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Alan SkidmoreOn the Beat In-depth news: London Jazz Festival jamboree approaches, 11-20 November; Tommy Smith's Karma on tour; R3 jazz moves nightwards except the ed's fave, Jazz Record Requests; Wayne Shorter plays London, 8 October; Lincoln Center jazz documentary; All Saints Hove Jazz Festival.

Profiles Guy Barker has been finding a new role, morphing from trumpet-wielding frontman into composer and arranger; Chicago-born singer Joan Viskant has found a home from home in UK work with John Altman, Pete Long and more.       

Letters Boring MJQ; Triumph at Titley jazz fest; the "terrific" Norwich jazz party; Rossano Sportiello is a new kid on the stride-piano block compared to Dick Hyman; finding Les Spann pix online; rediscovering marvels of Quincy Jones's big bands; recalling Billy Bang; don't underrate Clare Teal; did Ben Webster know the lyrics?; let's have a new Wellins CD; Sonny Murray, concertina player.

Alan Skidmore Simon Spillett talks to the British saxophonist, inspiration to Michael Brecker, whom Steve Voce last month found “surely our most inspiring tenor man since Tubby”.

Jazz Live We see the parade of CD, DVD and gig reviews through the year, but what better snapshot of jazz 2011 than the hothouse of activity that is the European summer festival circuit? Our correspondents report from France, Holland and Sweden - Vienne, Juan-Les-Pins, Ystad (review online here), North Sea and Nice.

Eddie Finckel Jim Burns recalls an often overlooked arranger whose writings for Boyd Raeburn, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and others sought to introduce the colours of bop and 20th century art music into the swing big band format.

Scratching the Surface Steve Voce recalls the travails and triumphs of brassmen Lawrence Brown, Bix Beiderbecke, Ruby Braff and Trummy Young and discovers hidden facets of guitarist Ken Colyer.

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Dave Gelly talks to the Club Eleven and Dankworth Seven bass veteran who celebrates his 91st birthday this month, still practises daily out of the Charlie Parker Omnibook and runs Bexley Jazz Club.

Remembered Frank Foster, the self-proclaimed hard bopper whose open-mindedness meant he also played jazz- funk and abstract contemporary jazz; Eric Delaney, the charismatic drummer of boundless energy and talent whose drum soloing once delayed the broadcast of the BBC news; Fran Landesman, Beat-inspired lyricist whose epitaph was "It was a good life, but it wasn't commercial."

Seminal sessions Richard Palmer says the 1960 Schifrin-Gillespie orchestral suite Gillespiana should be ranked alongside the widely acclaimed Miles Davis-Gil Evans works of the time.

Anec-dotage Alan Luff on London jazz record shops, those glorious emporia from most of which the tone arm of history has lifted and come to rest.

Record Reviews New recordings: Karrin Allyson, Gary Burton, Felice Clemente, Jacqui Dankworth, Leon Greening, Frank Griffith, Atsuko Hashimoto, George Haslam, Billy Jenkins, Ernie Krivda, Brian Lynch, René Marie, NDR Big Band with Trilok Gurtu & Simon Philips, Nordic Connect, Ken Peplowski, Gregory Porter, Ricardo Villalobos/Max Loderbauer, Paolo Vinnacia  and more. Plus a host of reissues or unissued archive material, including: Gene Ammons, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Anthony Braxton, Clifford Brown, Dave Brubeck, Serge Chaloff, Nat Cole, Ornette Coleman, Jamie Cullum, Jim Galloway, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Tubby Hayes, Stacey Kent, George Lewis, Warne Marsh/Ted Brown and dozens more. See some of this month's Jazz Journal reviews and our critics' favourites.

And not forgetting our distinguished advertisers . . . see much more essential new release and gig information in their placements in the print edition.

Advertisers' index Warner Jazz; Proper Records; Specific Records; Proper Note; Lockerbie Jazz Festival; Intermusic/Discovery; Pure Pleasure Records; Crazy Jazz; Carswell Golf & Country Club; Maggie Black's London Jazz; Croydon Records Collectors Fair; All Saints Hove Jazz Festival; Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

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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:

August 2011: Dan Block; Courtney Pine; DVD review special; Artie Shaw; Ray Bryant, Ottilie Patterson
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