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Dan BlockOn the Beat International Association of Jazz Record Collectors convention for Manchester; Pizza stays hot; "Explosive" BBC jazz drama; Tony Levin's Rare Music label resumes; Canary Wharf FOC jazz in August

Profile Courtney Pine talks to Garry Booth about the inspiration behind his latest recording, Europa – and explains why he has forsaken the tenor saxophone       

Letters Esperanza Spalding v. Nicki Parrott; what's best, standards or originals?; Steve Voce's posthumous feud with Ken Colyer; jazz name doubles; let's hear about audio quality; Shearing's passport status; why Bobby Wellins?; Miles Davis's Tutu period endorsed

Artie Shaw In 1955, disillusioned by the music business and planning to write his "great novel" Artie Shaw quit the clarinet for good and left for Europe. We publish an extract on his European sojourn from Artie Shaw, King Of The Clarinet, by Tom Nolan, published by Norton this month in paperback. Plus, a chance to win a copy in our competition

Scratching the Surface Steve Voce says the Tubby Hayes Legacy is the best big band he’s heard in decades, re-reads the “dreadful” Music Is My Mistress, and gets set to rights by John Williams (no, not that one)

Lockerbie Jazz Festival Answer four questions for a chance to win hotel and tickets for two at one of Scotland's finest jazz festivals  

Dan Block Bruce Lindsay talks to the versatile New York reedman who brings a classicist’s sense of history to jazz performances ranging from Mingus to Mahler via Haitian compas dire

DVD Bud Shank: Against The Tide; Duke Ellington: Reminiscing In Tempo; Hiromi: Solo Live At Blue Note New York; Thelonious Monk: Solo Piano In Berlin ’69; John Abercrombie/Greg Osby: Solos: The Jazz Sessions; Charlie Hunter: Solos: The Jazz Sessions; Michel Legrand: Legrand JazzChico & Rita; Oscar Peterson Trio: At Ronnie Scott’s 1974 With NHØP And Barney Kessel; Matthew Shipp: Solos: The Jazz Sessions

Books The Return Of Jazz: Joachim- Ernst Berendt And West German Cultural Change; Klaus Doldinger; Freebag ...? Jazz I Norge 1960-1970

Jazz Live Heavy duty modernism at Jazz Sous Les Pommiers in Normandy and classic NO in Upton-upon-Severn

Remembered Ray Bryant, a wholly original pianist eclipsed by the achievements of Evans, Hancock, Jarrett and Tyner; Ottilie Patterson, singer who quit Northern Ireland in 1954 intent on breaking into Chris Barber's band and played with him through to the 80s

Jazz Information Albert McCarthy's NY recording trips; European multi-CD boxes; Hank Mobley on Real Gone Jazz; Duke Ellington's Paris Blues soundtrack; June Christy Cool School details; where's Ron Brown?

Anec-dotage Alan Luff recalls a tenorist whose "breathy, aspirate sound plus heavy vibrato more and more replicated a slow puncture". Yes, Ben Webster

Record Reviews Geri Allen, Bruce Barth, Ketil Bjørnstad, Liane Carroll, Chick Corea, Claire Dickson, Kyle Eastwood, Terje Gewelt, Benny Green, Scott Hamilton/Howard Alden/Frank Tate, Lee Konitz/Brad Mehldau/Charlie Haden/Paul Motian, Lee Konitz/Dave Liebman/Richie Beirach, Julian Lage, The Marsalis Family, Marilyn Mazur, Charnett Moffett, David Murray Cuban Ensemble, Mike Reed, Romane, John Scofield, Warren Vaché/Alan Barnes, Johnny Varro, Wayne Wallace, Marcin Wasilewski, Weather Report and more, including a host of reissues. See some of this month's Jazz Journal reviews and our critics' favourites

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

July 2011: Mike Stern; Monty Alexander; Dave Stapleton; Kyle Eastwood; Ingrid Laubrock; Per Husby
June 2011: Bill Charlap; Rumba Jazz I; Brit piano V; Led Bib; Stan Sulzmann; Ray Smith; Chu Berry
May 2011: Toots Thielemans; Oscar Peterson; Dexter Gordon; Nikki Yanofsky; Ethan Iverson; Brit piano IV
April 2011: Jon Hiseman; Sonny Stitt II; Jason Moran; George Wein; Tony Kofi; Brit piano III;
March 2011: Sonny Stitt I; The Claudia Quintet; Ian Shaw; Geoff Eales; Brit piano II; 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 I; 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