Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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Wayne Shorter: one of the greatest saxophonists in history

Originally published November 2013 Ivan Hewett writes: Two great saxophone colossi have bestridden the London Jazz Festival (now the EFG London Jazz Festival) in recent years. One is Sonny Rollins, who despite health problems made a triumphant appearance at the 2012 festival, in his 83rd year. The other is Wayne Shorter, who turns 80 this […]

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A jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Hudson (CD)

  We are told: ‘Hudson’ is the first album from a jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood) and John Scofield (guitar).In addition to original compositions, ‘Hudson’ features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by […]

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Jonathan Gee Trio: Chez Auguste CD review by Tony Andrews

Tony Andrews, our contributing editor (jazz) writes: I firmly believe that UK jazz fans are getting more and more paranoid about musicians from anywhere other than the UK; that in some way, they are better musically or more inventive. This is especially so with musicians from The US where Jazz is thought to have been […]

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BILLIE HOLIDAY: Her 10 top songs?

BILLIE HOLIDAY, who died at 44, was born on April 7, 1915, and became one of the most influential singers of all time. Jazz trumpeter Trumpeter Bill Coleman said: “Billie Holiday sounded different from any female singer that I had heard before.” It’s an almost impossible task to pick out her 10 best songs. To […]

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Jazz Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band: Presence review – hooky grooves and improv charm

Continues HERE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 345 and I’ll see if it fits.  […]

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Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

Phillip Johnston is best known to many jazz fans as co-founder of Microscopic Septet, though the saxophonist and composer has led many groups of his own and co-led others, including Big Trouble, The Transparent Quartet, Fast ‘n’ Bulbous and The Spokes. In addition, Johnston has composed and performed numerous soundtracks for both silent and modern […]

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Kris Funn: Bass Player, Story Teller

Get the story HERE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a message on +44(0) 7734 816 345 and I’ll see if […]

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Roy Budd – “Get Carter” Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kMhcf8eyiA “Still one of the finest and beyond a doubt the coolest soundtrack to one of the best British films of all time Roy Budd’s theme from Get Carter is truly kick ass…from the bad ass bass riff to the tablas to the keyboards. The three keyboard instruments are a grand piano (with lots of […]

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Bram Weijters/Chad McCullough: Pendulum

By DAN MCCLENAGHAN Chicago-based trumpeter Chad McCullough and Belgian pianist Bram Weijters present Pendulum, the pair’s fifth recording together. Their discography includes three excellent quartet outings on Origin Records, including Urban Nightingale (2012), and a duo date, Feather (eyes&ears, 2017). Pendulum follows in Feathers’ footsteps to the extent of instrumentation, with Weijters wielding an array […]

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Art Blakey

Again, useful information HERE on a performer few of us here knew much about. Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email me at tonya.balgores@talktalk.net and/or you can leave a […]

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Jazz: Verve Records helped spread jazz around the world

Verve Records was formed in 1955 by Norman Granz and their studio albums and live recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday helped bring jazz to a world audience. Richard Havers writes “Jazz stirs the possibilities for creativity in the moment. Jazz is about the human character; jazz is about feeling, […]

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JAZZ: Remembering Clifford Brown

Victor L. Schermer writes …… Benny Golson’s timeless ballad, “I Remember Clifford” is but one measure of the reverence and love with which Clifford Brown was regarded by musicians, friends, family, and fans. The affection in which he was held during his lifetime was made all the more poignant by his untimely death at the […]

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10 Great Ladies Of Jazz

  Gemma Brosnan writes: As Nina Simone’s biopic gets ready to hit our screens, we look back at some of the best of her contemporaries… MORE Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of […]

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JAZZ: Arve Henriksen – Places of Worship (Rune Grammofon)

More moody, atmospheric evocations of sacred spaces and the natural world, with Norwegian trumpeter and sound-sculptor Henriksen once again assisted by producers Jan Bang and Erik Honoré on samples and programming, with Honoré also singing (very capably, and oddly for a Norwegian, in what appears to be an Irish accent) on the final track, “Shelter […]

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JAZZ: Karrin Allyson fares better at the microphone than the piano

  Howard Reich:  The pleasant, thoroughly intelligent, often-engaging, sometimes frustrating show set that Karrin Allyson played Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club started out strongly and ended that way, too. In between, it lost some steam when Allyson headed to the piano to accompany herself. A voice as distinctive and a stage presence […]

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New gigs coming up for Mo Foster & Friends

Dear Everyone New gigs coming up for Mo Foster & Friends Over the years I have worked with many of the finest musicians, but it is not until now that I have been able to bring together my favourite players — my dream-team — to play my favourite music. Here is a new flyer where you […]

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