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Article: Interview

Alex Clarke: She Does It Her Way

Read "Alex Clarke: She Does It  Her Way" reviewed by Chris May


Coming up fast behind the school of British saxophonists who emerged around 2015 is a younger group of players who are just beginning to get noticed. Among them is Alex Clarke, who was a finalist in Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC's biannual Young Jazz Musician competition in 2020. In the televised final in November, Clarke ...

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Article: Album Review

Alex Clarke Quartet: Mirage

Read "Mirage" reviewed by Chris May


The bi-annual Young Jazz Musician competition was launched by Britain's public service broadcaster, the BBC, in 2014. As with all arts awards, the final selection tends to be a lottery, with the judges tasked with picking a winner from among five close-matched contestants. 2020 was no exception. The final was televised on November 22 and the ...

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Article: Album Review

Alan Skidmore: After The Rain

Read "After The Rain" reviewed by Duncan Heining


In 1998, with After The Rain British saxophonist Alan Skidmore got to achieve a lifetime ambition to record this beautiful 'jazz with strings' album. Out of print for some time, its reissue is well overdue. It was once a cliché in the jazz world amongst critics that records such as this represented a descent into the ...

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Article: Live Review

Kurt Elling at Bing Concert Hall

Read "Kurt Elling at Bing Concert Hall" reviewed by Lily O'Brien


Kurt Elling Stanford Jazz / Bing Concert Hall Palo Alto, CA February 27, 2016 Kurt Elling is full of it--talent that is. As a vocalist, performer and writer/poet, he is just, simply--off the charts. His performance for Stanford Live at Bing Concert Hall, at Stanford University in Palo Alto on Saturday, ...

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Article: Live Review

Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's

Read "Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet at Ronnie Scott's" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Asian Jazz All-Stars Power Quartet Ronnie Scott's EFG London Jazz festival November 20, 2014 One of the most pleasing aspects of the EFG London Jazz Festival is its reach into the many jazz clubs dotted around the capital. Whilst the concert halls host the big names and draw the tourists ...

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News: Festival

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival Returns September 14 - 20

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival Returns September 14 - 20

The Hong Kong International Jazz Festival returns for its eighth edition with an enticing offering of jazz of very different stripes over four days. Jazz festivals in Hong Kong have has a checkered history over the past quarter of a century but thanks to the eternal enthusiasm and the unstinting efforts of the Hong Kong Jazz ...

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Article: Scumbles

Jazz in the UK now

Read "Jazz in the UK now" reviewed by Sammy Stein


The jazz scene in the UK is buzzing at the moment. Clubs whose managers not so long ago were faced with the difficult decision whether to continue offering new sounds to a dwindling audience or turn themselves into a wine bar--offering small slices of live music to appease their consciences perhaps--are finding it was worth hanging ...

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Article: Album Review

Stan Tracey: The Flying Pig

Read "The Flying Pig" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Stan Tracey is one of the most highly regarded British jazz musicians of any era. Doesn't matter who you speak to--fans, critics or fellow musicians such as Guy Barker, John Surman, Evan Parker or Keith Tippett--Tracey's story is, in many ways, the history of post-war British jazz. This new CD, Flying Pig, is more than a ...

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Article: Album Review

David Redmond: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Irish bassist David Redmond is nothing if not versatile, playing in the thrilling World music outfit Yurodny and in the small jazz combos of pianist Phil Ware, drummer Kevin Brady and veteran guitarists Tommy Hafferty and Louis Stewart. Belfast's Soulman Van Morrison has also called upon Redmond's services. Across the pond, to use Irish parlance, Redmond's ...


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