Mike Mainieri The vibes player, veteran of encounters with Paul Whiteman and Buddy Rich but better known as the leader of Steps Ahead, talks to Mark Gilbert about a new big band recording of some Steps Ahead classics

Profiles Pianist John Pearce thanks Geraldo for a sound musical education; guitarist Pierre Dørge is inspired by strangeness and contrast; pianist Florian Hoefner credits his early trumpet experience with giving his melodies harmonic strength

Julius Watkins Gordon Jack surveys the career of the first man to draw proper jazz solos from the French horn’s 11 feet of tubing

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce seems to be alone in appreciating both Ellington and Kenton

The charity gig Simon Spillett asks what it says for jazz when the life-changing Massey Hall concert can be got for 99p at the British Heart Foundation Richmond

Book & DVD Reviews Books: Herbie Hancock: Possibilities // Music In The Air: The Selected Writings Of Ralph J. Gleason // Music Of Azerbaijan, From Mugham To Opera DVD: Rhythm ’N’ Bayous: A Road Map To Louisiana Music

Obituaries Bobby Hutcherson; Louis Stewart; Toots Thielemans; Rudy Van Gelder

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Preview: Jim Rattigan's Pavillon tour

Pavillon, a 12-piece band led by French horn player and composer Jim Rattigan, is set to tour England and Wales in support of new album Strong Tea

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Review: La La Land

Leon Nock offers his first impressions of La La Land, a new movie with a reasonable sprinkling of jazz, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

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Review: Scarborough Jazz Festival

Brian Payne enjoys the majestic setting of the 2016 Scarborough Jazz Festival as well as excellent music from duos through to big bands

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Review: Splash Point Jazz opening night

Annette Keen reports on the opening night of Splash Point Jazz Club in Eastbourne's Fishermen's Club, featuring Art Themen and Andy Panayi

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Preview: Cambridge Jazz Festival

The Cambridge International Jazz Festival announces a wide-ranging 2016 programme featuring Alan Barnes, Phronesis, Anita Wardell and many more

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Peter Whittingham Jazz Award 2016

This year's Peter Whittingham Jazz Award is now open for applications from young and talented musicians in the early years of their musical careers

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Review: SNJO with Arild Andersen

Anthony Troon enjoys the SNJO with guest bassist Arild Andersen in a lively performance of The Jazz Legacy of Charles Mingus

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Preview: Ronnie Scott's in October

Ronnie Scott's October line-up features stars including Stacey Kent, Steve Gadd and Charlie Wood, plus celebrations of Tubby Hayes and Jaco Pastorius

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BBC Music Jazz returns for 2016

Jazz FM and BBC Radio reprise their collaborative digital pop-up station for special broadcasts during the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival

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Tubby Hayes blue plaque unveiled

The childhood home of saxophonist Tubby Hayes, known as the Little Giant, has now been formally marked by the award of a Blue Plaque

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Review: Wall2Wall, Abergavenny

Nigel Jarrett visits a jumping Abergavenny for the fourth Wall2Wall Festival, is moved to tears by Dennis Rollins and enjoys a Boogie Party

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Preview: Martin Taylor's birthday tour

The top-flight guitarist and composer celebrates his 60th birthday with a 13-date solo tour including concerts in Dundee, London and Whitby

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Preview: Jazz At The London Film Festival

The BFI London Film Festival features three movies with a jazz focus - classic Paul Whiteman, the story of Lee Morgan, and Ryan Gosling's jazz romance

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Review: Ronnie's piano festival

Three contrasting trios from Ronnie Scott's International Piano Trio Festival impress Dave Jones with their humour, energy and musicianship

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Preview: Nigel Price hits the road

Guitarist Nigel Price announces an extensive tour with his organ trio and quartet, playing over 50 dates in England, Scotland and Wales from August to December

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Review: Steps Ahead at Ronnie Scott's

They played the timeless Pools but otherwise, says Dave Jones, the Steps Ahead reunion at Ronnie's was no exercise in nostalgia

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Preview: ECP Contemporary Jazz Cruise

ECP announces the Contemporary Jazz Cruise, the latest in its comprehensive cruise portfolio, with Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper and many more


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