DECEMBER 2017

Jelly Roll Morton In a year that’s been replete with jazz anniversaries and talk of the birth of jazz, Lin Bensley looks back on the man who claimed to have started the whole thing

Profiles: Tom Millar says that among the arts music “more often than not stands alone, without the listener having to give it extra meaning”; yet his music, like that of Paolo Fresu and Kathryn Williams, is rich in exterior references

Robben Ford He calls himself a blues guitarist but Robben Ford has lived on the intersection between blues and jazz for most of his career, as David West hears

Gary Husband The Yorkshire-born drum and keyboard maestro tells Mark Youll about his new solo piano interpretations of John McLaughlin

Book & DVD Reviews Books: Echoes From Then: Glimpses Of John McLaughlin 1959-75. DVDs: Low Down (Joe Albany) // Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus

Club life Simon Adams finds out what makes the perfect jazz club

Lena Horne Leon Nock reminds us that a century on Lena Horne belongs firmly in the jazz pantheon

Record reviews We review 79 albums of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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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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Review: 25 Years Of The LJF

A new, freely downloadable book on the history of the London Jazz Festival mixes insights, controversies and plenty of photographic evidence


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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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LJF 2017: Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet

Francis Graham-Dixon enjoys two sets from the virtuoso drummer characterised by shifting pace and open-ended enterprise


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LJF 2017: Surman and Warren

Roger Farbey enjoyed an event of considerable significance in British jazz as John Surman, John Warren and the Brass Project presented The Traveller's Tale


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LJF 2017: Scott Hamilton Quartet

Leon Nock sees Scott Hamilton's debut at the London Jazz Festival at The Other Palace and revels in his smooth and honk-free tenor


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LJF 2017: Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny's quartet provides Francis Graham-Dixon with a special evening in the form of a two and a half hour set at the Barbican Centre


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LJF 2017: Bill Charlap

If you weren't there you may well live to regret it, says Leon Nock of the Bill Charlap Trio's Pizza Express gig on the London Jazz Festival's opening night


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LJF 2017: Marius Neset at Ronnie Scott's

John Watson enjoys great music from an extraordinarily creative saxophonist, as Marius Neset and his quintet play a sold-out gig at Ronnie Scott's


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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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Review: Scarborough Jazz Festival

The 2017 Scarborough Jazz Festival presented Brian Payne with a top quality programme and a magnificent seafront backdrop


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Preview: Barker's Big Band Christmas

Guy Barker's Big Band Christmas returns to the Albert Hall for the 2017 festive season, with Clare Teal co-presenting an all-new line-up of guests


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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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Preview: Dave O'Higgins's 33-date tour

In support of his 19th album, It's Always 9.30 In Zog, saxophonist Dave O'Higgins takes his quartet on a 33-date British tour this autumn


 

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