazz
December 2009: Michael Janisch; Vanguard Orchestra; Karen Sharp; Gene Krupa; Mark Ramsden
November 2009: ECM At 40; The Test: Ken Peplowski; Grant Stewart; Creed Taylor; Lita Rosa; C-melody saxophone
October 2009: Hank Jones; Sheila Jordan part 1; Curtis Counce; Omar Puente; Spike Heatley
September 2009: Liam Noble; Woody Herman part 4; Sandy Brown; Graham Collier; Summer festival roundup
August 2009: Lee Konitz; Woody Herman part 3; Georgia Mancio; Standard Time - John Altman digs deep
July 2009: Mark Murphy; Woody Herman part 2; Do Children Get Jazz?
June 2009: Julian Lage; The Test: Tim Garland; John Levy; Woody Herman part 1
May 2009: Benny Golson; Critics' Poll 2008

Mark Gilbert