June 2017

The return of MPS The MPS jazz catalogue is now the subject of a major reissue programme. John White tells the story of its foundation and revival

Profiles Singer Sue McCreeth rehabilitates 70s/80s harmony, Dutch group Tin Men involve the audience through a phone app and pianist Peter Edwards does the math on jazz and samba

Lee Morgan The prolific trumpeter defeats the stereotype of the prematurely dead jazzman preserved in a handful of recordings, says Brian Morton

Matt Chandler They used to say the tone’s in the fingers. Bruce Lindsay gets a more balanced perspective from the guitarist, who says strings are the thing

Book Reviews Soul Jazz // Jazz Religion, The Second Line, And Black New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina // Jazz Italian Style // Tony Bennett: Just Getting Started

Obituaries
Bradford-born guitarist Allan Holdsworth brought unprecedented fluidity, speed and harmonic complexity to the instrument; Salford-born saxophonist Stan Robinson challenged the reedy royalty of the south

Anec-dotage Alan Luff remembers one for whom country and western (and quite possibly the ukelele) was anathema

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

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Mike Gibbs talks to Scarborough

Ahead of his 80th birthday tour in the autumn, which kicks off in Scarborough, writer and arranger Mike Gibbs talks to jazz festival director Mike Gordon


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Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation

The Ronnie Scott's Charitable Foundation is inviting applications for grants to support music education projects for children and young people


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Review: Buddy Rich Band at Ronnie's

Mark Youll saw Dave Weckl capture Buddy Rich's finesse and virtuosic technique with aplomb as Ronnie Scott's marked the powerhouse drummer's centenary


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Review: Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, Hackney

Roger Farbey enjoys the simply stupendous European premiere of a ’bebopera’ centred on the last days of Charlie Parker


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Review: Denys Baptiste Quartet

Wakefield Jazz plays host to saxophonist Denys Baptiste's thrilling, high-octane, interpretation of late-Coltrane music, to Jim Whitman's delight


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Paris: art by day, jazz by night

Michael Tucker visits an exhibition devoted to artist Karel Appel and spends three nights in the company of the immensely literate pianist Christian Brenner


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Review: Dominic Galea Quintet

Pianist Dominic Galea and his quintet delight Jim Whitman with a rare UK appearance at Wakefield Jazz, filled with substance and depth


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Review: Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Despite her broken leg, Dee Dee Bridgewater's soul-filled show is Bruce Lindsay's musical highlight of the 2017 Norfolk and Norwich Festival


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Preview: Ealing Jazz Festival

Courtney Pine and Kenny Garrett headline the two nights of this year's Ealing Jazz Festival, with a host of national and local acts also on the bill


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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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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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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: 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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