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It’s a sign of the burgeoning academic currency of jazz that this year the EFG London Jazz Festival has added Professor George Mackay to its lineup. He isn’t a professor of music but of media studies and has “curated” for the LJF a set of discussions on politics, power and history. (In fact he says “discussions around questions of politics, power and history” but we know what he means.) People who enjoy jazz might wonder why. He says: “For a music that talks a lot about freedom, these are key questions to debate.” He should know because he had a head start back when the idea that jazz means freedom was taking off. According to his website he was in the womb when his mum and dad, rather than joining the rush to the exit, moved to the more expensive seats emptied by what he calls the “cacophony” of the Coltrane quintet in Glasgow in 1961. One might imagine Philip Larkin among the exodus, perhaps vacating one of those very seats. About a decade later he wrote This Be The Verse, with its melancholy observations about parenting and the propagation of misery.


Jazz players might be rugged, energetic individualists epitomising the spirit of free enterprise, but last month New York City Council passed a resolution to help them plan early for retirement. The resolution followed lobbying by Justice for Jazz Artists, a campaign launched by the New York musicians’ union and including bass player Bob Cranshaw and trumpeter Jimmy Owens among its protagonists. After describing jazz as “an esteemed American art form” that has “helped create the soundtrack of American history” and New York City as “an international jazz mecca”, the resolution says that while Broadway and symphony musicians are protected by union contracts, jazz players have “no guarantee of fair payment and receive no pension, health contributions or state statutory benefits” and that “many of the men and women who sustain this great American music are forced to retire with no income to fall back on in their later years.” Council member Corey Johnson said: “The resolution [. . .] will hopefully get jazz club operators to negotiate with musicians that keep their club doors open and their pockets lined.” Union representative John O’Connor said: “It is up to the clubs to do the right thing, and meet with the musicians who have made them millions of dollars over the years.” No statement was available on the economic feasibility for the city’s jazz clubs of the campaign’s proposals. The full text of the resolution can be downloaded here . . . Among the highlights at Ronnie Scott’s this month are Bill Evans And His Soulgrass Band, in which the former Miles Davis saxophonist is joined by banjoist Ryan Cavanaugh, guitarist Mitch Stein plus bass and drums in a fusion of soul-jazz and Americana (3 November), the Vincent Herring/Jeremy Pelt Quintet (10 Nov), guitarist Wayne Krantz with bassist Nate Wood and drummer Keith Carlock (12 Nov), bassist Stanley Clarke with the remarkable 18-year-old Georgian pianist Beka Gochiashvili, keyboardist Cameron Graves and drummer Michael Mitchell (13 Nov), the Steve Swallow/Carla Bley Quintet with tenorist Chris Cheek, guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Jorge Rossy (17 Nov), former Headhunters drummer Harvey Mason with bassist Ernest Tibbs, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and keyboardist Mark De Clive (19 Nov), trumpeter Roy Hargrove with saxophonist Justin Robinson, pianist Sullivan Fortner, bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Quincy Phillips (21-22 Nov), former Miles Davis and Headhunters reedman Bennie Maupin with guitarist Carl Orr, bassist Larry Bartley and drummer Rod Youngs (24 Nov), and bluesman John Mayall on his 80th birthday tour (25-26 Nov). More details at ronniescotts.co.uk. Box office: 020 7439 0747.

Mark Gilbert asks what’s behind the reedman’s animated onstage persona – calculated choreography or spontaneous combustion?

Singer and composer Charlie Wood; swing repertory drummer Richard Pite; Headhunters drummer Mike Clark

Coltrane & Dolphy in Glasow 1961; Jack Lewis, producer of The Jazz Soul Of Porgy And Bess; Monk's blues; Jack Parnell

John Robert Brown considers players who made a mark away from the bandstand. This month: Wally Fawkes, cartoonist

Steve Voce recalls Freddy Randall, Roy Crimmins and Humph and recounts the story of the BBC and the Newport tapes

A century after Sun Ra’s “manifestation”, Brian Morton says the music of the man from Saturn wasn’t always out there and even when it appeared so it had a timeless message we can all relate to

Part 10: Black Market, Minimalism, Metheny and Mays. Dave Jones continues his series on the relationship between classical music and jazz

Dave Gelly enjoys a new assessment of Philip Larkin, welcomes back that British modern jazz site and thanks Scott Hamilton for providing more live saxophonic pleasure than anyone since Zoot Sims

An Approach To Comping: The Essentials; The Evolution Of Mann: Herbie Mann And The Flute In Jazz; Different Every Time (biography of Robert Wyatt); The Harmony Of Dave Brubeck; The Ivory Men: Black Bob & Blind John 1932-1942

Kenny Wheeler; Idris Muhammad; Gerald Wilson; Roy Crimmins


The death of Kenny Wheeler prompts Alan Luff to remember other trumpet players, in particular Bunny Berigan

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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:

October 2014: Jimmy Giuffre; Charles Tolliver; Dylan Howe; Al Cohn; Classical Tinge, part 9; Kathy Stobart
September 2014: Anat Cohen; Kristin Korb; Jack Parnell; Gary McFarland; Classical Tinge, part 8; festival reviews
August 2014: Stanley Clarke; Steve Fishwick; Cindy Blackman; Randy Brecker pt2; Horace Silver; Dale Bruning
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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