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ON THE BEAT
Jazz is classy, right? It’s been many years since it graduated from spit, sawdust, smoke, cellars, pig feet and beer into the concert hall. We’re all clear now it’s one of the higher art forms – or least are often enough told so. However, recent research suggests jazz may not be quite so hifalutin as we’re led to believe. Exponential, a global provider of digital advertising intelligence, analysed the online behaviour of 6.4 million Britons to monitor other interests among eight types of music fan. Jazz fans were found to have a taste for expensive cars, especially the Mercedes E350, but to be less picky about food. Describing them as “culture vultures”, the report found jazz fans to be 49 times more likely than the average person online to be researching fast food . . . After attracting an audience of around 6,000 in its inaugural year, Bristol jazz festival is back for a second round, 7-9 March. The 2014 event will again feature ticketed and fringe music throughout the weekend in Colston’s Hall’s two auditoriums and foyer . . . The 10th anniversary of the annual Gateshead International Jazz Festival (4-6 April 2014) takes America as its inspiration, with headlining names including Oregon-born bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and Texan pianist Robert Glasper . . . Ascenseur pour l’échafaud, the 1958 Louis Malle film to which Miles Davis rather romantically improvised the soundtrack, is to show from 7 February at BFI Southbank, Curzon Renoir and selected cinemas nationwide. The film has never had a nationwide cinema release, but details of participating cinemas will be posted at bfi.org.uk/releases . . . John Robert Brown reports that a Coltrane-themed watch was on sale in Spectator Life in November for £1350 – Out Of This World, as Trane might have said . . . JJ pollwinner Ahmad Jamal tips his skull cap to us with two UK dates this month, at Dublin Vicar Street (24th) and London RFH (27th) . . . The signed Yamaha C3 piano on which the young Michel Petruccianni learned his first chords was auctioned on 12 December, achieving a price of €36000.

SCOTT HENDERSON
Mark Gilbert talks to a guitarist who possibly arrived where Wes Montgomery, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John McLaughlin and Jimi Hendrix were collectively heading

PROFILES
Saxophonist Robert Fowler, graphics student who graduated to designs in sound with Humph, Bryan Ferry and his own Mulligan CJB project; saxophonist Martin Speake, Parker-Konitz hybrid who added nutritional therapy and world music to his repertoire; keyboard-man and composer Jeff Lorber, master of one of the most literal but often most overlooked hybrids in the book

LETTERS
Hans Koller & NDR; Bill Evans on BBC R3; BBC, jazz and pop; OSL, a wonderful outlet

LOVE YOU MADLY
"Or how I learnt to despise my fellow musicians" - John Altman points out that mud slinging among musicians didn’t begin with Facebook

ANEC-DOTAGE

Alan Luff was delighted that BBC R3 closed the year with a superb series on Bruce Forsyth’s favourite pianist

CRITICS' POLL 2013
Jazz Journal’s critics recommend their best listening from 2013. Among the winners, Ahmad Jamal, Gilad Atzmon, Wayne Shorter, Clifford Brown and Woody Shaw

TOMMY WHITTLE
The Sound of Three Score and Ten: Simon Spillett remembers the late saxophonist in a final interview touching on idealism, commercialism and ageism

OBITUARIES
Lou Colombo; Ronald Shannon Jackson (Stan Tracey will follow in February)

RECORD REVIEWS

JJ offers unrivalled coverage of recorded jazz, carrying more than 20,000 words of expert comment and discography on jazz across the board in every issue. See a complete list of CDs reviewed in JJ January 2014, including excerpts.

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BACK COPIES

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 2013: Diana Krall; Arve Henriksen; Charlie Ventura; Chuck Riggs; The Classical Tinge, part 2
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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