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OFC JJ May 2012In-depth news: Complete line-up for the sixth Norwich Jazz Party (5-7 May) is now available . . . Coutances, France (12-19 May) includes Don Byron, Robert Glasper, Diego El Cigala, Pink Martini, Ninety Miles, Hermeto Pascoal, Archie Shepp/Joachim Kühn and Marcus Miller amidst a wealth of international and domestic talent . . . The third Ystad Festival in southern Sweden (2-5 August - get a flavour from our 2011 coverage) features a programme that illuminates almost every dimension of jazz style and history, that span embodied particularly in the long and varied career of its 2012 guest of honour, Quincy Jones . . . AsconaJazz (21 June-1 July), renowned for its generous embrace of the traditional, this year stays true to its founding principles while adding contemporary good-time touches in the form of Pee Wee Ellis, Till Brönner and others . . . The Gibraltar Jazz Festival launches in the historic Casemates Square, 28-30 June, with bassist Avishai Cohen and the University of London Big Band among free concerts . . . The subtitle "Drop Me Off At Woking" might have a certain self-effacing irony, but whatever Woking's jazz cachet, the fascinating range of papers at Ellington 2012 (23-27 May) in the Surrey stockbroker town include (1) Duke Ellington: the pianist and (2) the integration of 20th century classical, jazz and pop in Ellington. Presenters include Darius Brubeck and concerts include the Guildhall School of Music Big Band and Choir, Frank Griffith, Darius Brubeck and Claude Bolling . . . See the print edition of JJ for full stories and much more of the latest jazz news.

Dynamo bassman Jasper Høiby has been seeing the light by playing in the dark; singer René Marie has taken the mid-life plunge from banker to international singing star; John Warren has emerged from the boiler room of contract arranging to lead two of his own records.

Universal acclaim for JJ's One Finger Snaps capsule reviews . . . Definitions of swing without a mention of 12/8 . . . grass roots British jazz needs a new Jed Williams . . . end of a jazz era as once stalwart jazz mail-order specialist The Woods in Bognor closes . . . the Birdland Big Band covering The Muppets.

Dave Gelly regrets Strasbourg's 70-year copyright rule and the end of Jazz Library.

The altoist talks to Mark Gilbert about Ellington, Woody Shaw, Miles, Harold Minerve and more.

Joel Forrester, co-founder of the Microscopic Septet, talks to Derek Ansell about his personal experiences with Thelonious Monk.

The Raw Brass Allstars; Jersey Jazz Festival revived.

Books: Pat Martino; Brad Mehldau; Baroness Nica. DVDs: Baroness Nica; Marian McPartland; Gerry Mulligan; Zoot Sims.

Alun Luff takes the rap for Tord Gustavsen but finds relief in another Teuton, Franz Schubert.

The received wisdom concerning jazz piano – its genesis, its key figures and its very nature – is, argues Richard Palmer, in need of radically corrective revision. Part 3: Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington.

In part 2, Mike Taylor follows the progress of the British trombonist in the Humphrey Lyttelton band of the 1950s.


On the eve of a two-year sabbatical, the BBC presenter reflects on 20 years chairing Jazz Record Requests.

More than 20,000 words of expert comment and discography every issue.

New issues:
Harry Allen, Alan Barnes, Tim Berne, James Carter, Nels Cline, Geoff Eales, Marty Grosz, Julian Joseph, Claire Martin, Jimmy Owens, Phronesis, Greg Ruggiero, Mark Sherman.

Reissues or unissued archive material: Cannonball Adderley, Peter Appleyard, Chet Baker, Sidney Bechet, Gary Burton, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Hank Crawford, Tony Crombie, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, Stan Kenton, London Jazz Quartet, Carmen McRae, Howard McGhee, Charles Mingus, Dick Morrissey/Jim Mullen, Oliver Nelson, Red Norvo, Charles Persip, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, Ronnie Ross, Bobby Scott, Zoot Sims, Al Smith/Mildred Anderson, Bessie Smith, Wadada Leo Smith, Cecil Taylor, Jesper Thilo, Dinah Washington.

Capsule comment, discography and star rating on CDs we don't have space to review in full. This month: 1982; Acoustic Alchemy; Basie, Count; Beneke, Tex; Björklund, Johan; Blake, Ran/Dominique Eade; Brunborg, Tore/Kirsti Huke; Clemente, Felice/Javier Pérez Forte; Collin, Romain; Coltrane, John; Dahl, Carsten, Davis, Miles; Deep Schrott; Delbecq, Benoît/François Houle; Dialogues Trio; Diversa, John; Durga Rising; Dwyer, Phil; Eales, Geoff; Edwards, Cliff;  European Jazz Ensemble; Evans, Gil; Gainsbourg, Lulu; Gayle, Charles; Gee, Jonathan; Halloran, Sue/Ken Hitchcock; Hawkins, Alexander; Hughes, Sarah Ellen; Innanen, Mikko; Irwell Street String Band; Jansson, Lars; Jensen & Ehwald; Jordan, Sheila/Harvie S; Kastning, Kevin/Sándor Szabo; Kershaw, Martin King, Angela; LED; Lincoln, Abbey; Mats/Morgan Band; Mingus, Charles; Modern Jazz Quartet; Murphy, Mark; Pereira, Vitor; Perkins, Tony; Peterson, Oscar; Rêverie Duo; Ricart, Edward; Rocket; Rudd, Roswell; Sieverts, Henning; Stadler, Heiner; Starlicker; Talking Cows; TH-Trio; Tipitina; Three Cane Whale; Tonooka, Sumi; Værnes, Knut; Wilson, Cassandra.

As far as CD sourcing is concerned, as with all issues we cover please consult our regular specialist advertisers, such as Crazy Jazz and Music Inn.

See some of this month's Jazz Journal reviews and our critics' favourites.

ADVERTISERS' INDEX See much more essential new release and gig information in our advertisers' announcements in the print edition of Jazz Journal.

Warner Jazz; Intermusic/DiscoveryYstad Sweden JazzFestival; Hep Records; Linn Records; Crazy JazzMusic Inn, Nottingham; Marshmallow RecordsMaggie Black's London Jazz; Ellington 2012; Raw Brass; Gibraltar Jazz Festival; Titley 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. Among the key features of recent issues are these:

April 2012: Art Themen; ACT Music; Enrico Pieranunzi; Clare Fischer; Piano Jazz Revisited Pt 2; John Picard Pt 1
March 2012: Randy Brecker; Phil Robson; Piano Jazz Revisited Pt 1; Straight Ahead: fears for UK grass roots 
February 2012: Critics' Poll 2011; Tord Gustavsen; Jeff Hooper, Andrew McCormack, Jason Yarde, New York Live
January 2012: Ron Carter; Etta James; Dave Kelbie; Matana Roberts; Joe Harriott II; Claude Thornhill; Jack Bruce
December 2011: Jerry Bergonzi; Michael Cuscuna; Ruby Braff; Joe Harriott I; Wadada Leo Smith; Josh Kyle
November 2011: Randy Sandke; Serge Chaloff; Barbara Thompson; Buddy Greco; Graham Collier, Felsted
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 Opinon: 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


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