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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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mark Kavuma: Celebrating Lee Krasner: Living Colour & Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners

Read "Mark Kavuma: Celebrating Lee Krasner: Living Colour & Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners" reviewed by Chris May

Mark Kavuma Quintet
Barbican Art Gallery
Celebrating Lee Krasner: Living Colour & Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners
London
July 25, 2019

Tonight's event at the Barbican Art Gallery was a vivid audio-visual timewarp which transported the audience back to bohemian New York during the 1950s. The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

North Sea Jazz 2018

Read "North Sea Jazz 2018" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

North Sea Jazz
Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 13-15, 2018

Amidst the cornucopia of summertime festivals, there sits a juggernaut. That's North Sea Jazz, where a dozen performance spaces named after rivers around the world offer a sound garden of global delights. The full-tilt feast flows gloriously during the second full weekend of July ...

Take Five With Mike McKoy

Read "Take Five With Mike McKoy" reviewed by Mike McKoy

Meet Mike McKoy:
Mike McKoy is a former member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain with professional experience in musical theatre. He has performed in six European countries and aboard the Majesty of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises. He made his debut at London's Ronnie Scott's club opening for Elvin Jones ...

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Trudy Kerr and Geoff Gascoyne: The Rhythm of Life; Ted And Gladys

Read "The Rhythm of Life; Ted And Gladys" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Great male and female jazz vocal duos are rare as hen's teeth. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé? Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan? Now there's a pair of new kids on the block--Ted and Gladys. Or is there? Check the sleeve of The Rhythm Of Life: Ted & Gladys and all is not quite as it seems. ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Skelton Skinner All Stars / Clare Fischer Big Band / Ron Carter's Great Big Band

Read "Skelton Skinner All Stars / Clare Fischer Big Band / Ron Carter's Great Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Skelton Skinner Allstars Big Band

Cookin' with the Lid On

Diving Duck Records

2012

Back in the late 1950s, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs (with some help from his friends) put together an ensemble that became known as the Terry Gibbs Dream Band, took up residence in Hollywood and began blowing audiences ...

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Lea Delaria: Be A Santa

Read "Be A Santa" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Christmas can do strange things to musicians: there are plenty of artistic car crashes littering the road to Santa's Grotto. But sometimes an artist gets it right, by luck or by design, and a Yuletide project endures for many years. Vocalist, comedian and Broadway performer Lea DeLaria is, happily, in the latter camp with Be A ...