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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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Christian Scott interview: “Not everyone in America enjoys the same type of freedom”

Christian Scott interview: “Not everyone…

New Orleans-born trumpeter Christian Scott has emerged over the last decade as a leading figure in the vanguard of younger musicians bringing jazz to a wider audience. Drawing on his...

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Such Sweet Thunder: inside Duke Ellington's literary world

Such Sweet Thunder: inside Duke Ellingto…

A crucial but frequently overlooked aspect of Duke Ellington's creative life was his engagement with literature. From Shakespeare to Steinbeck, Ellington's love of the written word inspired much of his...

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John Coltrane: Beyond the Holy Mountain

John Coltrane: Beyond the Holy Mountain

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of John Coltrane, one of the true musical giants of the 20th century whose monumental legacy casts a considerable shadow across...

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Thelonious Monk: essential recordings

Thelonious Monk: essential recordings

A completely unique pianist and composer, Thelonious Monk was born 100 years ago, in October 1917. His recordings (both live and in the studio) continue to inspire jazz musicians today...

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Ella Fitzgerald: essential recordings

Ella Fitzgerald: essential recordings

Ella Fitzgerald, whose centenary is being widely celebrated this year, left a huge legacy of classic recordings. Here's just a small sample of some of the finest currently available, complete...

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Twenty years of Jazzwise's Albums of the Year

Twenty years of Jazzwise's Albums of the…

Every year our writers vote for the recording that they think most deserves the accolade 'Album of the Year'. And here they are in all their glory - from 1997...

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Jazz in the 1960s: the ultimate guide to the greatest albums

Jazz in the 1960s: the ultimate guide to…

The quantity and diversity of great jazz albums recorded in the 1960s means that any list of great albums that claims to be in any way 'definitive' is on very...

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Jazz in the 1950s: the ultimate guide to the greatest albums

Jazz in the 1950s: the ultimate guide to…

If you are discovering jazz for the first time then you've just found the perfect place to start. And if you are a true aficionado then this list is sure...

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Weather Report: the life and times of the group on record

Weather Report: the life and times of th…

The March 2017 issue of Jazzwise features a fascinating new article about the legendary electric bass player Jaco Pastorius (subscribe here). To celebrate, we present a comprehensive profile of the...

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Omar Puente – fiddler on the hoof

Omar Puente – fiddler on the hoof

Dazzling Cuban expat violinist Omar Puente will be performing as part of the Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special Festival at Ronnie Scott's on 17 March. In a recent interview with Jazzwise...

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Soweto Kinch interview: "I see this real disconnect between the establishment bubble and what’s happening in society"

Soweto Kinch interview: "I see this…

Saxophonist Soweto Kinch will appear as part of the Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special Fesitval at Ronnie Scott's on 15 March. In a recent Jazzwise interview, Kevin Le Gendre got to...

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John McLaughlin – lighting the way

John McLaughlin – lighting the way

On 14 and 15 March, John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension will be playing at Ronnie Scott's as part of the Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special Festival. In this recent interview with...

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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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Zoe Rahman leads Inner City Ensemble with nine new talents on board

Zoe Rahman leads Inner City Ensemble wit…

Leading UK pianist Zoe Rahman is set to head up the third edition of Band On The Wall's Jazz Directors series, with the band chosen from an open audition process...

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Chris Barber Big Band keeps on swinging at Cardogan Hall

Chris Barber Big Band keeps on swinging …

At 87 Chris Barber is somewhat stooped and tends to ramble when addressing the audience. But in concert he remains a potent trombonist and leads a stunning 10-piece band. Tonight...

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Makaya McCraven, Ashley Henry RE:ENSEMBLE and Theon Cross Trio unite Chicago and London for International Anthems

Makaya McCraven, Ashley Henry RE:ENSEMBL…

Some of the most exciting names from London and Chicago's resurgent jazz scenes are set to come together for two nights under the banner CHICAGOXLONDON on 18-19 October at the Total...

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The Write Stuff adds new qualification for young writers aged 18-25

The Write Stuff adds new qualification f…

This year's Write Stuff music journalism course will return for its milestone 15th edition, with workshops held at the Southbank Centre during the EFG London Jazz Festival's opening and closing...

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Exclusive stream of ‘I Miss You’ – New single from Wayne Shorter produced seven-piece Holophonor

Exclusive stream of ‘I Miss You’ – New s…

Fast emerging US progressive jazz seven-piece Holophonor are set to release their second album, Light Magnet, on the World Galaxy label on 8 October. The band formed in 2012 following...

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Jace Clayton gets rebellious for his Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner at LSO St Luke’s

Jace Clayton gets rebellious for his Jul…

Among the more obscure exponents of minimalism and classical avant-garde, the late Julius Eastman was nonetheless a compelling composer and all round agent provocateur whose oeuvre resonates loudly in the...

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Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017 nominees announced

Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017 nominees …

  The nominees for the 2017 Parliamentary Jazz Awards have been announced and recognise a wide range of British jazz talent. Taking place on 10 October the awards ceremony will be...

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John Jack – 1933-2017

John Jack – 1933-2017

John Jack was one of those figures who seem to have always been on the London jazz scene, and it's hard to imagine it without him. Right up to his...

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