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JJ October 2011 cover linkOn the Beat In-depth news: Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, 28-31 October and its unusual suspects; London Jazz Festival adds Ornette Coleman; Apex, new Suffolk venue, has Pine and Brubecks; last tickets remaining for Whitley Bay Classic Jazz Party, 4-6 November; Wally Fawkes and Jim Godbolt run new London gig; Ruby Braff discography and history in preparation by Scarecrow Press.

Profiles Dena DeRose, dubbed the most compelling singer/pianist since Shirley Horn, is in London this month; saxophonist Iain Ballamy has long swum against the tide but says individualism doesn’t have to mean militancy.

Letters the broadsheets' skewed jazz view; record shop reveries following Luff's evocative September column; ladies of the bass other than Esperanza and Nicki; Ray Smith finale; Bix fix.

Jazz Live Nigel Jarrett says Brecon isn't what it was but perhaps growing into something better; Alan Luff reports on the second Titley "son-of-Appleby" festival, acclaimed in JJ letters in September.

Scratching the Surface Steve Voce reviews media coverage of Louis Armstrong's 110th birthday, marvels over the sound of the new 10-CD Armstrong set from Universal and rediscovers Ernie Anderson's account of Louis's years with Joe Glaser.

Wynton Marsalis
Don Albert hears from the trumpeter and all-round jazz advocate about the importance of folk feeling, of the clave, the groove and the New Orleans tradition.

Book reviews Nica's Dream; Louis Armstrong's Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings; Joe Harriott; Thinking Of You: The Story Of Kay Kyser; Preservation Hall; Blue Note Records: A Guide For Identifying Original Pressings; Dan Barrett & Dave Cliff discographies.

Anec-dotage Alan Luff recalls the boogie woogie that exploded out of those long-gone record shops.

Give me a break John Altman notes that it's often the little things, such as the two-bar break by Shadow Wilson on Basie's 1940s Queer Street, that count.

Louis Armstrong Andy Hamilton interviews Brian Harker, author of the new book Louis Armstrong's Hot Five And Hot Seven Recordings.

Jazz Information Bob Weir fields your questions, queries and answers.

Record Reviews New recordings: Alan Barnes/Ken Mathieson, Stefano Battaglia, Tim Berne, Philip Catherine, Carlo De Rosa, Dena DeRose, Lance Ellington, Empirical, John Escreet, Laszlo Gardony, Alex Garnett, Herb Geller/Charlie Mariano, Andreas Gidlund, Scott Hamilton, Charles Lloyd/Maria Farantouri, Brad Mehldau/Kevin Hays, Dino Saluzzi, Zoe Schwarz, Tonbruket and more. Plus a host of reissues or unissued archive material, including: Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Paul Chambers, Sonny Clark, Eddie Condon, Buddy DeFranco, Eric Dolphy, Duke Ellington, Curtis Fuller, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall, Wynton Kelly/Wes Montgomery, Lenny McBrowne, Helen Merrill, Buddy Rich, Phil Seamen, Sonny Stitt, Tommy Whittle 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 Note; The Apex, Bury St Edmunds; Intermusic/Discovery; Pure Pleasure Records; Jef Hanlon Promotions (Brubecks); London Jazz Festival; ECM Records; Crazy Jazz; Maggie Black's London Jazz; Guinness Cork Jazz Festival; Nonesuch Records; Music Inn, Nottingham; Spotlite Jazz; Dena DeRose 

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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:

September 2011: Alan Skidmore; Guy Barker; Joan Viskant; Eddie Finckel; Joe Mudele; London record shops
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