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

John Surman - Spaces and Places

John Surman is one of the totemic figures of British jazz, one of the select number revered and admired in Britain and abroad, both for his technical skills and for his audacious approach to jazz and improvised music. His latest album The Spaces In Between is just one of a raft of new projects that Surman is involved with in the coming year, showing a wide range of Surman’s interests. Interview: Duncan Heining 

Charles Mingus - Triumph of the Underdog

Charles Mingus, had he lived, would have been 85 this year. Despite the fact that he is no longer around, his music has an uncanny longevity and his music is more influential today than it has ever been. In a special feature, Jazzwise this month looks at the life and music of Charles Mingus as the repertory band named after him, the Mingus Big Band, prepares to come to the UK for a major tour and a raft of reissues are released.


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