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ON THE BEAT
Pianist Herbie Hancock has been appointed Harvard’s 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry, and will deliver six lectures this spring on “The Ethics of Jazz”. The Charles Eliot Norton Professorship, founded in 1925, aims to interrogate poetry “in the broadest sense, including all poetic expression in language, music, or fine arts.” Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center which is hosting the lectures, says: “It is a great privilege to welcome Herbie Hancock as the Norton Professor. It would be no exaggeration to say that he has defined cultural innovation in each decade of the last half-century.” Hancock’s lectures will be on “The Wisdom of Miles Davis”, “Breaking the Rules”, “Cultural Diplomacy and the Voice of Freedom”, “Innovation and New Technologies”, “Buddhism and Creativity”, and “Once Upon a Time”. They will take place from 3 February to 31 March at Sanders Theatre, Harvard University at 4pm. More details here . . . Thanks to John Robert Brown for alerting us to two jazz winners in the 2014 New Year Honours list: MBEs went to John Ruddick of the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra for services to jazz and to Nick Fogg for services to the Marlborough International Jazz Festival and to the community in Marlborough. We missed last year’s gonging-ons but Ronnie Scott would no doubt have been delighted to note that Sheila Hatcher, Pipe Major of the Dagenham Girl Pipers was then awarded a British Empire Medal for services to music. In these musically pluralist days, perhaps the DGP will finally appear in Frith St . . . The ninth annual jazz business convention Jazzahead! takes place in Bremen 24-27 April, with light relief from musicians including Phronesis, Charnett Moffett, Marc Cary and Tingvall Trio. More on the convention at jazzahead.de . . . The Open University and the Royal College of Music are to spend £750,000 conferred by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to create a database which it is hoped will provide “a better understanding of how, when and where people listen to music and the effect it has had on them”. Consumers of music (i.e., readers – critics are not invited) can contribute at led.kmi.open.ac.uk . . . The British Council and the PRS for Music Foundation are paying about £20k for clarinettist Arun Ghosh (“UK pioneer of the modern Indo Jazz sound”) and Ulster bandleader Sid Peacock to spend up to six weeks working in China this spring. The British Council say that for “every £1 of taxpayer money invested we earn £2.65 in additional income.”

JAN LUNDGREN
Ahead of the fifth Ystad festival the pianist turned impresario talks to Mark Gilbert about his vision for the event and his own musical experiences

PROFILES
Denny Zeitlin, thinking-man’s jazz pianist; Tommy James, who says Duke’s music has been thought about too much; and Finnish newcomer Verneri Pohjola, who thinks a lot of Roy Eldridge

LETTERS
Local jazz clubs; BBC Big Band; star-ratings; Clare Fischer; Classical Tinge

DEREK NASH
Never mind doubling on the saxes, Derek Nash mans the mixing desk too, as Bruce Lindsay finds out

ANEC-DOTAGE

Alan Luff welcomes a new year of possibilities as academies churn ’em out 13 to the dozen

LABEL DOSSIER #4: LAKE RECORDS
The evidence suggests no imprint has done more to make British traditional jazz available on record

BOOK REVIEWS
Verve: The Sound Of America; Craig Milverton Discography; Red Groove: Jazz Writing From The Morning Star; The Chronicle Of Jazz; Paramount Piano 1923-1932; Sounds Like London: 100 Years Of Black Music In The Capital; Roots Of Modern Jazz: The Bebop Era Vol. 22

THE CLASSICAL TINGE
Part 3: Basso continuo, rhythm sections and Real Books. Dave Jones continues his series on jazz and classical music

JAZZ INFORMATION
Bob Weir brings more jazz mysteries under the microscope

OBITUARIES
Stan Tracey; Butch Warren; Herb Geller; Chris Sheridan; Gloria Lynne

RECORD REVIEWS

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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:

January 2014: Scott Henderson; Critics' Poll 2013; Robert Fowler; Martin Speake; Jeff Lorber; Tommy Whittle
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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