JAZZ

  • Brass In Pocket

    By Chris Wells on April 10, 2017
    Check out Hot 8 Brass Band on tour during April and May, performing cuts from their new album On The Spot. 11 Apr   Liquid Room, Edinburgh (UK) 12 Apr   O2 ABC, Glasgow (UK) 13 Apr   The Wardrobe, Leeds (UK) 14 Apr   O2 Academy, Birmingham (UK) 1 May    Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham (UK) 2 May    O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield (UK) 3 […]
  • Supreme Fest Additions

    By Chris Wells on March 30, 2017
    Corinne Bailey Rae, saxman and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, rekindled UK funksters D’Influence and always on fire Mica Paris [bringing her acclaimed Ella Fitzgerald Songbook project] are amongst the final acts added to the line-up for this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex in July. Headliners already announced include Herbie Hancock, George […]
  • Sounds For Spies & Private Eyes

    By Chris Wells on March 24, 2017
    Bristol Jazz And Blues Festival, Colston Hall, Bristol. The chuckle of recognition that greets the MC’s quip about a ‘big man… but you’re in bad shape’ is the quite perfect complement to a freesheet that features Michael Caine, a cold stare and a double-barreled shotgun in the immortal pose from Get Carter. This is Sounds For Spies & Private Eyes, a celebration […]
  • Festival Time

    By Chris Wells on February 10, 2017
    This year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival, in conjunction with BBC Radio 2, is about to spring upon us, taking over various venues across the town between April 26-May 1. Lots of star names already lined up – so far announced are Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Orchestra Baobab, Mica Paris, Booker T. Jones, Robert Cray, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Denys Baptiste, Meshell Ngedegeocello, […]
  • Khan Do

    By Chris Wells on August 10, 2016
    Saturday, August 20 sees the Far Out Records family uniting for a showcase at the newly revamped Jazz Café, the line-up headed by their premier jazzman Sean Khan with special guest Heidi Vogel. Sean will be performing new material that he wrote especially for the legendary Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal who features on his forthcoming new album. As you know, […]
  • Billy Paul Dies

    By Chris Wells on April 25, 2016
    One of Philly soul’s best-known and most distinctive voices was stilled on April 24 when Billy Paul, the Me & Mrs Jones man, died as a result of pancreatic cancer. He was 81. Born in North Philadelphia in December 1934, Paul – born Paul Williams – was influenced mainly by female jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday […]
  • Toussaint’s Final Album

    By Chris Wells on April 14, 2016
    American Tunes, the final studio album by legendary New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint, will be released by Nonesuch Records on June 10. Toussaint had just completed the album when he passed away in November of last year during a European tour. Recording took place at two sets of sessions with producer Joe Henry: solo piano at Toussaint’s New Orleans home studio in […]
  • Kinch Leads New BBC Jazz Show

    By Chris Wells on March 11, 2016
    BBC Radio 3 announces that award winning saxophonist Soweto Kinch, singer Emma Smith and Irish trumpeter Al Ryan are to present a new-look weekly Monday night contemporary jazz show 11pm – 12:30am. Jazz Now will examine the vibrant new and underground Jazz scene which is taking the genre forward and introducing jazz to new audiences alongside established ones. From less […]
  • Miles Ahead: Two Albums Coming

    By Chris Wells on March 9, 2016
    Columbia/Legacy Celebrates the 90th Birthday of Miles Davis with two special new releases: MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [available Friday, April 1]; and EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL, a selection of recordings of Miles Davis reimagined by Grammy Award winning musician Robert Glasper with guest artists Erykah Badu, KING, John Scofield, Phonte, Bilal, Ledisi, Stevie Wonder, Laura Mvula, Hiatus Kaiyote and others […]
  • Alley Cat

    By Chris Wells on March 8, 2016
    It’s here! Gregory Porter‘s new album, Take Me To The Alley, will be released on May 6 via Decca Records. The eagerly awaited follow-up to the man’s platinum-selling Liquid Spirit, which broke into the UK Top 10 and became the most streamed jazz album of all time, was produced by Kamau Kenyatta and features pianist and music director Chip Crawford, bassist Aaron James, […]