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Gilad Atzmon denimThat old jazz favourite Al Fresco is back - or at least that's the aim of the first Love Supreme festival, to be held near Brighton 5-7 July 2013. In an era dominated (in the UK at least) by the concert-series-as-jazz-festival, Love Supreme hopes to match the best international outdoor events of the 1980s. The festival will take place on four stages in the Sussex countryside and one ticket will give entry to all four stages over all three days for acts including Marcus  Miller, Branford Marsalis and Soweto Kinch. Festival director, Ciro Romano, said: "We are thrilled that the passionate combination of Jazz FM, Ingenious, Serious and ourselves will bring back the green-field jazz festival after such a long break." More at lovesupremefestival.com . . . Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon (pictured, by Brian Payne) & The Orient House Ensemble tour in the new year to coincide with the release of their new album Songs Of The Metropolis (World Village). Full tour dates and much on Atzmon's often singular views on jazz, morality and Jewish identity as well as a sample of his focused fusion of bebop and north African sounds are at gilad.co.uk/live . . . The Colston Hall, Bristol is to host to a refreshingly eclectic new jazz and blues festival in March 2013. The festival takes place over the weekend of 1-3 March 2013, and includes Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion (with Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth and Abass Dodoo), the John Scofield Organic Trio (with Larry Goldings on Hammond organ and Greg Hutchinson on drums) and Andy Sheppard’s Trio Libero. More from bristoljazzandbluesfest.com

Multi-tasking professional Heather Cairncross brings classical precision to jazz performance; Manu Katché injects a dose of the vernacular into ECM; Julian Joseph launches a jazz academy focusing on the whole picture

Defending Steely Dan's appearance on Jazz Record Requests
: "Let's remember that Peter King and Stan Getz both recorded with Everything But The Girl, Chet Baker worked with Elvis Costello, and Miles Davis put his inimitable stamp on a solo with Scritti Politti back in the late 80s on Oh Patti. Then there's Sting – someone who's recorded with big names in jazz and actually brought serious talent to the notice of jazz audiences, such as Manu Katché and Chris Botti...I can think of few other magazines where the letters page produces such passionate debate! Fantastic" . . . How the Bexhill Observer retired Fats Waller to Hastings: "Fats played in Hastings, in the White Rock Pavilion, a couple of times in the late 1930s or early 1940s with a band that included George Chisholm. While he was here, Fats stayed with a friend of mine, the composer and pianist Tony Spurgin, who I knew through brass bands and dance bands from the 1960s onwards. Mike Hatchard wrote a press release for the local papers with this nugget, and was horrified when he saw that it had been edited to rewrite history. It was Tony, not Fats, who lived in Hastings, and 'spent his last few years in a cottage on The Ridge' (a road in the north of Hastings) . . . Marred bliss: "I was shocked to see that A Tribute To Benny Goodman by Julian Bliss received a five-star rating from Jazz Journal (JJ, October 2012, p22). Personally I had been battling to get through the CD, it was so bad. Sure he can play clarinet, but like most classically trained musicians he phrases badly when it comes to playing jazz, and does not swing" . . . Jan Garbarek repossesses his past: "With regard to the idea (December letters) that Jan Garbarek had pretty much disowned Til Vigdis, Garbarek recently emailed me: 'Disowning Til Vigdis? I love what we did on that album. I frequently use it to show how everything I have ever played thereafter was present in (more than) embryonic form in that recording. So much for disowning . . .'"

Bob Weir sweats the discographical detail. This month, among other things: seeking the personnel of the big band behind the Goon Show in the 1950s; wondering if Monk recorded two versions of Bye-Ya on 31 October 1962


In the first of a series of label profiles, Jazz Journal meets Peter Schmidlin, head of the Montreux-based TCB, where the catalogue goes from modern to fusion, Swiss radio archive and world music, but with the emphasis always and squarely on jazz

DVD: Woody Herman, Blue Flame. Books: The Jazz Standards by Ted Gioia

With another busy year just passed for the seemingly inexhaustible Sonny Rollins, Simon Spillett revisits three albums – The Bridge by Rollins and one each by John Coltrane and Stan Getz – that 50 years ago marked major shifts in style for the three leaders. Twenty-five years further on they had a seismic effect on the then teenage author

Across six pages, 32 JJ critics comment on their favourites from the 791 records reviewed in JJ in 2012. We scraped up five clear winners in each of new and reissues from a very wide field. On the edge of consensus we see its corollary, an enormous range of style and taste, perhaps well exemplified by the juxtaposition of Peter Appleyard and Wadada Leo Smith. Argue as we may about jazz, that's an array of creative endeavour – for no more hideous purpose than its own sake – that we should be thankful for

Alan Luff scarpers through 2012 on record. Among the honorable mentions: Zoe Rahman, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Brad Mehldau, Esbjörn Svensson, Ivo Neame and many more   

RECORD REVIEWS JJ offers unrivalled coverage of recorded jazz: we carry more than 20,000 words of expert comment and discography on jazz right across the board in every issue. This month:

New issues: Asgeir & Mo, Nik Bartsch, Jerry Bergonzi, Josh Berman, Jasper Blom, George Cables, Heather Cairncross, Tomasz Dabrowski, Graham Dechter, Wayne Escoffery, Digby Fairweather, Michael Feinberg, Tom Gibbs, Fred Hess, The Jive Aces, Laura Jurd, Tim Lapthorn, Rachael MacFarlane, Ron Miles, Marcus Miller, Jessica Molaskey/Dave Frishberg, Walter Norris/Leszek Możdżer, Pavillon, Enrico Rava, Jason Robinson, Scott Robinson, Elizabeth Shepherd, Steve Smith & Vital Information, The Golden Age Of Steam, Martin Tingvall, Jeremy Udden, Hiromi Uehara

Reissued or unissued archive material: Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt, Harold Arlen, Chris Barber, Benny Carter, Ray Charles, Ethel Ennis, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Hampton Hawes, Coleman Hawkins, Quincy Jones, Irene Kral, Ramsey Lewis/Lem Winchester, Hank Mobley, Art Pepper, Buddy Rich, Nina Simone, Dakota Staton, Toots Thielemans   

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.

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Warner Jazz; The Barbican; Norwich Jazz Party; Intermusic/Discovery; Crazy JazzMusic Inn, Nottingham; Joe Pisto; Dave Betts: Straight Ahead; Maggie Black's London Jazz

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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:

December 2012: Duško Gojković, Simon Spillett pt 2, Jacob Karlzon, Warren Vaché, Paul Winter
November 2012: Simon Spillett, Jim Mullen pt 2, Brandon Allen, Marcus Printup, Ruby Braff pt 2, Piano Jazz 5
October 2012: Jim Mullen, Spike Robinson, the new NYJO, Ruby Braff, Bobby Worth, Piano Jazz 4
September 2012: Marius Neset, Jazz Book Club, Summer festival reports; Bob Gordon, Thelonious Monk
August 2012: Bob Mintzer, Decibel Records, Elliot Mason, Mark Turner, Kurt Elling, Readers' Poll
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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