MAY 2017

Kamasi Washington Headlining rock and hip-hop festivals, LA’s charismatic tenor lion Kamasi Washington is drawing new audiences to jazz. He is part of a street-savvy collective who are rejuvenating the spiritual, socially conscious tradition of late 60s and early 70s Afro-American jazz, writes Wif Stenger

Profiles Singer Polly Gibbons, unsure what category she falls into and opting for none; Montréal festival founder André Ménard, pleased his jazz festival exceeds its designation; big band leader Scott Willcox, happy to have Gil Evans sit with Igor Stravinsky

Still burning for Buddy Dave Weckl, who plays Buddy Rich band dates at Ronnie’s this month, tells Mark Youll of his enduring affection for the drummer’s music

Two princes and a duke A year after the death of pop star Prince, Brian Morton tells us what he is doing in a jazz magazine

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce listens in to Bob Brookmeyer, Mezz Mezzrow and Gene Lees

Book Reviews King Of Jazz // Jazz As Visual Language // Fatal Music // The Jazz Repertoire: A Survey // Jews And Jazz

Stream of consciousness
Nigel Jarrett, faced by a torrent of jazz on YouTube, doesn’t close his eyes

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

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Preview: Ilkley Jazz Festival

This year's Ilkley Jazz Festival brings an array of acts from Britain's contemporary jazz scene to West Yorkshire, with Ian Shaw leading the programme

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Review: JQ Jazz Legends, Birmingham

John Watson celebrates a feast of jazz in the Midlands, with Spanish Accents and Partisans in Birmingham and Julian Arguelles in Wolverhampton

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Review: Stormy: The Life Of Lena Horne

The play with music gets its world premiere at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Bruce Lindsay is stunned by Camilla Beeput's solo performance

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Preview: more for EFG London Jazz

The EFG London Jazz Festival has announced its third wave of shows, with another 14 concerts including appearances from Keith Tippett and Yazz Ahmed

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Preview: Sue McCreeth's album and tour

Vocalist Sue McCreeth sets out on a nine-date tour of venues across England and Scotland in support of her new album Look Back And Love

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Preview: Woody Allen at the Albert Hall

Woody Allen's New Orleans Jazz Band will play a one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall in July, the band's first UK appearance in ten years

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Jazz nights on the Thames

London's City Cruises and R.S. Hispaniola are offering jazz-filled evenings on the Thames every week of the year, with music from ChiJazz

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Preview: Jazz By The Sea

The Jazz By The Sea festival will bring music to over 20 venues around Poole and Bournemouth, with Clare Teal, Omar Puente and the Jazzmobile set to appear

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Review: Jazz FM Awards 2017

Bruce Lindsay was at the fourth Jazz FM Awards to see the mainstream of jazz honoured while guest presenter Evan Parker joked 'I bet 98% of you have never heard of me'

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Preview: Montréal Jazz Festival

The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has announced the first acts of its 2017 programme, including Robert Glasper, Buddy Guy and King Crimson

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Preview: EFG London Jazz update

Serious, producer of the EFG London Jazz Festival, has announced a second wave of shows for this November's 25th anniversary festival

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Preview: Ystad Jazz Festival

Sweden's Ystad Jazz Festival, programmed by its artistic director Jan Lundgren, has announced an extensive international line-up for 2017

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Preview: Burton Agnes Festival

The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year by bringing Claire Martin, Ray Gelato and many more to East Yorkshire

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Preview: Wigan Jazz Festival

The Wigan International Jazz Festival returns this July, launched with two June concerts by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band in Manchester

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Preview: Swansea Jazz Festival

The fourth Swansea International Jazz Festival presents over 50 events, including a 14-piece band from Strictly Come Dancing playing Earth, Wind & Fire

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Preview: Llandudno Jazz Festival

The festival returns to Bodafon Farm, with a wide-ranging programme featuring American sax man Greg Abate and Alan Barnes's Grimsby fish tale

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Preview: Newport Jazz Weekend

The Newport Jazz Weekend's 2017 programme has been announced, with acts including NYJO, Liane Carroll, Zoe Rahman and a performance of the Isle of Wight Suite

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Preview: Scarborough Jazz Festival

Scarborough Jazz Festival has announced the full lineup for this year’s programme, ranging from the Stan Tracey Legacy Band to Get The Blessing


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