Michael Janisch Brian Morton shoots the breeze with the American bassist and label boss who has brought a new dynamic to the British scene

Profiles Pianist Myra Melford mixes the free, the romantic and the groovy; singer Pepi Lemer returns to jazz after consulting to the stars; Juliet Kelly takes a leaf out of the novelist’s book for inspiration

John Abercrombie Nic Jones considers a gentle giant of the guitar, subject of a new three-CD retrospective on ECM

Nellie Lutcher Bruce Crowther remembers the swinging pianist who played with Ma Rainey at 12 and succeeded in Britain via Jack Jackson’s BBC radio show Record Round Up

Book & DVD Reviews Books: Charles Lloyd: A Wild, Blatant Truth // Out Of Nowhere – The Uniquely Elusive Jazz Of Mike Taylor // DVD: Jazz On A Summer’s Day // Whiplash

Anec-dotage In search of new giants, Alan Luff settles for now for Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday

Obituaries Liz Grönlund; Masabumi Kikuchi; Steve Lane; Tony Milliner; Dave Pike; Hugo Rasmussen; Don Rendell

Record reviews We review 71 CDs of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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Review: Belgrade and Pancevo Festivals

Two Serbian jazz festivals impress Bob Weir with their operational effficiency, outstanding programmes and low admission prices

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LJF 2015: Hiromi

Hiromi's fierce display of two-handed piano virtuosity gave Barry Witherden a sense of exhilaration that carried over into the post-concert buzz

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Review: NYJO Swing Band at The Hoste

The NYJO Swing Band mixed enthusiastic and creative performance with a varied and often surprising setlist to give Bruce Lindsay a great night out

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LJF 2015: ECM artists

John Watson saw a host of artists associated with ECM, the controversial German imprint once dubbed 'the jazz label for those that don't like jazz'

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LJF 2015: The Jazz Repertory Company

The Jazz Repertory Company's Bix, Bing And Rhapsody In Blue celebrates Paul Whiteman and fulfils John Watson's every expectation

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Preview: Saga's jazz holidays

Saga Holidays announce four jazz-themed special interest vacations across Europe, with live jazz, specialist talks and excursions

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Preview: BBC R3 Northern Lights Season

Nordic jazz from Jan Garbarek to Verneri Pohjola is part of the BBC's exploration and celebration of music and culture 60 degrees north of the equator

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LJF 2015: Ron McCurdy/Ice-T

Ron McCurdy's Langston Hughes Project proved to be balm to the ears of Garry Booth, in its combination of jazz tradition and rapper Ice-T's modern edge

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Jazz Journal Calendar 2016

The Jazz Journal Calendar 2016 makes the ideal Christmas jazz gift and is available to pre-order now with a personalised greetings card

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LJF 2015: James Farm; Dans Les Arbres; Cassandra Wilson

Andy Hamilton witnesses wild enthusiasm, alluring improvisation, and a slow handclap for a missing singer

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Preview: South Coast Jazz Festival

The second South Coast Jazz Festival brings another strong line-up from the British jazz scene to the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea

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LJF 2015: Marcin Wasilewski Trio

The Marcin Wasilewski Trio, with Joakim Milder, were marvellously melodic, playing Wasilewski's originals and transforming Herbie Hancock, says John Watson

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LJF 2015: McCormack and Yarde

Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde, plus guests, impress John Watson with inspired duo work and a first for the Pizza Express Jazz Club

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Review: EFG London Jazz Festival Launch

The EFG London Jazz Festival's launch at Ronnie Scott's proved to be an enjoyable taster for the forthcoming programme, according to John Watson

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Review: Tampere Jazz Happening

The Finnish festival of contemporary jazz surprises and pleases Dave Foxall, who spots a tuba theme among the music, spoken word, poetry and rap

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Kenny gets blue

The one-time home of drummer Kenny Clare in Waltham Forest has been decorated with a blue plaque in recognition of his role in British jazz

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Preview: Heads South heads out on tour

Latin jazz quintet Heads South, featuring trumpeter Steve Waterman, is set for a 10-date tour of England in the new year

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Chicken feed: Parker's pad for $9.25m

A nineteenth-century townhouse in New York's Alphabet City, the garden floor of which was once Bird's home, is on the market for around 6 million

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Preview: Jazz On A Winter's Weekend

Southport's Jazz On A Winter's Weekend returns for the 12th time, with a programme of contemporary jazz from an international array of performers

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Preview: Helsinki We Jazz & Tampere Jazz

From a rolling tram to a former customs house, from Vijay Iyer to Ginger Baker, Wif Stenger previews two major jazz events in Finland this autumn


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