• 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, […]
  • YolanDa’s Reggae Got Soul

    By Chris Wells on February 12, 2016
    Double MOBO award winning saxophonist and composer YolanDa Brown will be taking her ‘Reggae Love Songs’ tour out on the road later this month on a string of dates that will last right through the summer and beyond. There are some special guests too: marrying soul and jazz prowess with the reggae sounds of her roots, YolanDa will be joined on various […]
  • Pop Up Empirical

    By Chris Wells on February 9, 2016
    UK jazz super group Empirical will be taking their music direct to Londoners this month. For six days, from February 22-27, the band will take over a retail unit in the centre of Old Street Underground Station and transform the space into a pop-up Jazz Lounge. Listeners are invited to visit the lounge for lunchtime and evening commute live sets, […]
  • Khan Does

    By Chris Wells on February 5, 2016
    Multi-instrumentalist Sean Khan is to support the release of his critically acclaimed second album Muriel with a performance at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s club in London on Monday, February 8. Special guests on the night are Heidi Vogel (Cinematic Orchestra) and UK soul icon Omar. The former SK Radical released Muriel on December 4 on Far Out Recordings. Visit https://www.ronniescotts.co.uk/schedule […]
  • Lisa Cult Jam

    By Chris Wells on January 12, 2016
    Grammy nominee Lisa Simone, only child of Nina Simone, is touring her latest album in Europe and will take up a three-day residency at Boisdale in Canary Wharf from January 19, 2016 – her only UK dates on her tour for her new album, out March 5. Lisa has continued to blaze a trail from New York’s Carnegie and Town […]