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Martin Speake: Intention

Read "Intention" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Celebrating his 60th birthday in April 2018, Martin Speake has been a stalwart of the British jazz scene for some forty years, initially playing with the saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers. He is lead alto saxophonist in the redoubtable London Jazz Orchestra and his teaching duties extend to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and London's ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Martin Speake: The Thinking Fan's Saxophonist

Read "Martin Speake: The Thinking Fan's Saxophonist" reviewed by Duncan Heining

British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake, is one of the most adventurous and articulate musicians in a music peppered with creative artists. That he is not a household name--even within the proscribed and marginalised world of jazz--says more about the times than it does about Speake or his single-minded approach to his art.

Speake combines ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Billy Jenkins Turns Sixty

Read "Billy Jenkins Turns Sixty" reviewed by Roger Farbey

On 5 July 2016 guitarist, composer, vocalist and philosopher Billy Jenkins hits the Big Six-O. It only seems five minutes ago that Jenkins played at the Purcell Room during 2010's London Jazz Festival, accompanied by the BBC Big Band to a suitably enraptured audience. He's been gigging and recording less in the past five years. His ...

ARTICLE: LONDON CALLING

Club Inégales: Where Everybody Knows Your Name...

Read "Club Inégales: Where Everybody Knows Your Name..." reviewed by Duncan Heining

If Club Inégales didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent it. What price a venue in the heart of jny: London with a policy as open-minded and eclectic as this? Club Inégales welcomes jazzers and free improvisers, baroque musicians and folk singers, poets and comedians, Japanese and Bengali percussionists and even the occasional passing shaman. ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind

Read "Martin Speake: The Unquiet Mind" reviewed by Duncan Heining

We have here three very fine CDs from British alto saxophonist, Martin Speake. Speake is classically trained and when I first heard him in the late 90s, he brought to jazz a tone that emphasised the clarity of each note and the purity of the melodic line that was quite unusual in a music more used ...

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Meet John Kelman

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I currently live in: Ottawa, Canada

I joined All About Jazz in: 2004

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? After deciding to start writing about music in about 2001, and starting at smaller websites, I was approached by All About Jazz in late 2003, with the question: “We've ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jack Davies: Inventing Himself

Read "Jack Davies: Inventing Himself" reviewed by Duncan Heining

"Jack's formal education has given him useful tools but above all he has drive and determination and ideas, which cannot be taught." class="f-right">--Colin Towns, composer, bandleader
and producer of The Jack Davies Big Band (V&V, 2012).



The jazz big band is a wondrous beast. Caught in movement and it's like a big cat, with ...

Jack Davies Big Band: The Jack Davies Big Band

Read "Jack Davies Big Band: The Jack Davies Big Band" reviewed by Chris May

Jack Davies Big Band

The Jack Davies Big Band

V&V Music

2012

With its debut album, trumpeter and composer Jack Davies' big band has joined an elite strand of British orchestras--Loose Tubes, flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler's outfits and Colin Towns' Mask Orchestra prominent among them--which have enriched and expanded the original big band ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nikki Iles: Meditation and Collaboration

Read "Nikki Iles: Meditation and Collaboration" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist and composer Nikki Iles describes herself as one of the “not- so-young-anymore generation" of British jazz musicians--a fair comment, in chronological terms, from a musician born in the mid-'60s. But more importantly, she's a musician of experience, expertise and talent, viewed with great respect by players across the world. Iles' self-description does seem to be ...

Secret Quartet: Bloor Street

Read "Bloor Street" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Una ritmica canadese ed una coppia di solisti tra i più quotati della nuova scena britannica, una etichetta che proprio di questi fermenti è la testimone più assidua ed ecco Bloor Street del Secret Quartet. Ma siamo piuttosto lontani dai prodotti piu' avventurosi e innovativi della Edition Records perché Bloor Street è jazz-jazz, raffinato, elegante, di gradevole ascolto, di ...