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Django Bates

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Django was born in a house near New Beckenham Station. A ropy, semitone flat D'Almaine Piano was the most fascinating toy in the house. He found the clatter of railway workers working throughout the night comforting, but had reoccurring nightmares about a Hippopotamus head slowly moving from one side of the ceiling to the other, and of having fluttering moths stuck between his toes. When he was three and a half, Django and sister Paddy were taken by their parents, Frances and Ralf, on a tour of Europe. They travelled in a motorbike and side-car. The door kept flying open as they trundled through France, Austria, Italy, Romania and Yugoslavia

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Article: Interview

Julia Perminova: The Way to Her Star

Read "Julia Perminova: The Way to Her Star" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Originally born in the United States, jazz has become a language that people speak all over the world. For Julia Perminova, a pianist and composer from the Siberian city of Tyumen, now living in Basel, Switzerland, jazz is a native language. Although her music talent was natural, her hard work and true passion have made her ...

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Article: Live Review

Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions

Read "Vossa Jazz 2022: In Three Dimensions" reviewed by Josef Woodard


Vossa Jazz Festival Voss, Norway March 31-April 2, 2022 Like many jazz festivals trying to find a safe passage through the challenging pandemic hurdles, Norway's venerable Vossa Jazz festival kept the faith via “Plan B" operations in the past two years. Hybrid streaming and live models and a pared-down festival last September ...

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Article: Album Review

Ivo Neame: Glimpses of Truth

Read "Glimpses of Truth" reviewed by Chris May


"The Rise of The Lizard People," the title of the scene-setting opening track on Ivo Neame's Glimpses Of Truth, was prompted by an article Neame read which claimed that 12 million Americans believe that interstellar lizards run the United States. Only 12 million? In a country with a population approaching 332 million, around half of whose ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Django Bates

Jazz Musician of the Day: Django Bates

All About Jazz is celebrating Django Bates' birthday today! Django was born in a house near New Beckenham Station. A ropy, semitone flat D'Almaine Piano was the most fascinating toy in the house. He found the clatter of railway workers working throughout the night comforting, but had reoccurring nightmares about a Hippopotamus head slowly moving from ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Size Matters: (Mostly New) Jazz for Big Bands and Orchestras, Part 4

Read "Size Matters: (Mostly New) Jazz for Big Bands and Orchestras, Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In the early days of jazz, “Orchestra" was used to identify bands larger than a septet. Nowadays, jazz orchestras and big bands are much larger than that, like those we feature in our final installment of our mini-series dedicated to (mostly new and upcoming) releases by big bands and orchestras which can be found at the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

England vs. Italy: A Jazz Re-match, Second Half

Read "England vs. Italy: A Jazz Re-match, Second Half" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome to the second half of England-Italy, a jazz rematch [for the first half click here]. England and Italy have both championed jazz very early on, and they have been among the first European jazz scenes to develop a recognizable accent in how they speak the jazz language, light-heartedness and sense of humour being integral aspects ...

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Article: Album Review

Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra: Tales from the Jacquard

Read "Tales from the Jacquard" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


L'eredità orchestrale britannica, rappresentata dagli eclettici lavori di Mike Gibbs, Mike Westbrook, Django Bates e Colin Towns, si rinnova in questo brillante debutto da bandleader di Julian Siegel. Nato a Nottingham 55 anni fa, Siegel è uno dei massimi sassofonisti del Regno Unito, leader di un quartetto e sideman in molte formazioni orchestrali: da ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Read "Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz" reviewed by David Burke


The following is a revised excerpt from “Chapter 3: Full Force Gail" of Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz by David Burke (Desert Hearts, 2021). In the 1980s, a new generation of black British musicians began to reconfigure the country's jazz scene, changing the face -and sound-of what had previously been a ...

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Article: Album Review

Ken Stubbs - Big Hush: I Us

Read "I Us" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi


Ken Stubbs (classe 1961) diventa musicista dopo aver visto la morte in faccia all'età di 14 anni quando salta da un treno in corsa pieno di tifosi, suoi compari, dei Glasgow Rangers. Tanta paura, diverse costole rotte e la decisione di chiudere con il calcio e di cambiare passione. Si innamora del sassofono alto e, dopo ...


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