Jazz Journal, August 2014 in brief

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JJ OFC 0814 coverlinkKent hasn’t been oversupplied with jazz festivals in recent times, so the Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival is a welcome addition to the UK festival calendar. Now in its third year, it takes place from Thursday 21 to Monday 25 August on indoor and outdoor stages in the picturesque town of Rye, with easy access from all parts of the south-east. Among the headliners are Jason Rebello (with his quartet featuring Joy Rose), Claire Martin (who has a new album out on Linn and appears at Rye with Joe Stilgoe), the Simon Spillett quartet (with John Critchinson, Alec Dankworth and Trevor Tomkins) and Derek Nash of Sax Appeal and Protect The Beat . . . The New York street where Miles Davis owned a brownstone house for some years was named Miles Davis Way on 26 May, the day that would have been the trumpeter’s 88th birthday. Davis owned 312 W. 77th St. The same location features in the forthcoming Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, in which Davis will be played by Don Cheadle. The film centres on Miles’s return to music in 1979 after a five-year hiatus, the so-called “silent period”. More at insidemovies.ew.com . . . The 23rd Chichester International Film Festival honours Stan Tracey on 20 August (20.15 start) with a showing of Stan Tracey: Godfather Of Jazz and a live performance of Under Milk Wood by Bobby Wellins, Steve Melling, Andy Cleyndert and Clark Tracey with narration by Stan’s grandson Ben Tracey. More from the box office on 01243 786650 or chichestercinema.org . . . Highgate Jazz with Soul Festival runs over the bank holiday weekend 22-25 August across five venues with performers including Brandon Allen, James Tormé, Alex Garnett, Arnie Somogyi and Jean Toussaint. More at brandonallen.co.uk . . . Laurie Burnette has founded a new online jazz radio station at jazzlondonradio.com with a playlist that has included Charles Earland, Don Pullen, Horace Silver, Bob Mintzer, Steve Khan and Andrea Vicari.

He declines to enter the bass race, saying "Since I started out I’ve been pitted against three, four, five different bass players that supposedly I’m battling with, like I’m a damn boxer or something." But who doesn’t see him, along with Jaco Pastorius, as one of the twin peaks of the electric instrument’s modern history? Interview by David West

Trumpeter Steve Fishwick and drummer Cindy Blackman Santana take inspiration from great instrumentalists – Kenny Dorham and Tony Williams respectively; saxophonist Adam Waldmann of Kairos 4tet is lately interested in blending the instrumental with the lyrical and vocal

British jazz in books; Les Tomkins' Ronnie Scott's archive; "folk-jazz"; Proper Puzzler winners

Steve Voce revisits Kingley Amis’s reports of jazz japes at Oxford, sees Sonny Greer ribbed by Duke Ellington and looks forward to going into the hot

Bruce Crowther reports on the veteran guitarist, sometime tutor to Bill Frisell, who has consistently disproved the idea that those who can, do and those who can’t, teach

Dave Gelly misses the tunes in the BBC’s first Young Musician jazz award, recalls ballads not blues from Lonnie Johnson in 1952 and wonders what happened to that British modern jazz website

Part two: the legendary trumpeter has his say on music from Woody Shaw, Tomasz Stanko, Ornette Coleman, Duke Pearson, Chet Baker, Till Brönner, Ruby Braff and Nils Petter Molvaer

Sidney Bechet, My Father; Arnold Ross 1939-1952: Roots Of Modern Jazz Volume 23; Minor Is Major; Stories Of The Road

Part 7: Thirds and Fourths. Dave Jones continues his series on the relationship between classical music and jazz, with reference this time to Brubeck, Bartók, Stravinsky, Tyner and others

Bob Weir chairs another exacting session of discographical enquiry

Horace Silver, one of the founders of hard bop; Frank Strazzeri, West Coast piano melodist and, with Elvis, karate aficionado; Jimmy Scott, singer rendered distinctive by a genetic disorder; Russ Connor, Benny Goodman discographer with a human touch

In the wake of Horace Silver’s passing Alan Luff remembers two other jazz innovators overlooked in their heyday by the mainstream press

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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:

July 2014: Ehud Asherie; Jack Honeyborne; Alexander Bone; Curtis Stigers; Don Fagerquist; Joe Wilder
June 2014: Swedish folk-jazz; James Pearson; Pedro Segundo; Randy Brecker; Spike Heatley; Liane Carroll
May 2014: Tim Garland; Gregory Porter; Mike Henry; Dan Barrett; Pee Wee Russell; Dick Twardzik
April 2014: Eiji Kitamura; Jason Rebello, Herlin Riley, Dave Newton, Yusef Lateef, Jim Hall, Alice Babs
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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