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Louis Armstrong – was he really the greatest?

Louis Armstrong – was he really the grea…

The first and greatest soloist and improviser in Jazz, Louis Armstrong, nonetheless, has been misrepresented in jazz history, says Stuart Nicholson. Was he really the greatest thing in jazz? It is...

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Weather Report: the life and times of the group on record

Weather Report: the life and times of th…

The March 2017 issue of Jazzwise features a fascinating new article about the legendary electric bass player Jaco Pastorius (subscribe here). To celebrate, we present a comprehensive profile of the...

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Omar Puente – fiddler on the hoof

Omar Puente – fiddler on the hoof

Dazzling Cuban expat violinist Omar Puente will be performing as part of the Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special Festival at Ronnie Scott's on 17 March. In a recent interview with Jazzwise...

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Soweto Kinch interview: "I see this real disconnect between the establishment bubble and what’s happening in society"

Soweto Kinch interview: "I see this…

Saxophonist Soweto Kinch will appear as part of the Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special Fesitval at Ronnie Scott's on 15 March. In a recent Jazzwise interview, Kevin Le Gendre got to...

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John McLaughlin – lighting the way

John McLaughlin – lighting the way

On 14 and 15 March, John McLaughlin and 4th Dimension will be playing at Ronnie Scott's as part of the Jazzwise 20th Anniversary Special Festival. In this recent interview with...

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Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2016

Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2016

Has Stuart Nicholson got a crystal ball? Back in the April issue in the interview with Tim Garland talking about his new album One, he nailed it with the closing...

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Jazzwise: artists to watch in 2017

Jazzwise: artists to watch in 2017

Tomorrow is the question: These are the jazz starts you should look out for in 2017 If you’ve been lucky enough to spend the last 12 months stranded on a desert...

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Meeting Georgie Fame: a rare and exclusive interview

Meeting Georgie Fame: a rare and exclusi…

Writer Mark Youll caught up with legendary singer and pianist Georgie Fame for a rare and exclusive interview It's crazy to think that it's now been 57 years since Ronnie Scott's...

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Kandace Springs – Soul Seeker

Kandace Springs – Soul Seeker

Precociously talented vocalist, pianist and songwriter Kandace Springs found her jazz feet and a ready audience with the release of Soul Eyes on Blue Note earlier this year. She spoke...

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Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman – Just the Two of Us

Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman – Just th…

The dynamic top-tier pairing of Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman are seeking to elevate the status of the piano and sax formation with their new album on Nonesuch, Nearness. Ahead...

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Interview: Dominic J Marshall on studying jazz at university

Interview: Dominic J Marshall on studyin…

Rising star pianist Dominic J Marshall has produced four impressive albums to date, his latest being The Triolithic, featuring his molten blend of hard hitting melodic jazz underpinned with slugged...

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The best of Bobby Wellins on record

The best of Bobby Wellins on record

Jazzwise is saddened to hear of Bobby Wellins' death. Peter Vacher interviewed the great saxophonist in the magazine 10 years ago, and he provided this list of Wellins' finest recordings: Stan...

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Symphonic jazz: a history

Symphonic jazz: a history

Long-form classical-indebted compositions are back in style. Stuart Nicholson takes a close look at the evolution of extended symphonic orchestrations in jazz, from the creations of Gershwin to Ellington to...

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Ten Essential Albert Ayler Albums

Ten Essential Albert Ayler Albums

Spiritual Unity Get Back/Esp-Disk (1964)Ayler's 1964 studio debut for Bernard Stollman's ESP-Disk label is a bench mark free jazz recording that still has the power to shock and awe those...

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Frank Sinatra – the artist behind the image

Frank Sinatra – the artist behind the im…

Keith Shadwick charts the career trajectory of one of the great singers of the 20th century, classic albums and artistic lapses included. Plus, explore our 'Take 2: Frank Sinatra and...

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Jimi Hendrix and jazz

Jimi Hendrix and jazz

Since his death the influence of Jimi Hendrix's music and the general fascination with his celebrity has grown year on year. While rock fans claim Hendrix as one of their...

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Ten Essential Larry Young Albums

Ten Essential Larry Young Albums

Jack McDuff among others dubbed ‘the Coltrane of the Hammond organ’ – and he remains one of the all-time heavyweight players of this majestic instrument – expanding its language from...

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Ten Essential Sun Ra Albums

Ten Essential Sun Ra Albums

Sun Ra was one of the most inventive and controversial musicians of the 20th century. Here are 10 key recordings plucked by Edwin Pouncey from Ra’s enormous discography that continues...

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Gregory Porter – street life

Gregory Porter – street life

Singing sensation Gregory Porter has come a long way since the UK release of his debut album, Water, in 2011 and his first ever worldwide front cover in Jazzwise in...

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Miles Davis and John Coltrane – Yin and Yang

Miles Davis and John Coltrane – Yin and …

How did John Coltrane and Miles Davis get on? The odd couple, with contrasting personalities on and off the bandstand. But together the music they produced was peerless, says Ashley...

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Miles Davis – highs and lows at Newport

Miles Davis – highs and lows at Newport

When the Newport Jazz Festival began in 1954, it became a barometer for all that was hot in jazz in 1950s America. As such it was the backdrop behind the...

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Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Uprising

Kamasi Washington and the West Coast Upr…

The emergence of Los Angeles saxophonist Kamasi Washington as one of the hottest names in jazz – thanks to the avalanche of music he unleashed on his remarkable triple-disc debut...

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Bud Powell - the Agony and the Ecstacy

Bud Powell - the Agony and the Ecstacy

Brian Priestley celebrates Bud Powell’s place at the forefront of modern jazz, revisits his achievements alongside Charlie Parker at the birth of bebop, and explores the darker side of Powell’s exceptional...

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Wes Montgomery – The Full Monty

Wes Montgomery – The Full Monty

More than four decades after his death, the music of Wes Montgomery continues to illuminate the jazz guitar world like a beacon. Jack Massarik reappraises the Indiana superstar’s life and...

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Billie Holidayʼs greatest recordings

Billie Holidayʼs greatest recordings

  Billie Holiday was one of the greatest singers of the 20th century and left an extraordinary legacy of recordings behind when she died at the age of 44 in 1959...

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Billie Holiday's ultimate triumph

Billie Holiday's ultimate triumph

When Stuart Nicholson’s biography of Billie Holiday was published in the USA it was nominated a “Notable Book of the Year” by The New York Times Review of Books. Here...

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Matthew Bourne and Franck Vigroux revisit Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity

Matthew Bourne and Franck Vigroux revisi…

  "When you play electronic music, you have the control of the imagination of the people in the room, and it can get to an extent where it's almost physical." (Ralf...

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Miles Davis – Tutu

Miles Davis – Tutu

Miles Davis biographer George Cole recalls the significance Tutu, regarded by many as Miles’ last major statement, and talks to his main collaborator on the album, Marcus Miller When the Tutu...

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Keith Jarrett – Point of Departure

Keith Jarrett – Point of Departure

A singular force in the realm of spontaneously created music, Keith Jarrett has an unmatched body of work that straddles both jazz and classical worlds. This is reflected in the...

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Steve Coleman – Body of Elements

Steve Coleman – Body of Elements

  Rhythm has always underscored saxophonist Steve Coleman’s 30-year recording career. Across some 27 albums as a leader, he’s exerted a vortex-like pull of ancient and modern sounds, blending deep African...

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Ten life-changing jazz piano trio recordings

Ten life-changing jazz piano trio record…

From Bud Powell in the early 1950s to Michael Wollny in 2013, via Ahmad Jamal, Duke Ellington, Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus, these are all outstanding jazz piano trio...

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Rachel Cohen heads for Playtime in Edinburgh

Rachel Cohen heads for Playtime in Edinb…

London-based saxophonist Rachael Cohen is among the featured musicians in the latest series of Edinburgh's popular Playtime jazz sessions, which begins this Thursday. Cohen, whose debut album for Michael Janisch's...

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Brad Mehldau Trio, Fame and Peyroux for Bath Festival

Brad Mehldau Trio, Fame and Peyroux for …

Jazz continues to play a strong part in this year's Bath Festival programme, which runs from 19 to 28 May, with the theme of music and verse combining in various...

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Jaco Pastorius - Catch Me If You Can

Jaco Pastorius - Catch Me If You Can

Jaco Pastorius made a seismic impact on the role, and voice, of the humble bass guitar, arriving with a bang in the mid-1970s he took the music world by storm...

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Craig Taborn - Phantom Navigators

Craig Taborn - Phantom Navigators

As one of New York's most adventurous and in-demand players, keyboardist and pianist Craig Taborn has spun a career of prodigious proportions over the last two decades, traversing swing, funk...

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Barry Guy - Margin Walker

Barry Guy - Margin Walker

Double-bassist, Barry Guy shows no sign of slowing down, his passion and imagination for free-wheeling improvisation and adventurous orchestral composition utterly undiminished as he nears the occasion of his 70th...

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Partikel - Beyond the Horizon

Partikel - Beyond the Horizon

One of the UK's premier saxophone trios, Partikel, have been busy extending their frontiers, both musically and geographically. Selwyn Harris spoke to the band about their new-found explorations with strings...

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Damon Brown International Quartet With Ed Jones Deliver Hard Bop Judgements At The Verdict

Damon Brown International Quartet With E…

It's a complex web of internationalism that binds this band together; an Englishman, a Scot, an American and a German, all resident across the far east from Singapore to Seoul...

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Henry Spencer and Juncture lift-off at Pizza album launch

Henry Spencer and Juncture lift-off at P…

On an otherwise quiet Tuesday night in Central London, rising stars Henry Spencer and Juncture drew a sell-out crowd for the launch of their debut album. More than two years...

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Weather Report: the life and times of the group on record

Weather Report: the life and times of th…

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