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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mike Westbrook Orchestra: Catania

Read "Catania" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A major figure in British jazz since the late 1950s, composer-pianist Mike Westbrook continues to write, perform and record at a rate of knots which would leave contenders half his 83 years on the ropes. Four albums since 2016, including--after a gap of forty years—not one but two solo piano recordings, are testament to the creative ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Sax Section: Oh Gee!

The Sax Section: Oh Gee!

From time to time, I post on albums that showcase saxophone sections. What can I say, I'm a sucker for reeds. The last time I posted on such an album was in June, when I wrote about Jay Cameron's International Sax Band from 1955 and provided a long list of my favorite sax section albums (go ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet
Ronnie Scott's
EFG London Jazz festival
November 20, 2014

One of the most pleasing aspects of the EFG London Jazz Festival is its reach into the many jazz clubs dotted around the capital. Whilst the concert halls host the big names and draw the tourists ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

The 2014 British Jazz Awards: The Results

The Winners of the 28th British Jazz Awards are announced today across the 12 solo instrument categories, two sections for bands and two trade awards to record companies. Known as the Jazz Oscars, The British Jazz Awards have been presented every year since 1987 and have long been established as the most important jazz awards in this ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sax Appeal: Funkerdeen

Read "Funkerdeen" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Three decades since it was established, by leader and alto player Derek Nash, the UK's Sax Appeal still retains the fire and enthusiasm of youth--and a five saxophone front line that's more than capable of translating that energy into a big, bold, crowd-pleasing sound. Funkerdeen is the band's sixth album. As the title suggests, funk is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Linley Hamilton: Right On The Wavelength

Read "Linley Hamilton: Right On The Wavelength" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Trumpeter Linley Hamilton has been a mainstay of the Northern Irish jazz scene for well over two decades. An in-demand session musician, Hamilton has played on over a hundred recordings of various stripes, lending his burnished tone to rock and pop artists and singer-songwriters alike. But it's as a jazz musician, jazz educator, jazz radio broadcaster, ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

First Names For Brecon Jazz 30th Pay Tribute To Origins

First Names For Brecon Jazz 30th Pay Tribute To Origins

Brecon Jazz 2014 is the 30th anniversary year of the world-famous festival, and in tribute, the organizer Orchard has announced the first few names for August 8-10, with appearances by trumpeter Warren Vaché and renowned local band Mike Harries and the Root Doctors who both played at the first ever Brecon Jazz in 1984, a reunited ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Buck Clayton Legacy Band: Claytonia

Read "Claytonia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Buck Clayton, an acclaimed trumpet soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra in the late 1930s and early '40s, had lip surgery in 1969 that all but ended his playing career. After setting the trumpet aside for good in 1979, he turned full-time to composing and arranging, and the Buck Clayton Big Band made its debut in ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Brecon Jazz 2013 Hosts Best Of Contemporary Jazz

Brecon Jazz 2013 Hosts Best  Of Contemporary Jazz

The stunning Brecon Beacons in the heart of Wales will resonate to the sound of some of the very best in contemporary jazz as Brecon Jazz returns on the weekend of the 9th-11th August with a stellar line-up to suit a broad range of tastes. Saxophonist Courtney Pine presents his House of Legends band at the Market ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...