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AUGUST 2014

Stanley Clarke He declines to enter the bass race – but who doesn’t see him, along with Jaco Pastorius, as one of the twin peaks of the electric instrument’s modern history? Interview by David West

Profiles Steve Fishwick; Cindy Blackman; Adam Waldmann

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce revisits Kingley Amis’s reports of jazz japes at Oxford, sees Sonny Greer ribbed by Duke Ellington and looks forward to going into the hot

On The Other Hand Dave Gelly misses the tunes in the BBC’s first Young Musician jazz award

Dale Bruning Bruce Crowther reports on the veteran guitarist, sometime tutor to Bill Frisell, who has consistently disproved the idea that those who can, do and those who can’t, teach

Randy Brecker
The Test, part two: Trumpeter Randy Brecker tries to spot tunes by Woody Shaw, Tomasz Stanko, Ornette Coleman, Ruby Braff and more

Book Reviews Sidney Bechet, My Father; Arnold Ross 1939-1952: Roots Of Modern Jazz Volume 23; Minor Is Major; Stories Of The Road

Obituaries Horace Silver; Frank Strazzeri; Little Jimmy Scott; Russ Connor

Record reviews 71 CDs (and possibly more than seventy-six trombones) reviewed this month. See the whole list

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Review: Brecon Jazz Festival 2014

Bob Weir attends Brecon's 30th jazz festival, opened by Burt Bacharach and featuring Warren Vaché, Marius Neset, and the revived Loose Tubes orchestra


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Marsden brings jazz to the Pennines

Marsden Jazz Festival returns this October in its 22nd incarnation with over 70 events including Dennis Rollins and Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band


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Review: Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival 2014

Michael Tucker is delighted by another bumper year at Ystad, featuring standout performances from Kristin Korb, Joshua Redman and Enrico Rava


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Review: Titley Jazz Festival

Liam Keating enjoys a packed weekend of jazz old and new at the fifth annual Titley Jazz Festival in sunny Herefordshire


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Preview: Helsinki jazz festivals

Wif Stenger previews four Finnish festivals, with acts ranging from local punk-jazz and string trios to names such as Roy Hargrove, Ginger Baker and Peter Erskine


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Lulo Reinhardt's third UK tour

Lulo Reinhardt, grand-nephew of Django, does an extensive tour of the UK this autumn, showcasing his gypsy/flamenco-based style


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Review: Malta Jazz Festival

Simon Adams sees great potential for a high quality European festival in Valletta, this year host to Warren Wolf, Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau and more


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Review: Terri Lyne Carrington at Montreux

Thomas Rees witnesses a masterclass in fusion at Montreux Jazz Festival, courtesy Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project with Ingrid Jensen on trumpet


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Review: Ystad 2014, first concerts

Michael Tucker reviews the first concerts at Ystad Sweden Jazz, the friendly and varied festival in Skåne now in its fifth year and developing world-class momentum as its profile and audiences expand


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Review: Simon Spillett Quintet, Reading

Derek Ansell enjoys an intimate set from Simon Spillett's quintet at the Progress Theatre, the band putting its own stamp on classic Miles Davis material


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Review: Jazz on the Hill, Sani Resort, Greece

Simon Adams laps up the luxury of the music and fine living at Sani's three-night jazz festival at Sani Resort, Greece


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Review: Jack DeJohnette at Montreux

Thomas Rees sees the Jack DeJohnette Trio (Matt Garrison, Ravi Coltrane) capture the spirit of John Coltrane on the banks of Lake Geneva


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Rye Jazz Festival returns for third year

The third jazz and blues festival in Rye includes Claire Martin, Joe Stilgoe and Simon Spillett in its August Bank Holiday lineup


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Canterbury: the jazz-rocker's tale

A crowd-funded documentary about the 1960-70s Canterbury music scene behind the emergence of bands such as Soft Machine, Caravan and Gong is in production


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Review: Pat Metheny Unity Group

Francis Graham-Dixon reckons Pat Metheny's Unity Group will be talked about in years to come as one of his most interesting and adventurous outfits


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Drummers' delight at Ronnie Scott's

Drummers Ginger Baker, Greg Errico, Terry Bozzio and Gene Lake and their bands are set to raise Ronnie’s roof this summer


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Review: Hinton & Friedlander exhibition

Michael Carlson reviews Jazz Lives, an exhibition of evocative photography by Milt Hinton and Lee Friedlander stretching back to the 1930s


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Review: Cerkno Jazz Festival

Bob Weir extols the virtues of a well-priced and perfectly handled festival in rural Slovenia, featuring Chicagoan cornetist Rob Mazurek


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Herts Jazz Festival 2014

Chris Barber, John Taylor, Art Themen, Alan Skidmore and Georgie Fame feature in the fourth edition of the annual jazz festival in Welwyn Garden City


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Review: Wilson/Akinmusire in Finland

Wif Stenger sees Cassandra Wilson and Ambrose Akinmusire in separate Finnish concerts but linked through Joni Mitchell


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Mondrian's brush with the boogie

Tate Liverpool adds to the catalogue of cross-disciplinary inference this summer in an exhibition of work by jazz-loving artist Piet Mondrian


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Nigel Kennedy headlines Scarborough

This year’s Scarborough Jazz Festival sees Nigel Kennedy paired with John Etheridge, alongside 15 other acts including Alan Barnes, Clark Tracey, Anita Wardell, Dennis Rollins and Gwilym Simcock


 
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