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Peter Jones is an experienced and versatile jazz singer who has played all over London and the southeast with some of the UK’s finest musicians. His three albums under his own name have received rave reviews. Mark McKergow of London Jazz News described Under the Setting Sun (2017) as an 'atmospheric and superbly- executed collection of late-night vibes and sentiments... This album succeeds brilliantly... a valuable and important collection for anyone remotely interested in contemporary jazz singing and song-writing.' His newest release is a project called Zoöphyte, whose album Signs of Life (2020) distils jazz, pop, soul and psychedelica to create a very contemporary sound palette


Article: Album Review

Tord Gustavsen Trio: Opening

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Tord Gustavsen's first three piano trio albums sold in unimaginable quantities, made him an unlikely star in his native Norway, and established him internationally. He became the living embodiment of the ECM sound—quiet, contemplative, solemn, spacious. In fact, so spacious, that at gigs one would sometimes wait a seeming eternity for the arrival of the next ...


Article: Live Review

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival Cheltenham, UK April 27-May 2, 2022 A prosperous Eighteenth Century spa town in the Cotswolds, chic Cheltenham is famed for its annual festivals, which now cover everything from horse racing to science. Taking place over six days leading up to the early May bank holiday weekend, its jazz festival ...


Article: Album Review

Joy Ellis: Peaceful Place

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The best piano trios are often those that have played together for many years, a notable example being the Marcin Wasilewski Trio, whose members have collaborated for more than two decades. These musical relationships become telepathic, creating the impression for the listener not of three musicians but of a single entity. Joy Ellis and her trio ...


Article: Album Review

Sly5thAve & Roberto Verastegui: Agua de Jamaica

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Despite its title, this genre-busting album has nothing to do with reggae or Jamaican dancehall. In fact, it's a fresh-as-paint melange of jazz, electro-pop and hip-hop. Agua de Jamaica is the work of a Texan and a Mexican: Sly5thAve (real name Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II) and Roberto Verástegui originally met as jazz students in Texas, and ...


Article: Profile

Beyond Afrobeat: Kokoroko's World of Black Music

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London-based octet Kokoroko has been led by trumpeter-vocalist Sheila Maurice-Grey since she formed it in 2014 with percussionist Onome Edgeworth. The band's original idea was to update Afrobeat for a 21st century audience, inspired by the likes of Ebo Taylor, Tony Allen, and Fela Kuti. It was the extraordinary public reaction to their first release--a single ...


Article: Profile

How Moonchild Put The Jazz Into Soul

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Last summer, an online-only big band called The Sages of Future Soul recorded their arrangement of Moonchild's “The List," featuring reeds wunderkind Alexa Tarantino. What strikes you on listening to the Sages' version is not so much that it has transcended its origins, but that the original tune has such inbuilt jazz sensibility. Moonchild's Andris Mattson ...


Article: Interview

Georgia Cécile's Brand New Timeless Classics

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While Gregory Porter was waiting backstage during his four-night run at London's Royal Albert Hall in October, some friends in the audience texted him: Your support act is dope! Glasgow-born singer and composer Georgia Cécile is indeed dope, and her talent—developed over the last ten years—is finally being recognized: in 2020 she was nominated ...


Article: Profile

Jarrod Lawson Heads For Europe

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Timing is everything in music, but launching an album in the midst of a global pandemic was not ideal for singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jarrod Lawson. As he prepares to embark on a European tour, he will finally get the chance to feature the music from his second album Be the Change in front of live ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Jon Hendricks: An Essential Top Ten Albums

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Considering he reached the ripe old age of 37 before recording an album, Jon Hendricks' jazz legacy is remarkable. Although a singer, in his head he was more of an instrumentalist. When he improvised, he would imitate the tenor saxophone, the flute, the trombone, or the double-bass. His professional singing career lasted from 1932, when he ...


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