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    1. June 2, 2014

      Sun Ra Arkestra, Barbican, London – review

      Sun Ra’s music bristled with multiphonics and ad hoc ensemble work that was decidedly ragged at the edges. He carved out...

    2. March 30, 2014

      A Musical Celebration of the Life of Stan Tracey, Ronnie Scott’s, London – review

      When Stan Tracey died last December, he left a musical legacy steeped in the wry, sharp-witted spirit of postwar Soho....

    1. March 7, 2014

      First Person: Anne Phillips

      I came out of the womb singing and playing the piano. My father was a yarn salesman and my mother was a housewife. Much to...

    2. February 20, 2014

      The tax credit that costs NY its cool

      Events in New York this week reminded me of an old saying of Solomon Burke, the late great soul singer. “Sometimes you get...

    3. January 10, 2014

      Saul Zaentz, film and music mogul, 1921-2014

      No one, a wag once said of the producer Saul Zaentz, “was better at taking care of the books”. It was a two-edged tribute....

    4. May 1, 2013

      A guide beyond leadership legends and all that jazz

      The ‘I’ of Leadership: Strategies for Seeing, Being and Doing By Nigel Nicholson, Wiley, £18.99 This is the first management...

    5. December 28, 2012

      Bassist instinct

      Charles Mingus had prodigious appetites, a passion for justice and a filthy temper. He once smashed a treasured double bass...

    6. August 24, 2012

      Duke Ellington: The Private Collection

      Duke Ellington’s commercially recorded releases in the mid 20th century were, well, decidedly commercial. To redress the...

    7. November 5, 2011

      Duke Ellington: Meets Coleman Hawkins/And John Coltrane

      This terrific re-issue combines a classic Ellington small-group album featuring the founding father of jazz saxophone with a...

    8. June 3, 2011

      Cleo Laine, Ronnie Scott’s, London

      Cleo Laine’s natural contralto still soars into the upper register, swoops to a low-toned whisper and turns sentiment to...

    9. May 3, 2011

      Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, UK

      Norwegian good: Tord Gustavsen Cheltenham’s annual jazz festival signalled business as usual with a well-loved opener, Dame...

    10. April 29, 2011

      Precious little outrage

      Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, is the US cultural institution’s latest word on what constitutes the jazz canon. This CD...

    11. March 12, 2011

      Delfeayo Marsalis: Sweet Thunder

      Delfeayo Marsalis Sweet Thunder (Troubador Jass Records) The Shakespeare-inspired orchestral vignettes of Such Sweet...

    12. December 22, 2010

      Nut/Cracked, Dance Theater Workshop, New York

      You know a comedy revue is in trouble when it elicits the sleepy thought, “Yeah, that’s a funny idea”, without making you...

    13. December 20, 2010

      Ailey/JazzCity Center, New York

      Three Black Kings has lain dormant almost since Alvin Ailey created it for a massive Duke Ellington celebration that he...

    14. November 19, 2010

      The golden age of Duke Ellington

      Duke Ellington, around 1940 In 1931, as the great depression was biting its hardest, Duke Ellington left the economic...

    15. June 22, 2010

      Barnstorming nights of swing

      American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has trenchant views on what is appropriate to jazz, and what defines it. Chief among them...

    16. June 21, 2010

      Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra/Wynton Marsalis, Barbican, London

      Wynton Marsalis at Stoke Newington Town Hall American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has trenchant views on what is appropriate...

    17. April 5, 2010

      Water from an ancient well

      Over a more-than-50-year career, Abdullah Ibrahim has played many parts. There was the 20-year-old who walked from Cape Town...

    18. April 4, 2010

      Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, Anvil, Basingstoke

      Austere pleasures: Abdullah Ibrahim’s music has taken a subtly mystical turn in recent years Over a more-than-50-year...

    19. December 23, 2009

      Great jazz pianists step into the limelight

      Art Tatum at the keyboard in 1940 The jazz piano trio, a specialism with its own lineage and admirers, is currently in rude...

    20. August 22, 2009

      Small Talk: Aleksandar Hemon

      Stranded in Chicago in 1992 while his native Sarajevo was under siege, Bosnian journalist Aleksandar Hemon decided to...

    21. April 15, 2009

      Gospel truth, classic blues

      The broad sweep of this year's Cheltenham jazz festival, which opens on April 28, begins with a jazz and gospel experiment...

    22. April 14, 2009

      Gospel truth, classic blues

      Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, UK The broad sweep of this year’s Cheltenham jazz festival, which opens on April 28,...

    23. August 9, 2008

      World David Honigmann

      Paul Carlon Octet Roots Propaganda Deep Tone Paul Carlon, a New York saxophonist, makes explicit the Cuban and Latin roots...

    24. May 24, 2008

      What goes around

      Over his 50-year career as a musician, Abdullah Ibrahim has played to a wide range of audiences. As a Capetonian ingénue...

    25. April 28, 2008

      Sharp notes with innuendo

      On April 10, jazz trumpeter Humphrey Lyttelton performed at the Bull's Head pub in Barnes, south-west London, 42 years...

    26. April 26, 2008

      Jazz - Mike Hobart

      Mary Lou Williams A Grand Night for Swinging High Note This welcome discovery from a 1976 club date captures Williams in...

    27. March 8, 2008

      Wider still and wider, shall thy bounds be set

      Here are some musical highlights from last year that Londoners were able to enjoy and that had something in common: the...

    28. January 29, 2008

      Grand celebration for Monsieur Petit

      Two special performances last week in Geneva's Grand Théâtre were given to celebrate the choreographies of Roland Petit,...

    29. January 28, 2008

      Grand celebration for Monsieur Petit

      Soirée Roland Petit Grand Théâtre, Geneva Two special performances last week in Geneva’s Grand Théâtre were given to...

    30. November 29, 2007

      A magnificent flying machine

      When the company toured Maurice Béjart’s version of The Firebird this year, the choreographer was very much alive. It was...

    31. September 29, 2007

      Cassandra Wilson - JAZZ

      On record, Cassandra Wilson is the nearest thing jazz has to a diva. She is a superb technician who stamps her mark with a...

    32. September 11, 2007

      Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Sadlers Wells Theatre, London

      It's amazing what a smile and a shimmy can achieve. I'm not being flippant - the most endearing quality of this dance...

    33. September 10, 2007

      Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

      It’s amazing what a smile and a shimmy can achieve. I’m not being flippant – the most endearing quality of this dance troupe...

    34. September 1, 2007

      DANCE

      Alvin Ailey Company Sadler's Wells, London EC1 Sadler's Wells hosts the return of the Alvin Ailey Company from Tuesday...

    35. July 24, 2007

      Wynton Marsalis, Barbican, London

      At this gig, the American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis presented the opulent textures and dazzling dynamics of the Lincoln...

    36. June 15, 2007

      Stan Tracey Octet, Ronnie Scott’s, London

      The 80-year-old London-born British modern jazz pianist has the knack of sounding indisputably British while wearing his...

    37. June 6, 2007

      Mingus Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, London

      The Mingus Big Band has spent 15 years performing the composed legacy of Charles Mingus, the bass player and composer who...

    38. March 3, 2007

      Monument to self-improvement

      It took a while, the best part of 200 years, but Washington, DC, has finally hit its stride, for residents and visitors...

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