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Louis Armstrong – was he really the greatest?

Louis Armstrong – was he really the grea…

The first and greatest soloist and improviser in Jazz, Louis Armstrong, nonetheless, has been misrepresented in jazz history, says Stuart Nicholson. Was he really the greatest thing in jazz? It is...

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Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2016

Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2016

Has Stuart Nicholson got a crystal ball? Back in the April issue in the interview with Tim Garland talking about his new album One, he nailed it with the closing...

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Jazzwise: artists to watch in 2017

Jazzwise: artists to watch in 2017

Tomorrow is the question: These are the jazz starts you should look out for in 2017 If you’ve been lucky enough to spend the last 12 months stranded on a desert...

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Meeting Georgie Fame: a rare and exclusive interview

Meeting Georgie Fame: a rare and exclusi…

Writer Mark Youll caught up with legendary singer and pianist Georgie Fame for a rare and exclusive interview It's crazy to think that it's now been 57 years since Ronnie Scott's...

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Kandace Springs – Soul Seeker

Kandace Springs – Soul Seeker

Precociously talented vocalist, pianist and songwriter Kandace Springs found her jazz feet and a ready audience with the release of Soul Eyes on Blue Note earlier this year. She spoke...

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Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman – Just the Two of Us

Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman – Just th…

The dynamic top-tier pairing of Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman are seeking to elevate the status of the piano and sax formation with their new album on Nonesuch, Nearness. Ahead...

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Interview: Dominic J Marshall on studying jazz at university

Interview: Dominic J Marshall on studyin…

Rising star pianist Dominic J Marshall has produced four impressive albums to date, his latest being The Triolithic, featuring his molten blend of hard hitting melodic jazz underpinned with slugged...

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The best of Bobby Wellins on record

The best of Bobby Wellins on record

Jazzwise is saddened to hear of Bobby Wellins' death. Peter Vacher interviewed the great saxophonist in the magazine 10 years ago, and he provided this list of Wellins' finest recordings: Stan...

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Symphonic jazz: a history

Symphonic jazz: a history

Long-form classical-indebted compositions are back in style. Stuart Nicholson takes a close look at the evolution of extended symphonic orchestrations in jazz, from the creations of Gershwin to Ellington to...

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Ten Essential Albert Ayler Albums

Ten Essential Albert Ayler Albums

Spiritual Unity Get Back/Esp-Disk (1964)Ayler's 1964 studio debut for Bernard Stollman's ESP-Disk label is a bench mark free jazz recording that still has the power to shock and awe those...

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Frank Sinatra – the artist behind the image

Frank Sinatra – the artist behind the im…

Keith Shadwick charts the career trajectory of one of the great singers of the 20th century, classic albums and artistic lapses included. Plus, explore our 'Take 2: Frank Sinatra and...

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Jimi Hendrix and jazz

Jimi Hendrix and jazz

Since his death the influence of Jimi Hendrix's music and the general fascination with his celebrity has grown year on year. While rock fans claim Hendrix as one of their...

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Ten Essential Larry Young Albums

Ten Essential Larry Young Albums

Jack McDuff among others dubbed ‘the Coltrane of the Hammond organ’ – and he remains one of the all-time heavyweight players of this majestic instrument – expanding its language from...

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Ten Essential Sun Ra Albums

Ten Essential Sun Ra Albums

Sun Ra was one of the most inventive and controversial musicians of the 20th century. Here are 10 key recordings plucked by Edwin Pouncey from Ra’s enormous discography that continues...

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Gregory Porter – street life

Gregory Porter – street life

Singing sensation Gregory Porter has come a long way since the UK release of his debut album, Water, in 2011 and his first ever worldwide front cover in Jazzwise in...

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Miles Davis and John Coltrane – Yin and Yang

Miles Davis and John Coltrane – Yin and …

How did John Coltrane and Miles Davis get on? The odd couple, with contrasting personalities on and off the bandstand. But together the music they produced was peerless, says Ashley...

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Miles Davis – highs and lows at Newport

Miles Davis – highs and lows at Newport

When the Newport Jazz Festival began in 1954, it became a barometer for all that was hot in jazz in 1950s America. As such it was the backdrop behind the...

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Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Uprising

Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Upr…

The emergence of Los Angeles saxophonist Kamasi Washington as one of the hottest names in jazz – thanks to the avalanche of music he unleashed on his remarkable triple-disc debut...

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Bud Powell - the Agony and the Ecstacy

Bud Powell - the Agony and the Ecstacy

Brian Priestley celebrates Bud Powell’s place at the forefront of modern jazz, revisits his achievements alongside Charlie Parker at the birth of bebop, and explores the darker side of Powell’s exceptional...

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Wes Montgomery – The Full Monty

Wes Montgomery – The Full Monty

More than four decades after his death, the music of Wes Montgomery continues to illuminate the jazz guitar world like a beacon. Jack Massarik reappraises the Indiana superstar’s life and...

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Billie Holidayʼs greatest recordings

Billie Holidayʼs greatest recordings

  Billie Holiday was one of the greatest singers of the 20th century and left an extraordinary legacy of recordings behind when she died at the age of 44 in 1959...

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Billie Holiday's ultimate triumph

Billie Holiday's ultimate triumph

When Stuart Nicholson’s biography of Billie Holiday was published in the USA it was nominated a “Notable Book of the Year” by The New York Times Review of Books. Here...

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Matthew Bourne and Franck Vigroux revisit Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity

Matthew Bourne and Franck Vigroux revisi…

  "When you play electronic music, you have the control of the imagination of the people in the room, and it can get to an extent where it's almost physical." (Ralf...

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Miles Davis – Tutu

Miles Davis – Tutu

Miles Davis biographer George Cole recalls the significance Tutu, regarded by many as Miles’ last major statement, and talks to his main collaborator on the album, Marcus Miller When the Tutu...

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Keith Jarrett – Point of Departure

Keith Jarrett – Point of Departure

A singular force in the realm of spontaneously created music, Keith Jarrett has an unmatched body of work that straddles both jazz and classical worlds. This is reflected in the...

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Steve Coleman – Body of Elements

Steve Coleman – Body of Elements

  Rhythm has always underscored saxophonist Steve Coleman’s 30-year recording career. Across some 27 albums as a leader, he’s exerted a vortex-like pull of ancient and modern sounds, blending deep African...

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Ten life-changing jazz piano trio recordings

Ten life-changing jazz piano trio record…

From Bud Powell in the early 1950s to Michael Wollny in 2013, via Ahmad Jamal, Duke Ellington, Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus, these are all outstanding jazz piano trio...

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JACO documentary: exclusive interview with film director Paul Marchand

JACO documentary: exclusive interview wi…

This month sees the long-awaited release of JACO – the documentary on the life and music of revered former Weather Report bassist Jaco Pastorius who died in 1987 aged 35...

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Sons of Kemet – Rhythms of Remembrance

Sons of Kemet – Rhythms of Remembrance

Sons of Kemet – the supercharged double-drums, tuba/sax four-piece led by clarinettist and saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings – arrived with a bang in 2013 with their aptly-titled, incendiary debut album, Burn...

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Phronesis – Above and Beyond

Phronesis – Above and Beyond

Since their breakthrough 2010 album, Alive, Scandi-Brit jazz trio Phronesis have been building an unrelenting momentum thanks to the special energy that sparks between bassist/band director Jasper Høiby, pianist Ivo...

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Kurt Elling – Out of This World

Kurt Elling – Out of This World

Kurt Elling’s richly resonant, subtly virtuosic voice is one of the most recognisable and celebrated in jazz earning him a Grammy for his 2009 album Dedicated To You alongside 10...

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Led Bib - Heavy Weather Warriors

Led Bib - Heavy Weather Warriors

Thirteen years after they first appeared on the UK scene with their rabid, hard-skronking take on the music of Zappa and Zorn, Led Bib were thinking about throwing in the...

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Miguel Zenón – Free State of Mind

Miguel Zenón – Free State of Mind

A series of critically-acclaimed albums combining serious East Coast vibes with Puerto Rican roots has bagged émigré alto-saxophonist Miguel Zenón a succession of high-profile prizes. Kevin Le Gendre spoke to...

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Trish Clowes - Inner Visions

Trish Clowes - Inner Visions

featSaxophonist Trish Clowes' latest album My Iris, on the Basho imprint, turns the sound of the traditional Hammond and guitar trio on its head – stretching the sonic possibilities into...

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Alison Rayner – Making Magic Happen

Alison Rayner – Making Magic Happen

Bassist and composer Alison Rayner has been a pillar of musical strength since boldly emerging as a Fender bass-toting force in 1970s feminist jazz-funk band Jam Today and 1980s all-women...

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Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chris Potter and The Necks power up Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chris Potter and Th…

There are some exciting additions to the 2017 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, which runs from 26 April to 1 May, with multi-Grammy Award-winning jazz diva Dee Dee Bridgewater set to appear...

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Raw Tonk Mini-Fest Heralds Full Feral Line-Up

Raw Tonk Mini-Fest Heralds Full Feral Li…

London-based rabble-rousers Raw Tonk unleash a blast of rancorous jazz-noise in celebration of their five years of existence on 25 March at Hundred Years Gallery, Shoreditch. The mini-festival, consisting of...

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Chris Potter heads up north for Inner City Ensemble dates

Chris Potter heads up north for Inner Ci…

US sax don Chris Potter is set to head up the second edition of the Jazz Directors series, following trumpeter Terence Blanchard's tenure in 2016, and lead the Inner City...

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Jazz FM Awards 2017 get down Under The Bridge

Jazz FM Awards 2017 get down Under The B…

The fourth edition of the Jazz FM Awards are set to take place at funky Chelsea venue Under The Bridge on 25 April. With nominees selected by a jazz industry...

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Madwort Amass Sax For Album Launch Summits

Madwort Amass Sax For Album Launch Summi…

  Bellowing horn-driven Baedekers, Madwort Saxophone Quartet, launch their forthcoming long-player on the Efpi imprint, Live At Hundred Years Gallery, with a batch of UK dates. Led by composer Tom Ward, the...

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