Sunday, November 17, 2019
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Greg Abate’s Blast of Bebop and Beyond at Stratford-upon-Avon

For some time now, the Birmingham Conservatoire has produced outstanding young jazz musicians, under the tutelage of eminent figures like Clark Tracey, Liam Noble and others. Three in particular have been establishing themselves as a solid working...

Mikael Máni’s chess-world inspirations

Chess might not on the surface seem a natural bedfellow for jazz but Icelandic guitarist Mikael Máni found inspiration for Bobby, the...

Still Clinging to the Wreckage 11/19

“I don’t like country music, but I don’t mean to denigrate those who do. And for those who like country music, denigrate means ‘put down’”. – Bob...

Ginger’s jazz days

I was sorry to learn that Ginger Baker had died. He was in my band, The Storyville Jazzmen (later led by Bob Wallis) back in 1956-7. We were very much into purist...

JJ 10/69: In My Opinion – Barney Kessel

This is one of a series of taped interviews with musicians who are asked to give a snap opinion a set of records played to them. Although no previous information is given as to what they going to hear, they are, during the actual playing, handed the appropriate record sleeve. Thus in no way is their judgement influenced by being unaware of what they are hearing. Guitarist Barney Kessel is too well known to need any introduction from me. He commenced his professional career in 1942 playing in a band whose leader was none other than Chico Marx, but the musical activities of which were controlled by straw-boss Ben Pollock. Since those days he has resided in Los Angeles and played with such bands as those led by Artie Shaw and Charlie Barnet, besides becoming increasingly active in television and studio work. He has recently come to live in London, where he says he will divide his time between trips home to America and visiting Europe. As do so many Americans, he loves London (including the bad...

Louis Armstrong: Live In Europe

These recordings were plucked from the archives of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and it is claimed in the accompanying press release “This is the first time...

Border crossings: 50 years of ECM Records

‘Manfred Eicher and ECM have given invaluable opportunities for fresh musical ideas and experiences of lasting quality to reach listeners...

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Green Book

Fifty-six years after LBJ officially ended racial discrimination in the USA with the pen-stroke that signed the Civil Rights Act, the years...