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Report: Jazz Promotion Network Conference 2021

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...

Obituary: Tony Williams, founder of Spotlite Records

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...

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Report: Jazz Promotion Network Conference 2021

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...

Berklee to encourage women and non-binary musicians

The Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, a department of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, is partnering with New Music...

Henderson, Breckers, Hubbard et al in 1980 video gem

Fans of modern hard bop at its peak may like to see a video gem that just popped up in the editor’s YouTube recommendations. It’s...

Get Carter gets revived and rearranged

Pianist and singer Wendy Kirkland has completed a project with trombonist Dennis Rollins that recalls the Michael Caine film Get Carter and its music,...

Chris Hodgkins’ Salute to Humph

Humphrey Lyttelton, trumpeter, band leader and BBC broadcaster, would have been 100 this year, and to mark the occasion fellow trumpeter Chris Hodgkins tours...

Malcolm Cecil gear goes on sale

Malcolm Cecil might be best known to jazz followers as bassist with Ronnie Scott, the Jazz Couriers and others, but post-jazz he achieved greater...

Jazz FM Awards 2021

After a somewhat restrained ceremony that took place last year online from Ronnie Scott’s, the Jazz FM Awards returned for 2021 with a show...

Farewell, Pat Martino

News arrives via Joey DeFrancesco courtesy of Tom Fletcher of the death of guitarist Pat Martino. His style is well framed in a YouTube...

Schneider, McLaughlin, Pascoal and more for the Barbican

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...

Jazz news from Shakespeare land

For some time now jazz in Stratford-upon-Avon has been in the capable hands of organisers, educators and facilitators Jay Riley and Dionne Sambrook and...