Chris McGregor - Cry Freedom

As a new boxed set tracing the work of the pioneering South African jazz group the Blue Notes is released, Duncan Heining charts the genesis of the distinctive group and the charismatic figure of Chris McGregor from early days in apartheid-era South Africa to exile in Europe and the subsequent development of Brotherhood of Breath and other offshoot groups

London Jazz Festival - Full Line Up

With the London Jazz Festival 2008 kicking off on Friday 14th November the organisers, Serious, have announced a special Esbjörn Svensson tribute event together with the full jazz club programme and a series of special free concerts and events to run alongside the major concert programme announced in Jazzwise last month.

Harry Beckett - Mixing It

Sample ImageA longstanding presence on the London jazz scene, trumpeter Harry Beckett has kept his music fresh over a long career and none more so than on his latest release which invites reggae and dance music influences to happily live alongside his modal jazz flavours. Duncan Heining talks to Harry about his current preoccupations and looks back on a career stretching back to the 1960s.


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