• 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 […]
  • Putting On Ayers

    By Chris Wells on November 13, 2015
    Veteran vibesman Roy Ayers will soon join us for a run of dates in the lead-up to Christmas. Enjoy the maestro at: Bury St Edmunds, Apex [November 30]; Preston, Guildhall [December 1]; Harpenden, Public Halls [2]; Wolverhampton, Robin 2 [6]; London, Jazz Café [7/8/9]; Leicester, Music Café[12]; and Southampton, Brook [13]. Visit www.ents24.com for ticket details and to book.
  • Thomas, No Doubt

    By Chris Wells on October 26, 2015
    Texan-born New York-based trumpeter, vocalist and composer Leron Thomas is to play London’s Jazz Café on November 5, in support of his brand new album Cliquish, upcoming on Nov 9. Thomas made his mark with contributions to projects from the likes of Bilal, Jason Moran, Guts, Meshell Ndegeocello and of course the stunning vocal on Zara McFarlane’s Angie La La. […]