JULY 2016

Billy Cobham The less charitable (or tin-eared) might want to draw unfavourable parallels between the Cobham’s martial beginnings and the firm beat of fusion but jazz subtleties have informed the drummer’s richly detailed playing since the 1960s, as David West finds out

Profiles Trumpeter Gabriel Garrick and reedman James Evans are set on fire by New Orleans; singer Barb Jungr settles for Dylan, Simone and Bowie

You couldn't make it up Monk on Riverside, or jazz is where you find it, or how I stopped worrying and learned to love the avant-garde, by Simon Spillett

Dave Schildkraut
Gordon Jack traces a potentially stellar career marked by what seem to be deliberately ignored possibilities

Book & DVD Reviews Book: Whisper Not DVDs: George Shearing // Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise // Punkt – Three Films By Guillaume Dero

Alan Broadbent My Instruments – the pianist tells Bruce Lindsay of a touring life at the mercy of petulant pianos

Obituaries Eddie Cook; Buster Cooper; Doug Raney; Jeremy Steig; Joe Temperley

Record reviews
We review 91 CDs of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

Click for more

Editor: Mark Gilbert 
Email: editor@jazzjournal.co.uk

Subscriptions and sales:
Tel: +44 (0)1233 648895
Email: subs@jazzjournal.co.uk (subscriptions)
Email: admin@jazzjournal.co.uk (sales)

Click for more
jazz picture (JJ bag 2016 cc.jpg) in magazine

The 2016 JJ Backpack Bag

Jazz Journal has expanded its range of merchandise for summer 2016 with the addition of the handsome and practical JJ drawstring bag - the perfect complement for the club or festival to hold your programme, tickets and other accessories

jazz picture (Ben Crosland Quintet 800cc by Alan Ainsworth.jpg) in magazine

Review: Ben Crosland Quintet at the 606

Ben Crosland's Quintet gave the Ray Davies Songbook a jazz treatment, impressing Alan Ainsworth with sensitive and considered arrangements

jazz picture (Mike Mainieri 800cc uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Review: Steps Ahead at Ronnie Scott's

They played the timeless Pools but otherwise, says Dave Jones, the Steps Ahead reunion at Ronnie's was no exercise in nostalgia

jazz picture (Rudy Royston 800cc by John Watson.jpg) in magazine

Review: Rudy Royston in New York

The collective avant-groove of drummer Rudy Royston's band, 303, is dictated by the naked and the unexpected, says Patrick Flanary

jazz picture (Dave OHiggins 800cc by Brian Payne.jpg) in magazine

Review: Swansea Jazz Festival

The 2016 Swansea International Jazz Festival covered the bases from funk to flamenco, giving Brian Payne a great weekend of music

jazz picture (Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker 800cc uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Review: Born To Be Blue

Based on the life of Chet Baker, Born To Be Blue's potent mix of fact and fantasy and Ethan Hawke's star turn as the trumpeter impress Bruce Lindsay

jazz picture (Thomas Chapin 800cc uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Review: Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song

Stephanie Castillo's new movie about saxophonist Thomas Chapin brings Brian Morton as close as he could wish to the musician and child of nature

jazz picture (Herb Alpert 800cc by David Andrako.jpg) in magazine

Review: Herb Alpert at Café Carlyle

Patrick Flanary says that at 81 the Tijuana Brass man is as committed a showman as ever and arguably the finest trumpet player alive

jazz picture (Mike and Kate Westbrook 800cc uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Review: Mike Westbrook in Taunton

Mike Westbrook And The Uncommon Orchestra visit Taunton's Brewhouse, engaging Barry Witherden with an ’exhilarating’ performance of A Bigger Show

jazz picture (Richard Bona 800cc by Rebecca Meek.jpg) in magazine

Review: Richard Bona at Ronnie Scott's

Michael Tucker enjoys some primal and mesmeric music from the charismatic electric bassist, plus impressive support from Emilia Martensson

jazz picture (Lisa Fischer 800cc uncredited .jpg) in magazine

Review: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The multi-arts festival presented an excellent musical line-up across stunning venues and gave Bruce Lindsay the chance to compose and race camels

jazz picture (Arild Andersen 800cc uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Review: Arild Andersen Quartet at Ronnie's

The Norwegian bassist's talented quartet and technically superb, affirmative playing impress Michael Tucker and put him in mind of E. M. Forster

jazz picture (Lira 800cc uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Preview: Joy of Jazz, South Africa

Standard Bank Joy of Jazz returns to Johannesburg for the 19th time, bringing a host of South African and international performers to the city

jazz picture (Omar Sosa 800cc by Massimo Mantovani.jpg) in magazine

Review: Omar Sosa at Ronnie Scott's

Omar Sosa's Quarteto Afrocubano provides Michael Tucker with a fabulous evening of first class Afro-Cuban music, full of a life-force unique to jazz

jazz picture (EFG London Jazz Festival 800cc v2 uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Preview: EFG London Jazz Festival update

The EFG London Jazz Festival has announced another nine shows for 2016, including Robert Glasper, Norma Winstone and Bobby McFerrin

jazz picture (Ystad jazz Festival logo 800cc.jpg) in magazine

Preview: Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival

The 2016 Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival brings international stars including Marlene VerPlanck, Hugh Masekela and Oddjob to Wallander's home town

jazz picture (Llandudno Jazz Festival 2016 800cc uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Preview: Llandudno Jazz Festival

Alan Barnes, Art Themen, Tina May and a circular-saw barbeque are all on offer from the Llandudno Jazz Festival in north Wales in July

jazz picture (Don Cheadle Ewan McGregor by Brian Douglas 800cc.jpg) in magazine

Review: Miles Ahead, the movie

Roger Farbey highly recommends the long-awaited Miles Davis biopic and hails a remarkable performance from star and director Don Cheadle

jazz picture (Tony Kofi 800cc uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Preview: Swanage Jazz Festival

The comprehensive weekend programme of jazz on the Jurassic Coast offers over 60 gigs by established favourites and leading newcomers from the UK scene

jazz picture (Contemporary Jazz Cruise 800cc uncredited.jpg) in magazine

Preview: ECP Contemporary Jazz Cruise

ECP announces the Contemporary Jazz Cruise, the latest in its comprehensive cruise portfolio, with Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper and many more

jazz picture (Vula Viel 800cc by Alex Bonney.jpg) in magazine

Preview: Scarborough Jazz Festival

The full line-up for this year's Scarborough Jazz Festival has been announced, from rousing big bands to rising stars and a brand new project


"...the only decent jazz magazine in the UK or elsewhere”

Subscribe here

+44 (0)1233 648895

See a sample copy of Jazz Journal

Back numbers


+44 (0)1233 648895