The annual JPN (Jazz Promotion Network) conference took place this year as a hybrid of online and in-person events at the Southbank centre in partnership with the EFG London Jazz Festival. The two-day event saw guest speakers including Orphy Robinson MBE and journalist Kevin Le Gendre discuss the challenges with inclusion in jazz today across the music industry.
I was only able to attend the first day, where we were treated to a special talk...
It was with great sadness that I heard recently of the death of Tony Williams - many older readers will remember him as a highly knowledgeable and dedicated member of the jazz scene.
As a young man he had various jobs, including working at Enfield Rolling Mills and later as a lab assistant, but it was his stints at HMV and Dobell’s Jazz Shop that helped reinforce his interest in modern jazz. A regular at...
"She started off with Shiny Stockings," Jeff Hamilton told me recently, speaking of the first time he remembers jamming with Osaka Hammond B3 Queen Atsuko Hashimoto more than 20 years ago. "We locked right in," continued Hamilton. "It was kind of magical that this was all working - it sounded like we had been playing together for years."
Atsuko and her guitarist husband Yutaka were holding forth at a joint called the Don Shop, located...
She Who Weeps merges elements from two earlier Wilson albums - the standards of Blue Skies and the asymmetric funk of Jumpworld. Her sour, gruff vocal style still reflects her primary influences - among them Abbey Lincoln and Carmen McRae - and like them she's careful to avoid straight renditions of melodies.
Her highly idiosyncratic approach to pitch and melody remains a notable characteristic. Phrase, form and intonation are so stretched on Body And Soul...
The Barbican in London offers some top-line jazz performers in the first half of 2022.
They include the Maria Schneider Orchestra performing new material from...
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