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JJ November 2011On the Beat In-depth news: Big Bear's British Jazz Awards buck trends, claiming 25 years as the only UK jazz awards decided by public vote; Brubecks play Brubeck with Dave O'Higgins up and down the land; Joe Harriott is the subject of a Proper Music podcast via the words of Harriott biographer Alan Robertson; JJ writer Derek Ansell has a new book, Sugar Free Saxophone: The Life & Music Of Jackie McLean out through Northway on 2 April 2012. 

Profiles Barbara Thompson is the subject of a BBC4 TV documentary next spring; Buddy Greco is back on the boards and has a new archive CD out; like a true pro, Alex Garnett, son of Willie, can not only play but rebuild the tools of his trade.

Letters responses to Simon Adams's call last month for modern classics long overdue for CD reissue; more record shop memories; Getz/Tjader's Ginza Samba "the greatest recorded item ever heard"; following John Altman's two-bar-break piece last month, Dave Gelly cites a favourite from Fats Navarro.

Jazz Live Jazz in Marciac: JJ photographer Tim Motion gives us a taste of the 31st Marciac jazz festival, 29 July – 14 August; Bob Weir reports on the IAJRC convention in Manchester, 22-24 September.

Scratching the Surface Steve Voce finds Miles's 60s quintet on Columbia Legacy as fresh as today, hails the dawn of original British jazz and marvels at the BBC Big Band's readings of Kenton.

Randy Sandke Michael Steinman profiles another misunderstood musician, pigeonholed as one thing when he’s several others (playing with Benny Goodman, Ray Anderson, Michael Brecker, Janis Joplin, and the rest) and vilified by the liberal establishment for his forthright critical work.

DVD reviews Chet Baker; Count Basie; Dizzy Gillespie; Django Reinhardt; Sound And Silence; Barbara Thompson's Paraphernalia; Weather Report, Cologne 1983; Phil Woods.

Dance Days Nic Jones sketches the background to the recently reissued Felsted recordings, the sessions that gave us the term "mainstream" over 60 years ago.

Power Serge Simon Spillett examines the impact, importance and legacy of the great baritone virtuoso, Serge Chaloff.

Graham Collier; Frank Driggs; Joe Lee Wilson.

Anec-dotage Alan Luff notices how nightmare and triumph were juxtaposed in the life and work of Artie Shaw.

Record Reviews New issues: Cyrille Aimée, Monty Alexander, Django Bates, Seamus Blake, T.K Blue, Uri Caine, James Carter, Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen, Cow Bop, Echoes Of Swing, Eliane Elias, The Flail, European Jazz Ensemble, Tom Harrell, James Farm, Mike LeDonne, Branford Marsalis/Joey Calderazzo, Mark McKnight, Jean-Michel Pilc, Rufus Reid, Sam Rivers, Matana Roberts, Round Trip, Colin Vallon. Plus a host of reissues or unissued archive material, including: Pepper Adams/Jimmy Knepper, Barry Altschul, Ray Anderson, Chet Baker, Anthony Braxton, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Herb Ellis, Art Farmer, Tony Fruscella & Brew Moore, Dizzy Gillespie, Stéphane Grappelli, Coleman Hawkins, Tubby Hayes, Earl Hines, Lee Konitz, Steve Lacy, Jimmie Lunceford, David Murray, Peppy Prince, Charles Tolliver and 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; Intermusic/Discovery; BGO Jazz; Pure Pleasure Records; Crazy Jazz; Maggie Black's London Jazz; Music Inn, Nottingham; Avid Records; Buddy Greco 

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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:

October 2011: Louis Armstrong; Wynton Marsalis; Dena DeRose; Iain Ballamy; two-bar breaks; absent reissues
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