Derek Ansell

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Derek Ansell writes fiction, biography and features. Workout: The Music of Hank Mobley is published by Northway Publications and has recently been reprinted. New novel The Bradgate Heiress has just been published by Creativia. His jazz and music writing for Jazz Journal and Newbury Weekly News has been expanded to cover classical music and theatre reviews.

Jim Rattigan: Duos

Doug Watkins: Soulnik

Miles Davis: Miles Ahead


Lisa Rich: Highwire

Back in the 1980s, Lisa Rich seemed set for a long and successful career as a jazz performer: two albums, concerts in China and India, NEA grants and positive...

Daryl Sherman: transports of delight

Daryl Sherman likes to do things the hard way. On July 16  – technically that’s incorrect because the witching hour was running for a bus, so we’re talking early...

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 03/22

Charlie Barnet began learning to play various saxophone when he was 12, becoming mainly noted as a hard-swinging tenor player and, in the late 30s, a Hodges-inspired alto. He...

Obituary: Ken Nordine

Gerry Mulligan: Writings On A Jazz Original

The former drummer with Bobby Troup, Anita O'Day and others has assembled into a book 52 articles illuminating Mulligan's work and life

Prehistory Of Jazz

JJ 07/63: Ahmad Jamal – At The Blackhawk

Sixty years ago, Sinclair Traill found the renowned pianist almost invigorating, like Erroll Garner with the sinews drawn

Dale Bruning: A Tribute To Jim Hall

Bill Frisell and Ron Miles were among the sextet that paid tribute to the late guitarist in a September 2014 concert now available on video

Sloane: A Jazz Singer