Julian Joseph - The Language of Truth

Pianist and composer Julian Joseph embarks this month on the premiere of his most ambitious project to date, a jazz opera called Bridegetower, commissioned by the City of London Festival and English Touring Opera, inspired in part by the 200th anniversary of the abolition of transatlantic slavery, with a libretto by writer Mike Phillips.

Robert Glasper - Element of Chance

Robert Glasper is trying to do what only a few brave souls have tried, to integrate hip hop with jazz. But unlike others who have failed to make the two different musical forms work together, his steady progress in this direction has achieved critical success in the States and beyond. With his new record, In My Element, he takes the most basic of jazz units, the trio, to use as his tool to take the music forward and make it live. Interview: Andy Robson

Keith Tippett - The Tipping Point

There are echoes of Centipede, that remarkable super sized free jazz orchestra, in the release this month of Keith Tippett’s Tapestry orchestra recording Live At The Le Mans (First Weaving). With an extraordinary coming together of heavyweight British and European free improvisers and the added fizz of a live performance, the old spirit of the great pianist Keith Tippett is there for one and all nearly 40 years after his career in music first began. Duncan Heining talks to Tippett about a renewed burst of creativity in his musical life and looks back with him to the 70s, a remarkable era when he and his band of brothers jammed at 30,000 feet on a specially charted plane.

Claire Martin - Slowly but surely

There’s a certain style, swagger and above all sassiness about Claire Martin that has endeared her to jazz fans for many years now. Her ability to interpret lyrics while swinging hard has secured her position at the top of the tree among jazz singers in the UK. For her latest album, He Never Mentioned Love, she pays tribute to one of her singing idols, Shirley Horn, for a sincere tribute that features Martin at her very best. Jane Cornwell talks to Claire as she prepares to fly to New York for a major residency.

Bob Brookmeyer - The Art of Swing

Best-known for his work with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, Sextet and Concert Jazz Band, for his time with Stan Getz, his quintet with Clark Terry, and the trio with Jim Hall and Jimmy Giuffre, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer is in the UK for a rare series of gigs this month. Alyn Shipton talks to him


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