FEBRUARY 2017

Oz Noy Contrary to the dominant postmodern narrative, jazz-rock lives and evolves in the hands of the Israel-born, NY-domiciled guitarist. David West probes the background

Profiles Guitarist John Etheridge on travelling light with singer Vimala Rowe; pianist Ahmad Jamal, travelling only to the treasured Marciac festival; jazz novelist Mick Carlon, travelling with Louis, riding with Duke

Tony Fruscella Pianist John Williams said Fruscella lived in “another world on the end of the flower stem”. That removal from reality might have been a source of musical inspiration but it also contributed to his downfall, as Gordon Jack relates

Book & DVD Reviews
Books: Jazz Festival: Jim Marshall // Listen To This: Miles Davis And Bitches Brew // Modern Saxophone Techniques DVD: Rahsaan Roland Kirk: The Case Of The Three Sided Dream

One man’s Drew Simon Spillett says just what he likes

Obituaries Victor Bailey; Bob Cranshaw; Bill Kyle; Hod O’Brien

Anec-dotage
JJ’s Critics’ Poll has Alan Luff thinking the 50s was likely the most creative, exciting and fertile decade in jazz recording history

Record reviews
We review 78 CDs of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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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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Review: Seamus Blake Trio

At Southport's winter jazz weekend Alan Ainsworth enjoys a musician who produces long-lined explorations as well as bringing fresh ideas to standards and pop tunes


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Jazz guitarist seeks top MU job

Guitarist Kathy Dyson is standing for election as general secretary of the Musicians' Union - the first woman to do so in the union's 123-year history


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Preview: Marlene VerPlanck's spring tour

The singer returns for her annual spring tour visiting 14 venues, including some of her favourites, across England and Wales during March


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Preview: Julian Siegel tours jazz orchestra

The debut tour for saxophonist Siegel's brand new 19-piece ensemble features Tales From The Jacquard, inspired by Nottingham's lace industry


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Preview: This Joint Is Jumpin'

Fats Waller's music comes to London in April courtesy of the world premiere of a new production, This Joint Is Jumpin', at The Other Palace Studio


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Preview: Draw By Four go on tour

Organ quartet Draw By Four announce their spring and summer tour in support of debut album Framework, with dates in England and Scotland


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Preview: Cheltenham Jazz Festival

The well-established festival returns to the Regency spa town with a mix of classic and contemporary jazz, blues, soul and more


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Preview: Chris Ingham's Dudley tour

The Chris Ingham Quartet brings Dudley Moore's music to life once again, in a series of dates across England and on new album Dudley


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Review: Trichotomy at Southport

A late-night festival set from Australian piano trio Trichotomy holds Alan Ainsworth's attention with compositions that swell like ocean waves


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Review: Nigel Thomas Quartet

The Nigel Thomas Quartet's performance at the South Coast Jazz Festival set the Brighton audience on fire with its life-affirming music, according to Michael Tucker


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Lauren Kinsella wins composition award

The singer and composer has won this year's £10,000 Jazz Composition Fellowship in competition with Chris Montague, Tori Freestone and Percy Pursglove


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Preview: Ronnie Scott's guitar season

Ronnie Scott's brings five big names to London for its guitar season this spring, including... a bassist and a blues singer (yes, it was once called the bass guitar)


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Preview: Gateshead Jazz Festival

Gateshead International Jazz Festival reveals its line-up for 2017, with artists from Cuba, Cameroon and South Africa as well as Europe and the USA


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Review: We Jazz Festival, Helsinki

In the icy Finnish midwinter, time stands still in the best possible way for Wif Stenger during We Jazz, with its offbeat settings and collaborations


 

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