JANUARY 2018

Akira Tana Randy Smith hears tales from one of the drummers most widely travelled in the swing and bop circles of the 1970s and 80s, among older generation survivors such as Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt and James Moody

On the Beat Including Scott Hamilton dates, campaign to rename Williamsburg Bridge as Sonny Rollins Bridge, closure of JazzUK and John McLaughlin on the bloodlessness of much contemporary jazz

Profiles Saxophonist David Binney fixed (even if largely uncredited) for Bowie’s Blackstar; vibraphone player Anthony Kerr stepped out of straightahead into folk-tinged jazz; pianist Rein De Graaff ran an electronic hardware company while becoming a leading European bebop advocate

Critics’ Poll 2017 JJ critics choose their favourites from last year. Among the top choices, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, John Beasley, Count Basie, John Abercrombie

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce follows trombone giant Jack Teagarden through escapades with Wingy Manone, Ben Pollack and Stanley Steamer

One Swanage makes more than just a summer Simon Spillett reports on braveheart Nigel Price, the salvation of a popular Dorset jazz festival

Obituaries Muhal Richard Abrams; Lou Gare; Jon Hendricks; Frank Holder; Harold Pendleton

Record reviews We review 72 albums of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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Woman wins Whittingham award

Scottish alto saxophonist and bandleader Helena Kay has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award


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Tyshawn Sorey to co-direct Banff jazz

Tyshawn Sorey, winner in 2017 of a $625,000 grant to pursue ’creative inclinations’, is to co-direct the 2018 Banff jazz workshop


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Preview: Matthew Read tour and album

Bassist, composer and arranger Matthew Read has announced a British tour for his trio and an album launch gig at Kansas Smitty's for Anecdotes Vol 2


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Preview: jazzahead! 2018

jazzahead! (sic), the European jazz world's annual meetup in Bremen, has announced the 40 acts who will perform on stage at this year's event.


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Preview: Gateshead Jazz Festival

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018 includes Sun Ra Arkestra, Tony Allen, Chris Barber, and Georgie Fame with the Guy Barker Big Band


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Review: Chasing Trane

Brian Morton suggests the most revisionist element in Spencer Proffer's new John Coltrane documentary is the idea of Trane as country star


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Review: Clare Teal & Trio

Sally Evans-Darby says Clare Teal and her trio's tribute to Ella Fitzgerald was a fine combination of wit, charm, grace and inspiring musicianship


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Review: Night At The Bombay Roxy

Leon Nock spends a Night At The Bombay Roxy, reliving the Irani restaurant culture of the 1930s


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Review: Akbank Jazz Festival

N. Buket Cengiz reports on Turkey's Akbank Jazz Festival, which attracted large crowds to an international selection of cutting-edge performers


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Review: Ben Thomas & Jim Blomfield

Trumpeter Ben Thomas echoed the quiet minimalism of Miles Davis, Kenny Wheeler and Chet Baker


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Preview: Courtney Pine, Jazz Director

Courtney Pine CBE takes to the road for a four-date north of England tour with the Inner City Ensemble, as part of the fourth Jazz Directors Series


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Review: Sosa, Keita & Ovalles

The trio of Omar Sosa, Seckou Keita and Gustavo Ovalles play two life-affirming gigs that made Michael Tucker wish he'd seen the rest of the 13-date tour


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Moses Boyd, 2017 MOBO jazz winner

Drummer, composer and producer Moses Boyd has won the Best Jazz Act award in this year's MOBO awards


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Preview: Llandudno 2017

Planning for the 2018 Llandudno Jazz Festival is underway with Alan Barnes hosting and favourites such as Sara Oschlag and Jim Mullen returning


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Review: Berlin Jazz Festival 2017

Brian Payne awards 10 marks out of 10 to the Berlin Jazz Festival, directed for the final time by Richard Williams and featuring jazz and hip-hop


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Review: Belgrade and Pancevo

Serbia's top jazz festivals entrance Bob Weir with high-quality programmes, great saxophonists and warm welcomes for foreign visitors


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Review: Tampere Jazz Happening

The 2017 edition of this Finnish festival keeps Pascal Dorban transfixed with adventurous programming, an international lineup and lakeside saunas


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Preview: Jazz On A Winter's Weekend

Southport Jazz Festival's winter weekend of jazz returns for the 14th consecutive year with Ian Shaw, Gwilym Simcock and Tricia Evy on the bill


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Preview: Rhythm & Reaction

A major exhibition at Two Temple Place in London will explore the influence of jazz on British art, design and wider society in the jazz age


 

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