John Pittman: Kinship

Søren Siegumfeldt String Swing: This Is Meschiya Lake

Originally formed some years ago as a Django Reinhardt tribute band, Denmark’s String Swing plays on with only two of its founder members on hand (Søren Siegumfeldt and Jacob...

Viola Smith, still laying it down at 107

On 29 November this year, jazz and show drummer Viola Smith will celebrate her 107th birthday. Amazingly, she still occasionally plays with bands in Costa Mesa, California, including the...

On the Other Hand 10/19

Something for Ronnie's 60thThey say that it's easy to tell when you've reached middle age. It's the moment you first go “oof!” when sitting down on the sofa. I...

Liddle matter of Rendell

Count Me In 11/20

Outside And Inside: Race And Identity In White Jazz Autobiography

In 2004, Reva Marin was a finalist for the Fleck Award for the best book in the category Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Her entry was Oscar: The Life And Music...

JJ 11/79: Jamal now – and then

The injustice of making a critical evaluation of a musician on the basis of one 70-minute set was underlined for me when I stayed on to catch the second...

JJ 10/59: Wheat from chaff

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 immediately preceding February 1964 are still being...