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This year's Swanage Jazz Festival, the 24th, offers a typically packed and distinctively wide-ranging programme. Set on Dorset's Jurassic coast, it runs 12-14 July and features jazz for all tastes, from New Orleans to contemporary styles, among which Greg Abate, Gilad Atzmon, Alan Barnes, Brass Jaw, Mark Bassey (playing Basie), Dave Brennan, Liane Carroll, Laurie Chescoe, Renato D'Aiello, Kit Downes, Steve Fishwick-Osian Roberts, Leon Greening, Shabaka Hutchings, Tony Kofi, Mark Lockheart's Ellington in Anticipation, Keith Nichols (solo and with his Blue Devils, with Joan Viskant), Arnie Somogyi's Scenes In The City, Clark Tracey, Steve Waterman (pictured, by John Watson), and Bobby Wellins with the Kate Williams Trio. There are four stroller venues close to the seafront in the centre of town, and several free venues as well as a brass band parade and free gigs in pubs. Full details of the programme with over 50 bands are available from the Festival Office (01020 422215) and from swanagejazz.org.uk . . . This summer's Brecon Jazz Festival (9-11 August), the second under the auspices of Welsh events organiser Orchard, adds a third more gigs to last year's quota, with artists including The Impossible Gentlemen, Acker Bilk, Courtney Pine, Gilad Atzmon, Zoe Rahman, Mavis Staples, Jools Holland, John Surman Trio, Laura Jurd and Alan Barnes/Martin Taylor. When asked if Brecon would go the route of Cheltenham and others and book pop artists such as Hugh Laurie and Stevie Winwood (and this year Dionne Warwick), Orchard PR Director Tim Powell told JJ: "We have to sell tickets, and we will programme artists who will work for that audience in Brecon. We need to reach the people who 'remember the old Brecon', but we have a whole new audience to develop" . . .  "Good music, good weather, good organisation, a typical French city setting with a cathedral on top of a hill and all within easy striking distance of southern England. Who could ask for more?" So said Derek Ansell in his JJ review of the 2011 Jazz sous les pommiers festival in Normandy. This year's "Jazz under the apple trees", which runs from 4 to 11 May 2013, features a typically extensive list of international names including Charles Lloyd, Gary Burton, Joshua Redman, Gregory Porter, Ravi Coltrane, Nils Landgren, Madeleine Peyroux, Avishai Cohen, Walter Smith III with the Eric Harland Quintet, John Surman and Vijay Iyer. Set across four venues in the picturesque cathedral town of Coutances, south of Cherbourg, the week-long event also features free music in the square and activities across the town, including "Jazz walking with cider", a field-walk that encompasses Regnéville-sur-mer castle and ends with a cider-tasting. More details and tickets at jazzsouslespommiers.com

Nigel Hitchcock comes home to southern England and "romantic, groovy tunes his mum would like"; Allison Neale digs Dave Cliff and says "playing with musicians that swing is the best thing in the world"; Rudresh Mahanthappa strives to enter the spaces between the 12 tones - not easy given the tightly packed keywork of the saxophone

Ruby Braff's personality defended; the "truly brilliant" Bristol jazz festival; Getz's 1962 Jazz Samba vs. Shank/Almeida's 1953 Brazilliance; BBC R4 muffs up its Hodges and Prez examples in The Devil's Horn (and plays what sounds like muted Miles c. '59 behind its 1941-focused society jazz documentary Swinging Into The Blitz); the interesting correspondence between Jazz FM's award-winners and judging panel . . . and more

The new musical currents of the 1960s led to a flowering of British jazz composing talent. Dave Gelly remembers the "outstanding one of the lot"

Brian Morton talks to the unassuming trumpeter who has probably crept into your musical consciousness whether you know it or not

Trad Dads; Edinburgh Jazz Enlightenment; Lonnie Donegan; Historical Dictionary Of Jazz; A Natural History Of The Piano; Roots Of Modern Jazz Vol 21; Inge Brandenburg; Hiromi Live In Marciac

Richard Palmer challenges the received wisdom on jazz piano. Part 8: Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell

Donald Byrd, trumpeter and Art Blakey sideman who controversially moved into jazz crossover in the 1970s; Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux festival, and early master of "jazz-related" festival programming; Butch Morris, inventor of "conduction", a method of bringing structure to free improvisation via hand signals; Charles Chilton, creator of BBC Radio Rhythm Club; Eric Hobsbawm, Marxist for whom jazz was intimately related to social inequality; Ken Vail, jazz chronicler whose books were valuable collections of jazz information

Bob Weir reports on a new and completely shipshape festival (Bristol) that deserves to run and run. Derek Ansell catches Simon Spillett on the other side of the inkwell

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 reviewed
Atzmon, Gilad & The Orient House Ensemble: Songs Of The Metropolis (World Village WVUK 04)
Battaglia, Stefano: Songways (ECM 372 4554)
Blake, Seamus: Live At Smalls (Smalls Live SL-0008)
Carrington, Terri Lyne: Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue (Concord Jazz CJA3402602)
Carroll, Liane: Ballads (Quiet Money QMR0002CD)
Chambr: Freewheel (F-IRECD61)
Celea, Jean-Paul: Yes Ornette! (Out Note OTN 016)
Cookers, The: Believe (Motéma 233644)
Lockheart, Mark: Ellington In Anticipation     (Subtone ST802)
Lockrane, Gareth: The Strut (Whirlwind WR 4627)
Mitchell, Robert: The Glimpse (Whirlwind WR4630)
Muthspiel, Wolfgang: Vienna Naked (Material MRE035)
Opus 5: Pentasonic (Criss Cross 1351)
Potter, Chris: The Sirens (ECM 279 4579)
Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In The Spirit Of Duke (Spartacus STS017)
Shorter, Wayne: Without A Net (Blue Note 79516)
Wheeler, Kenny/Norma Winstone: Mirrors (Edition EDN1038)

Reissues reviewed
Ardley, Neil: A Symphony Of Amaranths (Dusk Fire CD107)
Benson, George: Beyond The Blue Horizon (CTI 6009, vinyl)
Brandenburg, Inge: Sing! Inge, Sing! (Silver Spot 1036002SSR)
Brown, Clifford/Max Roach: Emarcy Albums (Mosaic 3004)
Brubeck, Dave: Bossa Nova U.S.A. (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55578)
Byas, Don: The Complete 1946-1954 Paris Recordings (Solid Jazz 36635)
Cobham, Billy: Original Album Series (Warner 8122-79692-1)
Davis, Eddie "Lockjaw"/Johnny Griffin: The Complete Sessions (Jazz Dynamics 001)
Davis, Miles: Quiet Nights + Sketches Of Spain (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55573)
Davis, Miles: Live In Europe 1969 The Bootleg Series Vol.2 (Columbia/Legacy 88725 41853 2)
Davis, Miles/John Coltrane: Live In Zurich (In Crowd 996683)
Donaldson, Lou: Cool Blues (Groove Hut GH 66716)
Ellington, Duke: Ellington Jazz Party (FiveFour 34)
Ellington, Duke: Meets John Coltrane & Coleman Hawkins (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 749)
Farmer, Art/Benny Golson: Here And Now/Another Git Together/The Jazztet & John Lewis (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 755)
Friedman, Don: A Day In The City/Circle Waltz (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 760)
Getz, Stan: Desafinado (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 753)
Gillespie, Dizzy: Dizzy On The French Riviera + New Wave! (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55575)
Golson, Benny: Turning Point/Free (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 750)
Hawkins, Coleman: Alive! At The Village Gate 1962 (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 756)
Hawkins, Coleman: Desafinado + Bluesy Burrell (Master Jazz MJR 8892861)
Hawkins, Coleman/Horace Silver: Complete Birdland Broadcasts New York September 1952 (Solid Jazz 36630)
Hayes, Tubby: Little Giant Steps (Properbox 176)
Jazz Crusaders, The: Freedom Sound & Lookin' Ahead (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 751)
Lewis, Ramsey: In Chicago (Phoenix Records 131562)
Lyttelton, Humphrey/Wally Fawkes Troglodytes: Rent Party (Lake LACD315)
Mann, Herbie: Do The Bossa Nova: Complete Brazilian Sessions (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 752)
McCann, Les: Plays The Shampoo At The Village Gate (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 754)
McCann, Les: Sings & Pretty Lady (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 757)
O'Day, Anita: Anita O'Day & The Three Sounds With Gene Harris + Time For 2 With Cal Tjader (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55559)
Pepper, Art: "Smack Up" (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55556)
Peterson, Oscar/Ray Brown/Cannonball Adderley: Bursting Out/Ray Brown With The All-Star Big Band (Essential Jazz Classics EJC55580)
Ponty, Jean-Luc: Original Album Series (Warner 8122-79692-0)
Rollins, Sonny: The Bridge, Complete 1962 Sessions (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 748)
Schrifin, Lalo: My Life In Music (Aleph 047)
Shank, Bud/Clare Fischer: Bossa Nova Jazz Samba + Brasamba! (Solar 4569934)
Sun Ra: Supersonic Jazz (Solar 4569933)
Teagarden, Jack: Chicago And All That Jazz! (Phoenix 131568)
Wilson, Gerald: You Better Believe It! + Moment Of Truth (Fresh Sound FSR-CD 759)

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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:

March 2013: Wayne Shorter, Big Jay McNeely; Mark Lockheart; Jazz Samba 50th anniversary; Dan Kildare
February 2013: Gilad Atzmon, Bob Belden, Tori Freestone, Readers' Poll 2012, Bennie Green, Beverly Kenney
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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