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Norwich Jazz Party
returns in 2014 with its eighth weekend of mainstream jazz, 3-5 May. The party will play host to nearly 30 musicians including regulars such as Jacob Fischer, Scott Hamilton and Duke Heitger, as well as 84-year-old Japanese clarinettist Eiji Kitamura, who will make the trip from Tokyo to Norwich especially to play at the festival . . . The second Liverpool International Jazz Festival takes place 27 February to 2 March 2014, featuring Jason Rebello, The Impossible Gentlemen, Get The Blessing, Stuart McCallum and more . . . New research presented at Neuroscience 2013 in San Diego in November has shed light on the systemic benefits of jazz improvisation, showing how it enhances connectivity between major regions of the brain . . . Andy Hamilton writes to say that saxophonist Arthur Blythe’s Parkinson’s Disease has worsened and to alert readers to a donation site for AB’s medical expenses: gusttsilis.com/arthurblythe/ . . . Sinatra Select, a special whiskey created by distiller Jack Daniel’s to reflect Frank Sinatra’s fondness for the snort is to be made available in selected US cities this year . . . John Robert Brown reports that Spectator Life of 21 September had a piece about Savile Row tailor H. Huntsman who made suits for Clark Gable, Bing Crosby and Benny Goodman. A picture shows patterns clipped to the wall, one bunch with Goodman’s name on them. It doesn’t say how many of today’s jazz players spend their fortunes in Savile Row . . . Jazzify is an app from X5 Music that's designed to help you find jazz at spotify.com. It follows in the footsteps of Classify and Bluesify and aims to make the discovery of new music in an “often challenging genre easy and enjoyable” X5 CEO Scott Reilly discusses . . . Jazz North East, presenters of jazz in Newcastle since 1966, have lost their Arts Council grant and ask people to crowd-fund them at indiegogo.com. £9000 will allow JNE to put on three gigs a month Jan-July 2014 while they seek a more secure position . . . Jazz-ska-reggae quartet Sons Of Kemet won Best Jazz Act in the 18th MOBO awards on 19 October . . . Wynton Marsalis has been appointed director of jazz studies at Juilliard School of Music, the institution Miles Davis quit in the 1940s to find multiple new directions in music.

Ahead of her appearance on the StarVista Mediterranean cruise next autumn the singer talks in an unpublished archive interview about inspirations, from Bill Evans to Elton John

Pete Cater follows in the footsteps of Buddy Rich et al; trumpeter Arve Henriksen nods to Nils Petter Molvaer and Jon Hassell; multi-instrumentalist Charlotte Glasson might well be able to play them all

Classical & jazz; Ellington - composer?; Radio 2 big-band cuts; jazz to join literary society, live in libraries?

Brian Morton investigates a new CD series from German radio station NDR that mixes big US names with often disparate European workshop groupings


Alan Luff slips into a Yuletide reverie

The Italian-American saxophonist was sometimes derided by bop purists, but Gordon Jack remembers him as an “unsung giant of the tenor”

Bruce Lindsay hears tales from the well-travelled drummer who played with Benny Goodman, Al Cohn, Bucky Pizzarelli and more

Bach, Bud, preludes and Pieranunzi: Dave Jones continues his series on the relationship between classical music and jazz


Cross-border access to Gibraltar may have been limited lately but Sally Evans-Darby finds jazz unbounded on the occasion of the Rock’s second jazz festival

Bob Weir takes down the particulars

Frank Wess
, credited with making the flute a front-line instrument in jazz; Albert Murray, writer who promoted the notion of music as metaphor; Lindsay Cooper, bassoon and oboe player who produced music with real political passion; Vic Bellerby, JJ writer and Duke Ellington specialist; Bernie McGann, Australian saxophonist obscured from deserved international view by his location


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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:

November 2013: Alan Broadbent; Marc Parnell; Ted Beament; Fresh Sound; The Classical Tinge, part 1 
October 2013: Stacey Kent; Tina May; Cécile McLorin Salvant; Does Jazz Change The World?; Dizzy Reece
September 2013: Ahmad Jamal; Digby Fairweather; Soweto Kinch; Asaf Sirkis; 10 Things Jazz Should Do Without
August 2013: Stan Tracey; Sue Richardson, Huw Warren; Spike Wilner; Jack McDuff; Chicago now
July 2013: Pat Martino; Gene Quill; Shabaka Hutchings; Eddie Palmieri; Don Weller; Mulgrew Miller
June 2013: Michael Camilo; The Flop 10; Gwilym Simcock; Tubby Hayes; Slim Gaillard makes parliament
May 2013: John Critchinson; Brew Moore; Jamming The Blitz; Branford Marsalis; Larry Stabbins; Sophie Alloway
April 2013: Kenny Wheeler; Nigel Hitchcock; Rudresh Mahanthappa; Neil Ardley; Bristol jazz festival
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: 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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