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  1. February 14, 2014

    The Ray Charles effect

    People who are missing one sense sometimes seem to develop extra sensitivity in others: blindness, for example, may lead to...

  2. May 15, 2013

    International Jazz Day, Hagia Eirene, Istanbul – review

    Herbie Hancock, for decades a part of the firmament of jazz, marvelled at the 1,700-year-old church in which he would soon...

  1. February 29, 2012

    Oxford university receives £26m

    Oxford university has received a £26m donation to fund more than 35 postgraduate scholarships a year from the widow of Ahmet...

  2. January 13, 2012

    Keeping up with Mr Jones

    Quincy Jones once produced a television show called The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a knockabout comedy starring Will Smith, a...

  3. December 7, 2011

    Marshall Allen and Sun Ra Arkestra, Café Oto, London

    The late Sun Ra always wrapped his boundary-bashing Arkestra with a hefty dollop of B-movie hokum – Egyptology, science...

  4. July 1, 2011

    BluesFest London, various venues

    The first BluesFest London, taking place this week across the capital, is the brainchild of Leo Green, former artistic...

  5. April 2, 2011

    Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones: Here We Go Again

    Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles (Blue Note) For...

  6. February 3, 2011

    20 questions: Maurice Lévy

    Born in 1942 in the Moroccan town of Oudja, close to the border with Algeria, Maurice Lévy joined Publicis in 1971. The next...

  7. December 10, 2010

    R Kelly: Love Letter

    R Kelly Love Letter (Jive) The cover shows R Kelly as Ray Charles, an immodest self-comparison. Yet it isn’t entirely...

  8. November 13, 2010

    Norah Jones: … Featuring

    Norah Jones … Featuring (Blue Note) This compilation of collaborations from Norah Jones’s career ranges from a genial blues...

  9. October 9, 2010

    David Sanborn: Only Everything

    David Sanborn Only Everything (Decca) The high-profile alto saxophonist continues to mine his early Ray Charles influences...

  10. May 7, 2010

    20 questions: Sol Kerzner, Kerzner International

    The son of Jewish immigrants, Sol Kerzner, 74, grew up in a poor Johannesburg suburb. In 1979, after building a number of...

  11. May 6, 2010

    20 questions: Sol Kerzner, Kerzner International

    The son of Jewish immigrants, Sol Kerzner, 74, grew up in a poor Johannesburg suburb. In 1979, after building a number of...

  12. September 8, 2009

    Obama can avoid midterm blues

    The Democratic party must be feeling a lot like a Louisiana ditch digger right now, wondering when this awful summer is...

  13. July 11, 2009

    Smokey ballads that still tug at the heartstrings

    From Mr Chip Marshall. Sir, Your readers’ choices for best pop loves songs are all worthy, but Peter Aspden’s conclusions...

  14. July 8, 2009

    David Sanborn

    David Sanborn was inspired to play saxophone when, aged 11, he heard saxophonists Fathead Newman and Hank Crawford with the...

  15. July 7, 2009

    David Sanborn, Barbican, London

    David Sanborn was inspired to play saxophone when, aged 11, he heard saxophonists Fathead Newman and Hank Crawford with the...

  16. May 6, 2009

    Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet

    Bronx-born clarinettist, saxophonist and composer Don Byron is one of the great conceptualists of jazz. His historically...

  17. May 5, 2009

    Don Byron, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Bronx-born clarinettist, saxophonist and composer Don Byron is one of the great conceptualists of jazz. His historically...

  18. November 11, 2008

    Accidental heroine who found greatness in political exile

    Miriam Makeba, the South African singer who died yesterday aged 76 after collapsing on stage in the southern Italian town...

  19. November 10, 2008

    S African singer found greatness in exile

    Miriam Makeba, the South African singer who died on Monday aged 76 after collapsing on stage in the southern Italian town of...

  20. September 27, 2008

    Jazz Mike Hobart

    Dave Holland Sextet Dare2 Lead track "The Sum of All Parts" lays out bassist/ bandleader Holland's band like pieces of a...

  21. September 15, 2008

    Stevie Wonder, O2 Arena, London

    It’s hard to be unsentimental about Stevie Wonder, the blind maestro who created some of pop’s sunniest music. Yet in truth...

  22. July 12, 2008

    Jazz - Mike Hobart

    Steve Turre Rainbow People High Note Ever since Steve Turre joined Rahsaan Roland Kirk in 1968, his gruff-but-silky,...

  23. April 26, 2008

    Starbucks curtails its musical ambitions

    Starbucks, the global coffee shop chain, this week abandoned its ambitions of playing a direct role in the music production...

  24. April 25, 2008

    Starbucks curtails its musical ambitions

    Starbucks, the global coffee shop chain, this week abandoned its ambitions of playing a direct role in the music production...

  25. March 15, 2008

    Jazz: Mike Hobart

    Javon Jackson Sugar Hill Chesky Records Subtitled "The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn", this is essentially a...

  26. March 13, 2008

    Davell Crawford, Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

    The gifted and quirky New Orleans pianist/vocalist Davell Crawford constantly tours Europe and South America, but somehow...

  27. November 10, 2007

    'A bareback horse race ended in front of a medieval church'

    Every great trip should be partly a detective story and a mystery of sorts presented itself to me as my plane touched down...

  28. November 9, 2007

    A horse race ends at a church

    Every great trip should be partly a detective story and a mystery of sorts presented itself to me as my plane touched down...

  29. November 3, 2007

    JAZZ MIKE HOBART

    Guy Barker The Amadeus Project Global Mix Top-ranking UK trumpeter Guy Barker shows off his writing skills on this double...

  30. September 22, 2007

    Pop John Mayer Royal Albert Hall, London

    You can learn something about a guitarist from their face when they solo. There's the Eric Clapton look, lips pursed in...

  31. September 21, 2007

    John Mayer, Royal Albert Hall, London

    You can learn something about a guitarist from their face when they solo. There’s the Eric Clapton look, lips pursed in...

  32. March 21, 2007

    Sir Paul signs Starbucks record deal

    Sir Paul McCartney has become the first artist signed by a new record label set up by Starbucks, as the coffee chain seeks...

  33. February 23, 2007

    ‘Opera houses are a rich man’s toy’

    Raymond Gubbay does not wear his impresario tag well. In a woolly blue jumper and sensible trousers he resembles an...

  34. July 27, 2006

    A glorious career at the heart of the avant garde

    When you’re talking marketing mileage, back catalogues are the gifts that keep on giving. Some have more in the tank than...

  35. June 10, 2006

    CDs & DVDs

    Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony Vladimir Jurowski London Philharmonic Orchestra You only need listen to the first few bars of...

  36. March 18, 2006

    Pampering Pleasure - Affairs of the Hearth

    Manhattan experienced its biggest snowfall a while back - 26 inches of powder worthy of Whistler. The next day, great...

  37. February 1, 2006

    Farewell blues for jazzman Greenspan

    According to an old jazzman's adage "you gotta kick out the jams, or get off the stand", which means "play skilfully, or go...

  38. July 28, 2005

    TCM 9.00pm

    TCM 9.00pm Peckinpah was not at his best during the shoot for this tough thriller, but he was sufficiently shrewd to see...

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