JAZZ

  • Cheltenham Jazz Fest: Full Line-Up

    By Chris Wells on February 14, 2018
    Van Morrison, Imelda May, Kamasi Washington, Courtney Pine & Omar, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rick Astley, Caro Emerald, Jordan Rakei, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Andy Sheppard, Portico Quartet, Eric Gales, Jay Rayner are some of the top names scheduled for the 2018 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, which takes place across the town from May 2-7. This […]
  • MICA SINGS ELLA – FEB TOUR

    By Chris Wells on January 18, 2018
    Much revered UK soulstress Mica Paris is to head out on a special nationwide tour during February 2018 – singing the songs made famous by Ella Fitzgerald. Dates are: London, Islington Assembly Hall [Feb 11]; Bristol, Fleece [13]; Manchester, Ruby Lounge [14]; Birmingham, Jam House [15]; and Leicester, 2Funky Café [16]. Mica was first introduced to the vocal brilliance of […]
  • North Sea Jazz: Early Birds

    By Chris Wells on November 9, 2017
    Following the success of the NN North Sea Jazz Festival 2017, which saw 75,000 music fans enjoy performances from the likes of Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Norah Jones, Dianne Reeves, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Jamiroquai and Erykah Badu, the organisers have announced that Early Bird weekend tickets for 2018 will go on sale on Friday, November […]
  • Love Supreme In The Round

    By Chris Wells on October 24, 2017
    Following the success of this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival, which attracted a sell-out audience across the weekend in excess of 35,000 to Glynde Place in East Sussex, the organisers have announced the launch of Love Supreme At The Roundhouse, a one-day festival taking place at London’s Roundhouse on Saturday, May 5 2018. Running from 3pm until late, all areas […]
  • Celebrate Hermeto

    By Chris Wells on October 12, 2017
    November 3 sees the release of Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal’s legendary Viajando Com O Som – The Lost ’76 Vice Versa Studio Sessions by Far Out Records. It’s a huge deal: partly because it marks the uncovering of a previously unreleased masterpiece by a very fine musician indeed, but also because it happens to be Far Out’s 200th release! To […]
  • Tottenham: Jazz Off The Beaten Track

    By Chris Wells on May 23, 2017
    There are still not enough venues in London to accommodate all of the capital’s jazz artists. While long established venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Vortex, 606, Café Oto and Pizza Express, to name but some, are stalwart institutions, both musicians – and audiences, for that matter – need more options. While Soho and Dalston are recognized as places where […]
  • 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, […]