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WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz

Read "WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

After a lifetime in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a style which, while anchored in the American tradition, reflects the modern Caribbean and African cultural heritages of the majority of its vanguard players. The music also addresses the race, class ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier

Read "Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The following is an excerpt is from “Chapter 9: The Eighties or Graham Collier -The Wilderness Years" of Mosaics: The Life and Works of Graham Collier by Duncan Heining (Equinox Publishing, 2018). All Rights Reserved. The late Graham Collier was a bandleader, a composer and a jazz educator. As far as this latter ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

April 2018: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Binker and Moses, Yazz Ahmed.

Read "April 2018:  Cécile McLorin Salvant, Binker and Moses, Yazz Ahmed." reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Episode 137 looks at recordings by Sophie Milman, Rene Marie, Monica Zetterlund, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. We discuss the jazz content in each release, the vocal approach of each singer, and the elusive concept of sultriness. Female jazz singers are often packaged and sold as sex objects. Some are more comfortable expressing their sensual sides than ...

Alina Bzhezhinska: Inspiration

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Among the highpoints of London's 2017 jazz diary was the Barbican Centre's A Concert for Alice and John. The event commemorated the 50th and 10th anniversaries of the passing of John Coltrane and Alice Coltrane. It was headlined by Pharoah Sanders, the most distinguished surviving member of bands led by the Coltranes, who turned in an ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years Of The London Jazz Festival

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Music From Out There, In Here: 25 Years Of The London Jazz Festival Emma Webster, George McKay 136 Pages University Of East Anglia 2017 There was a time when London had more jazz festivals than you could shake a stick at. Most, however, have disappeared, leaving the London Jazz Festival, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Improvised Music Company: Orbital Pathways, Gravitational Pull

Read "Improvised Music Company:  Orbital Pathways, Gravitational Pull" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Arguably some of the most dramatic changes in jazz have taken place in the last quarter of its century-long history: the emergence of a strong European jazz identity/identities; technological advances that empower individuals to become their own producers; Youtube, which has all but erased the boundary between past and present; the increase in pedagogical institutions; pan-national ...

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Nikki Yeoh: Solo Gemini

Read "Solo Gemini" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist and composer Nikki Yeoh makes her solo debut with Solo Gemini. The title encapsulates the performer and the performance--a solo piano recording by musician with the star-sign of the Heavenly Twins. Yeoh shares a birthday with Bob Dylan, but her musical style is far removed from that particular troubadour. Solo Gemini encompasses music ...

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Gerard Presencer & Danish Radio Big Band: Groove Travels

Read "Groove Travels" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Something of a child prodigy Gerard Presencer became a member of Britain's acclaimed National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 1983 at a mere eleven years of age and NYJO's youngest trumpeter. Along with other young talented UK musicians such as Courtney Pine and Tommy Smith, Presencer was part of a new wave of British jazz. He's played ...

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Live From Old York: Courtney Pine, Zoe Rahman, Ben Bedford & Colum Sands

Read "Live From Old York: Courtney Pine, Zoe Rahman, Ben Bedford & Colum Sands" reviewed by Martin Longley

Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman Pocklington Arts Centre May 5, 2015 Courtney Pine's recent explorations have contrasted massively with the bulk of his career. Most of the time, he's fronted a fairly large, pretty driving and somewhat dense ensemble, its details changing but its powered, festival-orientated stance remaining quite ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Andy Sheppard: Tales From the Bristol Underground Jazz Revolution

Read "Andy Sheppard: Tales From the Bristol Underground Jazz Revolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson

"Jazz has always been an underground thing. It doesn't have the power and might of opera, but it should," says Andy Sheppard, shortly after the UK premier of Surrounded by Sea (ECM, 2015) at the Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival. “Everyone in the music industry has a respect for jazz music, and they should, I think, ...


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