Kenny Kirkland Dave Jones talks of an exceptional pianist who bucked the retro trends of the 80s and 90s as man and musician as well as alerting the general public to top-quality jazz soloing

Profiles Drummer Lorraine Baker lives for the live moment; saxman Paul Booth brings a world of music to London; Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson seeks space and clarity

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce examines Red Nichols’ crafty integration of high-quality arranging and studio-level virtuosity with improvisation to produce the 1926 equivalent of Miles Davis’s Birth Of The Cool

Charlie Wood The singer and keyboard player takes Bruce Lindsay for a spin around his Hammond

Ronnie Ross Gordon Jack surveys the career of one of the UK’s most noted baritone saxophonists

Book reviews Pat Metheny: The ECM Years, 1975-1984 // The Jazz Pilgrimage Of Gerald Wilson // Body & Soul // Kenny Kirkland Solo Transcriptions

Alt. takes The new Soft Machine album, as well as confirming that jazz-rock lives, sends Brian Morton back to 1968 with renewed enthusiasm

Record reviews We review 86 albums of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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Review: Belgrade and Pancevo festivals

Bob Weir visited two Serbian jazz festivals and saw Marc Ribot, Joe Lovano, Enrico Rava, Ralph Towner, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and more

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Review: Tampere Jazz Happening

Pascal Dorban in Finland sees Henri Texier, Denys Baptiste and the Art Ensemble of Chicago among a host of Scandinavian performers

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BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018

The five finalists of the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018 have been announced, as have the presenters, backing band and judging panel

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Review: Brighton Alternative Jazz Fest

Simon Adams enjoyed an alternative seaside treat as the festival devoted to experimental jazz and free improvisation took over various Brighton venues

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Review: Mingus Big Band

Bob Weir enjoyed the Mingus Big Band during its six-night residency at Ronnie Scott's, admiring the strength and sincerity of its playing

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Review: Scarborough Jazz Festival

Scarborough 2018 came up trumps with yet another of the varied and wide-ranging programmes we have come to expect from them, says Brian Payne

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Review: European Jazz Network

Pascal Dorban attended the European Jazz Network conference in Lisbon and sampled a vibrant jazz scene including one Andy Sheppard

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Review: Dave Holland and Chris Potter

Bassist Holland and tenor player Potter joined The Royal Academy of Music big band in one of the jazz gigs of the year, writes Roger Farbey

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Review: Sun Ra exhibition

Michael Tucker in Arles in southern France sees an art exhibition featuring two rooms devoted to the multi-faceted work of Sun Ra

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Marlene VerPlanck - a celebration

Leon Nock attended - and took part in - a celebration of the life of Marlene VerPlanck, along with Daryl Sherman, Bill Charlap, Mike Renzi and many more

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Review: One Note At A Time

Nigel Jarrett reviews the documentary film, written and directed by Renée Edwards, that tells the story of New Orleans and its jazz musicians after Hurricane Katrina

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Preview: Barker's Big Band Christmas

Guy Barker brings Christmas to the Royal Albert Hall again, with guests including Strictly Come Dancing singer Tommy Blaize and clarinettist Adrian Cox

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Review: Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival

Marek Piechnat enjoyed the varied programme at this year's Ystad Festival and had the experience of a lifetime thanks to Nils Petter Molvaer and a rainbow

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Review: SPARCfest, London

The first in a week-long series of concerts, SPARCfest kicked off with perhaps one of the most intriguing collective improvisations ever seen, says Roger Farbey

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Preview: Cambridge Jazz Festival

The fourth Cambridge International Jazz Festival, 13 to 17 November, features more than 420 musicians including Ian Shaw, Claire Martin and Madeleine Peyroux

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Preview: BopFest, London

The third BopFest brings a week of top bop and straightahead jazz to central London's Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club this November

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Preview: Jazz goes cruising

Two jazz cruises, Blue Note At Sea and The Jazz Cruise, sail from Florida next January with line-ups featuring some of the music’s greatest names

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Preview: LJF at The Other Palace

JGBG Events will present a host of jazz artists in concerts at The Other Palace in Victoria, as part of this year's EFG London Jazz Festival

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Preview: More LJF shows announced

The EFG London Jazz Festival has announced a third group of concerts and events for the 2018 festival, with Archie Shepp and Bill Frisell among the artists

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Preview: Courtney Pine and Omar

Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine and neo-soul vocalist Omar take Black Notes From The Deep on a northern tour in December


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