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    1. October 23, 2014

      Jimi: All Is by My Side – film review

      No need for me to waste your time getting into the reasons why biopics of famous musicians never work. The most mawkish of...

    2. July 4, 2014

      Musician whose songs put body into soul

      In the segregated society of Bobby Womack’s youth, the church was one of the few places of opportunity open to black...

    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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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,...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. June 10, 2006

      CDs & DVDs

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

    38. 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...

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