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In-depth news: Brecon Jazz Festival, adopted briefly by the Hay organisation and taken over at short notice this year by Welsh events company Orchard, runs 10-12 August 2012. Programming was done at short notice by Orchard director Pablo Janczur and Welsh pianist Huw Warren and includes Dionne Warwick, Roy Ayers, Huw Warren, Thomas Stronen, Peter Herbert, Iain Ballamy, Neil Yates, the Lighthouse trio, Trio Libero, Neil Cowley, Claire Martin, YolanDa Brown, Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins, Soweto Kinch, Alan Barnes, Kit Downes, Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion and more. Orchard are calling it "a compact and powerful programme" and regarding 2012 as an "interim year" but promise innovative collaborations and the return of a party atmosphere to the streets of Brecon. Janczur said: "If we can get close to recapturing the values, spirit and magic of the heyday of Brecon Jazz, we'll have done our job." Tickets: www.breconjazz.com and 01874 611622 (Theatr Brycheiniog) and 24/7 from 0844 858 8521 . . . The picturesque East Sussex town of Rye is to hold its first international jazz festival 23-27 August. Among those booked are Anthony Strong, Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion (with Alec Dankworth, Pee Wee Ellis and Abass Dodoo), IDMC Gospel Choir, Herbie Flowers and Mike Hatchard. The programme also features a range of free street entertainment, acoustic sessions at the Butter Market and a Cuban marching band and educational projects. The full programme can be found at www.ryejazz.com or call 01892 277984 . . . The London Jazz Festival has added Herbie Hancock, Marcus Roberts, Jack DeJohnette, the David Murray Big Band and more to the swelling roster for this year's metropolitan jazz jamboree, 9-18 November. More at www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk . . . We hear a lot about the "cutting-edge" activity spinning off from the Leeds jazz course these days. Meantime, Seven Jazz in Chapel Allerton ("the Leeds club for quality accessible jazz") has announced its autumn season, which includes Brandon Allen-Quentin Collins, John Taylor, Liane Carroll, Benn Clatworthy and Pete King. There's also jazz on Sunday afternoons. Full details at www.sevenjazz.co.uk

Elliot Mason, Norwich trombone man now in the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra; Mark Turner, US saxophonist keen to play down the early influence of Warne Marsh; Kurt Elling, possibly today's most distinctive jazz voice, mixing a church background with modern sensibilities

Steve Voce's Maynard Ferguson feature prompts more tales of The Lip's 1960s triumphs in the north; David Meeker's jazz on film site proves a revelation for one reader who discovers celluloid of Tina Brooks in Brazil in '63; others put the case for Don Ellis, Tubby Hayes, Joe Temperley and Heather Cairncross

Do readers' tastes coincide with JJ's habitual contents and the tastes of its critics? Regarding the critics' poll in February, probably a resounding no. As far as content is concerned, probably a reserved yes. Among the winners for readers: Bobby Wellins, Simon Spillett's British piano series, the Arbors, Avid and Woodville labels, the London Jazz Festival and Norwich Jazz Party

Dave Gelly is prompted to recall Lionel Grigson's particularities and the youthful optimism of the London Jazz Orchestra

Edward Gleason's poetic impression of a valedictory YouTube video with Billy Higgins

The Yellowjackets reedman, former Buddy Rich and Jones/Lewis sideman and current occupant of Arnold Schoenberg's onetime Californian residence talks to Derek Ansell on life as a triple-threat jazzman

John Latham delves into the Decibel label, home in the early 50s to Kathy Stobart, the Merseysippi Jazz Band and others. Its amplifier, from the legendary Leak marque, ended up scaring birds at Manchester airport

More of the ups and downs of the jazz world from Fred Dellar


Bunny Berigan; Africa Speaks; Kenny Dorham; Jazzpaths; The Trumpet; All Star Jazz Show; Max Roach; Joe Lovano

Alan Luff laments the passing of the trusting 60s and the advent of texting, broadband and Twitter but doesn't miss The Shadows

Lol Coxhill; Marjie Hyams; Graeme Bell; Andy Hamilton

Unrivalled coverage of recorded jazz: we carry more than 20,000 words of expert comment and discography on jazz across the board in every issue. This month:

New issues: Albare Itd, Roy Assaf, Dan Barrett, Ketil Bjørnstad, Bill Carrothers, Chicago Underground Duo, Floratone, Frank Holder & Shane Hill, Hot Fingers, Gary Husband, Vijay Iyer, Jazz Punks, Ingrid Laubrock, Oriole, Evan Parker, Bucky Pizzarelli, Steve Plews, Eric Reed, Daryl Sherman, Martin Speake, Toots Thielemans, Sumi Tonooka, United Jazz + Rock Ensemble, Bob Wilber, Thilo Wolf

Reissues or unissued archive material: Joe Alexander, Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt, Dorothy Ashby, Chet Baker, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Booker Ervin, Bill Evans, Art Farmer, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Gigi Gryce, Coleman Hawkins, Keith Jarrett, Teddi King, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Karin Krog, Francis Lockwood, Johnny Lytle, Jack Millman, Marilyn Monroe, Brew Moore, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Lucy Ann Polk, Jimmy Rushing, Pee Wee Russell, Terje Rypdal, Zoot Sims, Frank Sinatra/Count Basie, Dakota Staton, Cecil Taylor, Various: British Traditional Jazz, Phil Woods

Capsule comment, discography and star rating on CDs we don't have space to review in full. This month: Mina Agossi, Richard Andersson, Alvaro Bello, Bilbao Syndrome, Jack Davies, Lasse Ehn, Espen Eriksen, Nicholas Genest, Mark Hanslip/Javier Carmona, Anne Mette Iversen, Bertil Jonasson, Marcel Loeffler, Jesper Løvdal, Andrea Marcelli, Miklin-Känzig-Hart, Phil Miller, Livio Minafra, Oltremare Quartet, The Splendor, Theo Jackson, Third World Love, Simon Toldam, Manual Valera

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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. Among the key features of recent issues are these:

July 2012: Joe Temperley, Vijay Iyer, Steve Brown, Enrico Tommaso, Yuriy Galkin, Maynard Ferguson
June 2012: Bucky Pizzarelli; jazz and jingles; jazz and strings; Gordon Beck; Mike Garrick; Robert Glasper
May 2012: Kenny Garrett; Geoffrey Smith; Microscopic Septet; Piano Jazz Revisited Pt 3; John Picard Pt 2
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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