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Yazz Ahmed & The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra

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Yazz Ahmed / The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman
Milton Court Concert Hall
Yazz Ahmed & The Guildhall Jazz Orchestra
London
November 27, 2019

Performances by student orchestras rarely qualify as must-see events. Audiences tend to be composed of fellow students and friends and ...

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50th Anniversary Blue Notes (September 1969) & More

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First show of the month and that means September Blue Note 50th anniversary celebrations of sessions by Elvin Jones, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and Candido. In honor of Blue Note's 80th anniversary we go way back in the vault to continue our numerical issue 78 rpm retrospective— this time BN-13 from Sidney Bechet. There's 21st century ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

WOKE JAZZ: The Fast-Forward Evolution of British Jazz

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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 ...

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Steve Williamson & Guildhall Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Coltrane at Milton Court

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Steve Williamson / Guildhall Jazz Orchestra / Scott Stroman
Milton Court Concert Hall
Celebrating Coltrane
London
July 10, 2019

The word “legendary" is bandied around so indiscriminately these days that it has all but lost its meaning. London saxophonist Steve Williamson is among a tiny number ...

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Binker Golding Quartet and Denys Baptiste Quartet at the London Saxophone Festival

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Binker Golding Quartet / Denys Baptiste Quartet
London Saxophone Festival
The Jazz Cafe
London
May 23, 2019

The launch event for the 2019 London Saxophone Festival, which runs until June 16, featured two of the most edge-of-your-seat, high impact, kick-out-the-jams tenor saxophone-led bands in the recorded history of British jazz. ...

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Electronic Explorations in Afro-Cuban and UK Jazz

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Sarah Tandy, Yussef Dayes, Kevin Haynes, Adel Gomez, Feliciano Arango, Seiji
Milton Court Concert Hall
Electronic Explorations in Afro-Cuban and UK Jazz
London
May 12, 2019

Jazz and Cuban music intersections go back to the 1910s and pianist Jelly Roll Morton's embrace of what he called “the Spanish tinge." Things ...

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Brad Mehldau, Sarah Tandy, Billy Mohler & More

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A catching-up session with gorgeous new and upcoming releases, featuring tons of fascinating debut albums that reassure us about the future of jazz (special mention for Billy Mohler's Focus, Sarah Tandy's Infection in the Sentence, Terraza Big Band's One Day Wonder and the Heartland Trio's eponymous album) hand in hand with new works by established masters ...

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SEED Ensemble: Driftglass

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After decades in the shadow of its American parent, British jazz is finally coming of age. A community of young, London-based musicians is forging a rebooted style which reflects both the Caribbean and African musical heritages of the majority of its vanguard players and also locally created musics such as grime and garage. Jazz was created ...

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Sarah Tandy: Infection In The Sentence

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Sarah Tandy made a mark on the alternative London jazz scene three years ago as the pianist on alto saxophonist Camilla George's luminous debut, Isang (Ubuntu). More recently, she has played piano and keyboards on two other headline albums: George's The People Could Fly (Ubuntu, 2018), and alto saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi's SEED Ensemble's debut, ...

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Berlin Jazzfest 2017

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Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Jazzfest Berlin
Berlin
November 4-5, 2017

This year it was the last edition of Berlin Jazzfest under the aegis of British artistic director Richard Williams. With its “In All Languages" adage running through the six-day program as red thread, the festival still had promising ...