Ystad Jazz Festival

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JULY 2014

Ehud Asherie Bruce Lindsay investigates a young pianist bringing new life to a broad mainstream repertoire from Eubie Blake onwards

Profiles: Jack Honeyborne remembers the days when you could be a professional jobbing musician; Alexander Bone looks forward to some sort of musical career after winning the first BBC Young Musician Jazz Award; Kerem Görsev says that despite owning 89 Bill Evans albums he will never play an Evans tune on stage

Letters More Pee Wee painting; learnéd jazz; Graham Boatfield; Les Tomkins & Ronnie’s; Iggy, top of the jazz Pops

Curtis Stigers Derek Ansell interviews a man who over the past 20 years has transformed himself from longhaired pop singer into top-billed jazz vocalist

Don Fagerquist Gordon Jack reintroduces the trumpeter overlooked by many but not by employers Krupa, Shaw, Herman and Pell

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce looks forward to a reissue of the 1961 Armstrong/Ellington session and muses on the tension between Sonny Stitt and Miles Davis

The Classical Tinge Part 6 (ii): Strayhorn, Strings & Schneider. Dave Jones continues his series on the relationship between classical music and jazz

Obituaries: Joe Wilder, modest possessor of ‘one of the most beautiful trumpet sounds in jazz’; Herb Jeffries, singer, actor, initiator of all-black Western movies and skin-tone satirist; Armando Peraza, Cuban percussionist with George Shearing, Cal Tjader and Carlos Santana and many leading names in popular music; Alan Davie, Scottish artist and musician who did a portrait of Sonny Rollins and played with Evan Parker, Tony Oxley and others

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