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Doug DobellOne of Doug Dobell's sales slogans held that every true jazz fan was born within the sound of Dobell's. It seemed a reasonable presumption, given the stock, associations and vicinity of his legendary London jazz record shop. The sound is in the air again as the British Record Shop Archive plans an exhibition this spring to bring Doug's shop temporarily back to life. The exhibition is currently at the funding stage and is planned for the Chelsea Space, London. It will feature the original shop fittings in situ, which have been housed in the basement of the Museum of London since Dobell's last premises, in Tower St, closed in 1992. (Pic: Doug outside the Tower St premises in the 1980s - © JJ archive.) The exhibition will also feature images from photographer Val Wilmer, as well as from former staff and customers, along with other memorabilia. More here . . . As usual, there is a refreshing reminder of the American (possibly even, re Bob Belden this issue, terpsichorean) roots of jazz in the nominations for the 55th Grammy Awards, to be made this month. Among the jazz nominees are Ravi Coltrane, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Elling, Al Jarreau, Esperanza Spalding, Ahmad Jamal, Pat Metheny, Bob Mintzer and Arturo Sandoval. Pianist Robert Glasper, widely touted on the UK jazz scene this year, doesn't make in jazz but is nominated for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album. Similarly, honey-toned heartstopper Gregory Porter appears in Best Traditional R&B Performance but not in jazz. There is little or no representation for "European" jazz: the ECM label has no presence in the jazz list but is nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Full details of the nominations can be seen at grammy.com/nominees.

Saxophonist, composer and all-round animateur Bob Belden insists jazz must retain its dance quality if it is to swing; British saxophonist Tori Freestone brings exposure to jazz from Eddie Lang to Keith Jarrett to bear on her lyrical contemporary style

Roots of ska; Chet Baker the ear-player; more on Fats Waller's putative visits to Hastings; why we should dig the "pulverising, life-changing magic" of Getz's Jazz Samba, just gone 50 years old; forgotten monster musician Eric Kloss 

The Top 10 from the other side of the critical coin:
1.   Gerry Mulligan And The Concert Jazz Band Santa Monica 1960 (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 710)
2.   Stan Getz At Nalen (Riverside RRCD 139)
3.   Kenny Wheeler The Long Waiting (CamJazz CAMJ 7848-2)
4.   Mike Gibbs/Norma Winstone/NDR Bigband Here’s A Song For You (Fuzzy Moon FUZ005)
5.   Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis/Johnny Griffin Griff & Lock (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 690)
6.   Alan Barnes/David Newton Inside Out (Woodville WVCD136)
7.   Keith Jarrett Sleeper (ECM 370 5570)
8.   Billy Hart All Our Reasons (ECM 278 6613)
9.   Harry Allen/Scott Hamilton ‘Round Midnight (Challenge CR73348)
10. Frank Teschemacher Jazz Me Blues (Retrospective RTR 4194) Two voters Reviewed June 2012

In JJ April 1968 writer P. John Sullivan characterised trombonist Bennie Green as a casualty of the postwar division into "modern" and "traditional", a player reluctant to be pigeonholed and thus less marketable. In fact, as Gordon Jack shows in this detailed portrait, he worked widely in the 50s and beyond, standing out as an individual in the most distinguished company

The self-made Israeli-born reedman and writer talks to Mark Gilbert in advance of five solid months on the road to coincide with the release of Songs Of The Metropolis, worrying that politically directed subsidy is "killing the existential, libidinal spontaneity of this art form"

BEVERLY KENNEY She committed suicide aged 28, but it wasn't the usual jazz trope of abuse and addiction. Clean-living, even puritan in outlook, she lit up the late 50s in a handful of albums recently reissued on Fresh Sound. Derek Ansell traces the work and life of a gifted singer whom Nat Hentoff thought the best since Sarah Vaughan

Steve Voce enjoys an online treasure trove of Eddie Condon concerts even if Pee Wee Russell's highly regarded contributions become tiresome. No doubts about the trombone section in Herman's Third Herd though

Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History (+ chance to WIN a copy); Big Easy Big Bands; Pepper Adams' Joy Road; The Saxophone. DVD: Chris Barber, Isle Of Wight

As a postscript to Simon Spillett's piece on Spike Robinson in JJ October 2012, Dick Bank presents a first-hand account of the recording session – and the circumstances – that produced Spike Robinson Plays Harry Warren (Hep CD2056)

Dave Brubeck
, pioneering composer and pianist whose critical reputation declined in almost direct inverse proportion to his popularity; Pete La Roca Sims, Latin to bop drummer who declared himself "free in 4/4" when invited to jam, Circle-style, with Corea and Holland; Richard Rodney Bennett, classical composer whose love of jazz led to composition for Stan Getz and work with leading jazz singers; Stan Greig, pianist with Sandy Brown, Humphrey Lyttelton, Ken Colyer and many more

Alan Luff finds the timeless magic missing from BBC Radio 4's New Year assessment of the state of jazz

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: Greg Abate, Animation, Dave Betts, Han Bennink, Frederick Borey, Cloudmakers Trio, Alexis Cole, Dagda Quartet, Joey DeFrancesco, Ernest Dawkins, Kevin Eubanks, Bryan Ferry, Diego Figueiredo, Mick Foster, Ivar Grydeland, Mayo Hubert, Ethan Iverson/Ben Street/Albert "Tootie" Heath, Barb Jungr, Guillermo Klein/Los Guachos, Lovely Rita, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Meloni/Dunmall/Dessanay/Sanders, Maceo Parker, Courtney Pine, Joe Pisto, Solveig Slettahjell, Tribal Tech, Håkon Thelin, Giulia Valle     

Reissued or unissued archive material: Art Blakey, Lol Coxhill/Morgan Fisher, Miles Davis, Vic Dickenson, Ella Fitzgerald, The "J.F.K." Quintet, Willis Jackson, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Inez Jones/Oscar Moore, Lee Konitz, Gene Krupa, MJQ, Dick Morgan, Oliver Nelson, Oliver Nelson/Lem Winchester, Marty Paich, Flip Phillips, John Pisano & Billy Bean, Shakatak, Ricardo Silveira, Various: Joy Road (Pepper Adams tribute), Sarah Vaughan, Frank Wess/Thad Jones, Kenny Wheeler/John Dankworth, Richard Williams/Leo Wright, John Young    

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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:

January 2013: Tenors of the Time: Rollins/Getz/Coltrane, Critics' Poll 2012, Manu Katché, Julian Joseph, TCB profile
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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