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Louis Armstrong: The University of Louis Armstrong, 1927-28

These amazing (even now) improvisations are the seed core of all jazz. We learned most of them off by heart in our schooldays, but it’s still refreshing to come...

Tom Barford: Bloomer

Robert Mitchell: ‘Even with the freest of free jazz, the stuff that is good is never completely free’

Former Tomorrow’s Warriors, J-Life and Panacea pianist Robert Mitchell is a highly cerebral and learned fellow. When we spoke for this interview, for example, his discursive conversation ricocheted dizzyingly...

Alun Morgan’s writing was an ‘indispensable companion’

Jazz Journal readers will be saddened by the death of Alun Morgan. As an obituarist noted, "Alan’s articles and sleeve notes served as an indispensable companion to several generations...

JJ poll: wit and wisdom

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 12/70: Blues & Views – Leon Thomas

Fifty years ago, Derrick Stewart-Baxter interviewed the man who, apparently coincidentally, produced a scat-singing parallel to Coltrane. First published in Jazz Journal December 1970

Willie Dixon: I Am The Blues

This is a live studio performance by a group of mainly veteran Chicago bluesmen led by Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston and fronted by Willie Dixon, who sings several of...