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Zara McFarlane: Embodying the Spirit of Jamaica

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Zara McFarlane may have been made in Britain, but she belongs to Jamaica. The land of her mother and father is written in her soul and vibrates through her music. You can feel it in the bewitching rhythms and hear it in the socio-conscious words--both elements of reggae -that inform her distinctive version of jazz, especially ...

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Denys Baptiste: Making the Late Trane Accessible

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Even the most avowed John Coltrane disciples among us would admit to grappling with some of the albums he released in the couple of years before his death--the likes of Ascension, Sun Ship and Om. And we weren't alone. His long-time drummer, Elvin Jones, told Downbeat magazine, “At times I couldn't hear what I was doing--matter ...

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Courtney Pine: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

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Courtney Pine didn't pick up his beloved tenor saxophone for more than a decade, until an album exploring the black British experience demanded it. The multi-instrumentalist eschewed the horn on the likes of Europa, House of Legends and Song (The Ballad Book), his two-hander with pianist Zoe Rahman.

“I spoke to Sonny Rollins about ...

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Soweto Kinch: A Singular Jazz Odyssey

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Soweto Kinch was a curious teenager when an encounter with Wynton Marsalis impelled him on his own jazz odyssey. An odyssey characterised by the creation of dynamic new soundscapes in the spirit of the music's great innovators, on landmark albums such as A Life in the Day of B19: Tales of the Tower Block, The Legend ...

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Tony Bennett at Birmingham Symphony Hall

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Tony Bennett
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Birmingham, UK
July 3, 2017

The ghost of Frank Sinatra crackled over the PA, introducing Tony Bennett as “the greatest singer in the world." He was, The Voice declared, “gonna tear the place up"--a boast that seemed hardly credible as the dapper nonagenarian ...