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This year’s Ystad, Sweden festival boasts a spectacular parade of local and international jazz talent, including Abdullah Ibrahim, John Scofield, Joshua Redman, Diane Schuur, Charles Lloyd, Enrico Rava, Marilyn Mazur. The festival, directed by pianist Jan Lundgren and now in its fifth year, has offered a progressively more colourful and distinguished programme of leading names from across the jazz spectrum despite receiving minimal public funding and relying on the sterling efforts of volunteer workers – in contrast to other fully staffed and funded events across Scandinavia. You can get more details on Ystad 2014 here and from +46(0)411–57 76 81 . . . The fifth Titley Jazz Festival runs 25 to 27 July with 14 bands across three days. The popular, unsubsidised event, initiated and directed by David Masters, takes place in the Rodd Estate, near Presteigne, Powys. Among those billed are Alan Barnes, Peter King/Dick Pearce, Steve Waterman, Anita Wardell, Clark Tracey, Jim Mullen, Art Themen, Don Weller, NYJO and Enrico Tomasso. On-site parking and camping is available, plus hot and cold food, 30 different real ales and a cider bar. More detail and booking at titleyjazz.com or call 01544 260119 . . . This spring’s Croydon Record Fair takes place at Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon on 27 April from 9.15 to 4.00. Bar and cafeteria are available and music comes from Roy Williams (tb), Ted Beament (p), Jonty Fisher (b) and Paul Cavaciuti (d). Enquiries: 01256 462218/0794 204 0779 or email . . . Bucky Pizzarelli has had to pull out of the Norwich Jazz Party but Howard Alden steps in. NJP tickets are still available from 01603 620287 or 07541663507 or email . . . The inaugural BBC Young Musician Jazz Award was won by 17-year-old Darlington-born saxophonist Alexander Bone, reports Nigel Jarrett. Bone, aged 17, competed against four other musicians. The youngest was 13-year-old altoist Sean Payne and the oldest, at 18, was another altoist, Londoner Tom Smith. Bass player Freddie Jensen, aged 14, and trumpeter Jake Labazzi, aged 16, provided stiff competition. Each finalist performed a 20-minute set with the Gwilym Simcock Trio before adjudicators Django Bates, Jason Yarde, Trish Clowes and chairman Julian Joseph decided on the winner. The final will be broadcast on BBC Four on Friday 23 May 2014 as part of a season of jazz programming . . . JJ photographer Brian O’Connor has an exhibition of his jazz photos from 8 April to 30 May at The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset . . . The National Jazz Archive holds a Jazz Jamboree at Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, 30-31 May, with the Alan Gresty-Brian White Ragtimers and the Kenny Ball Jazzmen, led by Keith Ball. Tickets from 020 8502 8988 or leave a message on 020 8502 4701 or email . . . Django Bates is scoring Titus Andronicus for the Globe Theatre this summer . . . Sonny Rollins has signed to the OKeh label, first issue to be Road Shows, Vol. 3, in May 2014 . . . The It’s All About Piano festival at the French Institute in South Kensington (4-6 April) includes the jazz pianists Bojan Z and Jacky Terrasson . . . Foyles bookshop continues to present jazz free of charge in its café, more details at www.foyles.co.uk . . . the pianist Hiromi brings her trio to Cadogan Hall, London 13-15 April. Box office: 020 7730 4500.

Ahead of his appearance at the 2014 Norwich Jazz Party, the renowned Japanese swing clarinettist tells his story to JJ’s man in Japan, Randy L. Smith, recalling episodes with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Buddy DeFranco, Woody Herman and more

There’s a distinct spirituality behind the music of this month’s subjects, Jason Rebello, Herlin Riley and Peter James. Could it be that jazz is more than an intriguing set of audio algorithms designed to titivate the cerebral cortex?

Contemporary flops; web radio; Les Tomkins at Ronnie’s; defending Loussier; analogue v. digital

Dave Gelly fears that the proliferation and easy accessibility of jazz on the Internet has led to a failure of musical commitment

While saluting Esbjörn Svensson and a world of European potential, Alan Luff wonders if Ahmad Jamal hasn’t taken jazz piano as we know it about as far as it might go


The British pianist has been swinging robustly in a mainstream way since the 1980s. Nothing much has changed but he’s particularly enjoying working with singers, as he tells Bruce Lindsay

Sammy Rimington – A Life In Pictures; Kansas City Lightning – The Rise And Times Of Charlie Parker; Being Here – Conversations On Creating Music; Roll With It – Brass Bands In The Streets Of New Orleans

Part 5: Performance demeanour and “men in suits”. Dave Jones continues his series on jazz and classical music

Who’s in the band behind Superdrug's Santa? Bob Weir needs answers

Alice Babs; Yusef Lateef; Jim Hall; Dwayne Burno

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 April 2014, including excerpts.

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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 2014: Ronnie Cuber; Alec Dankworth; Jamie Baum; Dianne Reeves; Preservation Hall; Classical Tinge, part 4
February 2014: Jan Lundgren; Derek Nash; Denny Zeitlin; Verneri Pohjola; Lake Records; Classical Tinge, part 3
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; Classical Tinge, part 2
November 2013: Alan Broadbent; Marc Parnell; Ted Beament; Fresh Sound; 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; Michael Janisch; How To Write About Jazz
December 2009: Michael Janisch; Vanguard Orchestra; Karen Sharp; Gene Krupa; Mark Ramsden
November 2009: ECM At 40; 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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