Jazzwise
brings you daily breaking news from the world of jazz – announcing the latest details of new albums and tours plus jazz festival and concert reviews from across the globe. As well as all the latest news on new and established artists on the UK and international jazz scene our team of writers and photographers report on exciting performances from festivals, gigs and all the latest related news and gossip from the world of jazz.

Conveying the vibrancy and energy of the current jazz scene Jazzwise brings you in-depth coverage of major festival line ups for long-established events such as the London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and the Glasgow Jazz Festival as well as burgeoning regional events in Scarborough, Coventry, Manchester, Leeds, and Pembrokeshire as well as overnight reports from the best festivals across Europe.   

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Along with our essential monthly Gig Guide, mini Up Front features on burning issues in the development of jazz and our ever-popular Bitches Brew gossip column – this is all the jazz news you’ll ever need.  

 

 


   
Jazzwise brings you daily breaking news from across the wide world of jazz – revealing the latest details of new albums and tours plus festival and concert reviews from across the globe. As well as all the latest news on upcoming and established artists on the UK and international jazz scene the magazine's team of writers and photographers report on exciting performances from festivals, gigs and all the latest related news and gossip from the world of jazz.

Conveying the energy of the current jazz scene Jazzwise delivers in-depth coverage of all the major festivals including the London Jazz Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz  Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Gateshead Jazz Festival and the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival as well as burgeoning regional events in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds plus overnight reports from the latest must-see events.


As the UK's leading jazz monthly Jazzwise brings you the biggest names while also championing new and emerging talent from the heart of the global jazz scene. As well as in-depth interviews with today’s new and established stars, Jazzwise’s team of award-winning journalists look at key figures in jazz history reappraising their work as both a reminder to the familiar and an invaluable introduction to newcomers to this ever changing music.



Some of the amazing artists who have been featured in recent issues include pianist Gwlym Simcock, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, guitarist John Etheridge, saxophonist Iain Ballamy, drummer Rashied Ali, pianist composer Julian Joseph, pianist Robert Glasper, pianist Keith Tippett, singer Claire Martin, composer and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, saxophonist John Surman, a retrospective on bass genius Charles Mingus, guitarist Martin Taylor, jam band/guitar group Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, saxophonist Sonny Rollins, exciting UK new wave jazz band Led Bib, a tribute to the saxophone giant Michael Brecker, trumpeter Abram Wilson, top composer/arranger Graham Collier, hot new band Fraud, pianist Keith Jarrett, amazing guitar and piano pairing Pat Metheny and Brad Mehldau, composer Colin Towns and brilliant saxophonist Branford Marsalis among many, many others.

Listed on the right are samples of each of our top features from the last year’s worth of magazines – to read them in full subscribe for a year and receive a FREE CD – or order back issues with your favourite artists in.


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To coincide with the Brit Jazz Fest at Ronnie Scott’s last year jazzwisemagazine.com presented a unique interview with three key figures from the UK jazz scene past and present. Pianist Michael Garrick, recently awarded an MBEand saxophonist Don Rendell were in the vanguard of first generation jazz pioneers that witnessed the birth of bebop in Britain but went on to develop their own distinctive sound and musical vision. DJ, broadcaster and label boss Gilles Peterson created a hugely popular revival of this rich period of 1960s jazz when he unearthed some long forgotten gems from the vaults with his two Impressed… compilations that also coincided with the BBC’s Jazz Britannia TV series and introduced this far sighted music to a new generation of younger listeners. Gathered here for a unique three-way interview convened in 2003 this is a rare chance to hear the views of these key figures from the development of UK jazz over the last 50 years.  

 


 

 



 

 

 

 


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As the UK's leading jazz monthly Jazzwise brings you the biggest names while also championing new and emerging talent from the heart of the global jazz scene. As well as in-depth interviews with today's new and established stars, Jazzwise's team of award-winning journalists look at key figures in jazz history reappraising their work as both a reminder to the familiar and an invaluable introduction to newcomers to this ever changing music.



The Jazzwise ‘Jazz and Beyond’ review section covers over a hundred jazz CDs, books, DVDs and gigs each month. Our team of acclaimed jazz writers cover all the latest releases from across the spectrum of jazz and world music, from bebop to free, modal, fusion, vocal, electronica, rock, swing and big band jazz is covered by our vastly knowledgeable team.

With additional in-depth Album Interviews, our witty Short Cuts sections, essential Reissues, plus comprehensive coverage of the live international and UK jazz scene from small clubs to major festivals, there’s really is no other jazz review section to beat it.

In this section you can read a selection of reviews from recent issues – or simply subscribe here to enjoy this amazing monthly guide to jazz.

   
The Jazzwise ‘Jazz and Beyond’ review section covers over a hundred jazz CDs, books, DVDs and gigs each month. Our team of acclaimed jazz writers cover all the latest releases from across the spectrum of jazz and world music, from bebop to free, modal, fusion, vocal, electronica, rock, swing and big band jazz is covered by our vastly knowledgeable team.

With additional in-depth Album Interviews, our witty Short Cuts sections, essential Reissues, plus comprehensive coverage of the live international and UK jazz scene from small clubs to major festivals, there’s really is no other jazz review section to beat it.

In this section you can read a selection of reviews from recent issues – or simply subscribe here to enjoy this amazing monthly guide to jazz.

 

 


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Each month Jazzwise speaks to one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians about their favourite gear and how they got started in jazz. For many it’s a journey that began early in life through many fascinating personal routes to becoming some of the UK’s top jazz musicians.

Among the many top names featured in this section the likes of guitarist Cameron Pierre, trumpeter Tom Arthurs, Mecury Prize nominated pianist Zoe Rahman, acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, amazing drummer and pianist Gary Husband, internationally renown trumpter and jazz educator Gerard Presencer, jazz and funk guitar great Jim Mullen, top guitar virtuoso John Etheridge, breathtaking electric bassist and bandleader Laurence Cottle and recent BBC Jazz Award Winners like saxophonist Soweto Kinch and pianist Neil Cowley have all revealed their personal journeys into jazz and the musical instruments that continue to inspire them to play.

In this section you can read some of the recent features from The Player - or subscribe here to keep up with all the latest musician news and reviews.

Recordings that have been awarded the ultimate five-star rating in Jazzwise, indicating a 'landmark recording'.

Gig Guide

The Jazzwise monthly gig guide features over 300 gigs nationwide: from regular local sessions to national tours by the biggest names in cutting edge jazz, to full listings for major festivals across the UK.

Musicians can also submit their gigs straight into our online database – simply follow the link on the left hand menu.

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Welcome to Jazzwise’s nationwide Gig Guide

To add your gigs to our database you will need to register and become a member of our online community – to do this simply click here . Once you are a member and have logged into the site you will then be able to see the ‘Submit New Event’ link on this page. To add a new venue simply click on the ‘Submit New Location’ link on the input events page.

For help regarding this or other technical issues on the site please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  

 

 

gig of the week




24 October - LIMA Orchestra, Minghe Morte plus The Lion Trio, Sonic Stories, Richard Ormrod/Jonny Flockton/Rus Pearson – LIMA Festival
Seven Arts Leeds, Harrogate Road, Leeds

It’s extremely heartening to see Leed’s burgeoning jazz scene reach a tipping point with this their inaugural LIMA festival. There’s much to enjoy, most of it ear-splittingly loud, and full of unfettered musical ideas and down right impressive musicianship this is where innovation and no holds barred imagination take flight.

During this first full day of music the highlights include Minghe Morte who leap between a mash up of garage-house, speed-punk and death-jazz they offer up “an intense, scatological burst of violent jump cuts and vein-busting skronk”… “gore-spattered car-crash jazz” (so said Jazzwise’ own Daniel Spicer). Including two third of the simply awesome TrioVD, saxophonist Christophe DeBezenac and astonishing drummer Chris Bussey, plus bassist/electronics head Colin Sutton, death jazz has never sounded so good.

Bitches Brew

Jazzwise
keeps its ear to the ground for all the insider gossip in the world of jazz. From the latest whispers on new artist collaborations, backstage bust ups and mayhem and misnomers from launch parties and secret late night jam sessions in unlikely places The Brew is the column journalists, PRs and musicians are all queuing to be in.
Jazz On Film

Each month Jazzwise investigates the use of jazz in cinema and how some of the greatest film directors and composers have utilized jazz as a powerful musical force to add drama and tension to their work with an in-depth look at a classic movie.

Emphasizing the huge variety of films made in the last century up to the present day that have continued to use jazz as the perfect soundtrack Jazz On Film reveals how filmmakers and musicians collaborate to create striking original cinematic statements.

We've teamed up with Amazon.co.uk and can now offer you the chance to rent any DVD featured in the 'on film' section absolutely free of charge.

Choose any DVD from this page and click the Amazon DVD rental offer box at the bottom of the page.



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Each month Jazzwise speaks to one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians about their favourite gear and how they got started in jazz. For many it’s a journey that began early in life through many fascinating personal routes to becoming some of the UK’s top jazz musicians.

Among the many top names featured in this section the likes of guitarist Cameron Pierre, trumpeter Tom Arthurs, Mecury Prize nominated pianist Zoe Rahman, acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, amazing drummer and pianist Gary Husband, internationally renown trumpter and jazz educator Gerard Presencer, jazz and funk guitar great Jim Mullen, top guitar virtuoso John Etheridge, breathtaking electric bassist and bandleader Laurence Cottle and recent BBC Jazz Award Winners like saxophonist Soweto Kinch and pianist Neil Cowley have all revealed their personal journeys into jazz and the musical instruments that continue to inspire them to play.

In this section you can read some of the recent features from The Player - or subscribe here to keep up with all the latest musician news and reviews.


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Each issue Jazzwise talks to one of the UK’'s leading jazz musicians about their favourite gear and how they got started. For many it'’s a journey that began early in life through many fascinating personal routes to becoming some of the UK'’s top jazz musicians.


The Player

Each month Jazzwise speaks to one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians about their favourite gear and how they got started in jazz. For many it’s a journey that began early in life through many fascinating personal routes to becoming some of the UK’s top jazz musicians.

Among the many top names featured in this section the likes of guitarist Cameron Pierre, trumpeter Tom Arthurs, Mecury Prize nominated pianist Zoe Rahman, acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, amazing drummer and pianist Gary Husband, internationally renown trumpter and jazz educator Gerard Presencer, jazz and funk guitar great Jim Mullen, top guitar virtuoso John Etheridge, breathtaking electric bassist and bandleader Laurence Cottle and recent BBC Jazz Award Winners like saxophonist Soweto Kinch and pianist Neil Cowley have all revealed their personal journeys into jazz and the musical instruments that continue to inspire them to play.

In this section you can read some of the recent features from The Player - or subscribe here to keep up with all the latest musician news and reviews.

The Player


   
Each month Jazzwise speaks to one of the UK’s leading jazz musicians about their favourite gear and how they got started in jazz. For many it’s a journey that began early in life through many fascinating personal routes to becoming some of the UK’s top jazz musicians.

Among the many top names featured in this section the likes of guitarist Cameron Pierre, trumpeter Tom Arthurs, Mecury Prize nominated pianist Zoe Rahman, acclaimed saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, amazing drummer and pianist Gary Husband, internationally renown trumpter and jazz educator Gerard Presencer, jazz and funk guitar great Jim Mullen, top guitar virtuoso John Etheridge, breathtaking electric bassist and bandleader Laurence Cottle and recent BBC Jazz Award Winners like saxophonist Soweto Kinch and pianist Neil Cowley have all revealed their personal journeys into jazz and the musical instruments that continue to inspire them to play.

In this section you can read some of the recent features from The Player - or subscribe here to keep up with all the latest musician news and reviews.

 

 



We here at Jazzwise know that many leading musicians number among our valued readership and in light of that fact each month Jazzwise brings you a snapshot of the key developments in Instrument News Updates providing guide to finding a lighter music stand, more portable bass, sweeter sounding guitar, deeper crash cymbal or crisper snare drum.

Among the numerous items reviewed and reported on we’ve looked at the PMXA-67RG Gold Plated alto sax, D’Addario T2 Titanium strings, Istanbul 25th Anniversary ride cymbal, Taylor Phoenix trumpet, Leger Sax Reeds, the new Lakland bass guitar, Epiphone ES135 guitar, Rosetti Series 7 -Rose brass trumpet, Roland FP4 digital piano, Yamaha YSS Custom 875EX soprano sax, New Zildjian K cymbal among many other exciting products.

See a selection of instrument reviews here or simply subscribe here to get the monthly update delivered to your door.

Instrument Guide


   
We here at Jazzwise know that many leading musicians number among our valued readership and in light of that fact each month Jazzwise brings you a snapshot of the key developments in Instrument News Updates providing guide to finding a lighter music stand, more portable bass, sweeter sounding guitar, deeper crash cymbal or crisper snare drum.

Among the numerous items reviewed and reported on we’ve looked at the PMXA-67RG Gold Plated alto sax, D’Addario T2 Titanium strings, Istanbul 25th Anniversary ride cymbal, Taylor Phoenix trumpet, Leger Sax Reeds, the new Lakland bass guitar, Epiphone ES135 guitar, Rosetti Series 7 -Rose brass trumpet, Roland FP4 digital piano, Yamaha YSS Custom 875EX soprano sax, New Zildjian K cymbal among many other exciting products.

See a selection of instrument reviews here or simply subscribe here to get the monthly update delivered to your door.

The Write Stuff

The London Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 3 is once again working in partnership with Jazzwise magazine to build on the huge success of The Write Stuff initiative. This scheme aims to give aspiring music writers the opportunity to work with professional journalists to improve their writing skills, receive insights into career paths and develop an understanding of jazz criticism – as well as getting to go to lots of concerts! The initiative will include sessions on feature writing, reviewing and editing, and will be led by writer and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre, with additional input from Jon Newey, editor and publisher of Jazzwise, Mike Flynn manager of the Jazzwise website and a new media expert, and a range of other leading industry figures and writers.

Previous participants have gone on to receive commissions and Chris Ackerley, one of last year’s participants has commented: “The practical skills that I gained whilst on the scheme, and the contacts that have come as a result of it, have been invaluable to the advancement of my career in journalism.” Previous participants have been of all ages and have come to the Write Stuff with a wide variety of different experiences.

 
The Write Stuff - New Writers Forum
     
For the past ten years Jazzwise and Serious have collaborated to produce the Write Stuff that takes place during the London Jazz Festival – offering emerging writers of all ages a chance to practice the art of writing about jazz – in an intensive weeklong workshop.

Many of those who've taken part have gone on to further their careers, having work published in the Guardian, The Wire and Jazzwise, and working for BBC Radio 3. This year's participants will be posting their reviews here from the 2013 LJF.

Anyone interested in submitting gig reviews or articles should email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

saxophone100The saxophone was developed in the 1840s by Adolphe Sax, a Belgian-born instrument-maker, flautist and clarinetist working in Paris. While still working at his father's instrument shop in Brussels, Sax began developing an instrument which had the projection of a brass instrument with the agility of a woodwind.


trumpetJazzwise looks at the best trumpets on the market for playing jazz – from starter level instruments to top pro models we look at the full range of trumpets currently available.



speakersJazzwise reviews some of the best Hi-fi equipment for listening to jazz on.




Jazzwise reviews a wide range of instructional books and DVDs that are all available to order from the Jazzwise Direct website.



accessoriesFrom music stands to gig bags, music software to guitar plectrums Jazzwise looks at a wide range of musical accessories for the performing jazz musician.



Jazz guitar amplifiers and jazz bass amplifiers for the discerning player.




Percussion in jazz is virtually synonymous with the drum set, which is made of a variety of drums and cymbals. In addition to the drum set, it is not unusual to see congas, timbales, tambourines, triangles, or other types of percussion instruments in jazz as well. Please find reviews here for jazz-related percussion products.


drumsJazz drumming is the art of playing percussion (predominantly the drum set, which includes a variety of drums and cymbals) in jazz styles ranging from 1910s-style Dixieland jazz to 1970s-era jazz-rock fusion and 1980s-era latin jazz. The techniques and instrumentation of this type of performance have evolved over several periods, influenced by jazz at large and the individual drummers within it. Stylistically, this aspect of performance was shaped by its starting place, New Orleans as well as numerous other regions of the world, including other parts of the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa.

The function of the bass in a traditional rhythm section is somewhat different than that of a chordal instrument. Like a pianist, a bassist must normally outline the chord changes, but the bass usually emphasizes the roots, thirds, and fifths rather than any extensions or alterations. In traditional jazz forms, the bass player also has a very important role as a timekeeper; as much as a drummer, if not more so. That is why bass players so often play walking bass lines that consist almost exclusively of quarter notes or rhythms that strongly emphasize the beat.

The history of jazz guitar has been an integral part of the wide-ranging history of jazz. The early guitar players were the great blues singers who accompanied themselves on the guitar. By the 1930s, guitarists gained prominence in jazz and some were even featured performers. In the 1960s, guitarists tended to play in small groups, while fusion guitarists combined the sound and energy of rock with jazz-style improvisation.

The piano is a musical instrument which is played by means of a keyboard. Widely used in Classical music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music, and accompaniment, the piano is also very popular as an aid to composing and rehearsal. Although not portable and often expensive, the piano's versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world's most familiar musical instruments.

Jazzwise Magazine is very proud to announce the launch of our digital subscription service that will offer a high quality digital version of the magazine online each month. As we love our loyal readers so much there is a full trial issue completely FREE on the Exact Editions website for you to see the fantastic quality of this service. With fully searchable text, easy to magnify pages and our stunning page designs in all their full colour glory, this really is the perfect companion to our printed magazine. And it's available anywhere in the world.

The trial issue features an interview with New York trumpeter Dave Douglas, Stuart Nicholson talks to Mike Walker about his latest album and Andy Robson investigates the crazy world of keyboardist and composer, Django Bates.

All our regular features are included with the latest news in the jazz world; CD, book and DVD reviews; a guide to the best gigs and concerts around the country and your letters to the editor.

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