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Yazz Ahmed

Yazz Ahmed is a British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer who seeks to blur the lines between jazz, electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage. Her music has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’. In recent years she has led her various ensembles in concerts around the UK and abroad, including performances in New York, Toronto, Kuwait, Algiers, Berlin, Köln, Paris, Istanbul, Tunis and Amsterdam, and at major festivals such as WOMAD, Molde Jazz, Pori Jazz and Love Supreme. Yazz has also recorded and performed with Radiohead, Lee Scratch Perry, Nile Rodgers, ABC, Swing Out Sister, Joan as Police Woman, Tarek Yamani, Amel Zen and toured the world with These New Puritans

Article: Live Review

Udin&Jazz 2022

Read "Udin&Jazz 2022" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Udin&Jazz 2022 Teatro Palamostre Udine 12-16.7.2022 Dopo tre anni di “esilio" a Grado, a seguito della (anche coraggiosa) decisione di non collaborare con l'amministrazione cittadina, per la sua trentaduesima edizione Udin&Jazz è tornato nella sua sede originaria con un programma giustamente diversificato, articolato su cinque giorni: nei primi tre una bella ...

Article: Book Review

Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century

Read "Ugly Beauty - Jazz In The 21st Century" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Ugly Beauty Phil Freeman 250 pagine ISBN: #978-1-78904-632-8 Zer0 Books 2021 Critico musicale da tempo presente nelle riviste musicali e nei blog statunitensi e inglesi (The Wire, Down Beat, Jazziz, The Village Voice, Stereogum ecc...) Phil Freeman si occupa sia di jazz che di metal (è stato capo ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Ill Considered - Reconsidered

Read "Ill Considered - Reconsidered" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


London Calling, AgainAround 2010, the South London jazz scene began breaking with tradition for an alternative union of music rooted in global cultures. It represented a fundamental change in the way young Londoners related to music; the rhythms were infused with hip hop, spiritual jazz, dubstep, funk, groove, reggae, and future soul in various combinations. In ...

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News: Festival

Festival Of New Trumpet Music 2021 announces Brass Without Borders, September 8-15, 2021

Festival Of New Trumpet Music 2021 announces Brass Without Borders, September 8-15, 2021

A GLOBAL CELEBRATION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY DIVERSITY IN CURRENT MUSIC FOR THE TRUMPET For almost 20 years, the Festival Of New Trumpet Music has embraced innovation and the unheard. Led by Dave Douglas, this small festival defies stylistic categories and presents exciting music centered around the trumpet each year, in previous years at clubs and stages ...

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Article: Album Review

Andrew Woolf: Song Unsung

Read "Song Unsung" reviewed by Chris May


Although London-based tenor saxophonist Andrew Woolf has been releasing records since 2012, Song Unsung is the first he has issued under his own name. His debut, which was actually recorded in 2008, was the EP Soma Quartet (Self Produced), made by Woolf, electric guitarist Ryan Williams, double bassist Will Collier and trumpeter Joe Auckland. The disc ...

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Article: Book Review

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Read "Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz" reviewed by Chris May


Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz David Burke 240 Pages ISBN: 9781908755483 Desert Hearts 2021 David Burke's survey of British jazz musicians of colour does not begin promisingly. The first sentence of his Foreword reads: “Jazz is, of course, African-American in provenance, just as the greatest ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Tomorrow’s Warriors: The Sound of London, Part 1

Read "Tomorrow’s Warriors: The Sound of London, Part 1" reviewed by Russell Perry


jny: London has always been home to a thriving jazz scene. Several things distinguish that scene today—the gender and racial diversity of the players, their achievement at a young age and the wide range of musical influences from hip-hop, club sounds and the African and Caribbean diaspora. Much of this diversity has its roots in the ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diverse Journeys in British Jazz

Giant Steps: Diversity Journeys in British Jazz features conversations with many of the artists who have engineered the cultural transformation of British jazz over the past four decades. A new wave of the genre emerged in the 1980s, spearheaded by the Jazz Warriors, a collective of black musicians which launched the careers of bassist Gary Crosby, ...

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Article: Year in Review

Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Chris May’s Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Chris May


Not the best year for live gigs in London, but Dele Sosimi's Afrobeat Orchestra just made it under the wire, lighting up the Jazz Cafe in late January. Rather like Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Sosimi's band has form as an incubator of young talent. A recent star in the making was trumpeter Ife Ogunjobi, who has ...


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