FEBRUARY 2015

Peter Erskine
Drummer Peter Erskine has had a colourful, wide-ranging career before and after his years in Weather Report’s classic line-up. Wif Stenger sat down with this humble giant of the drum kit to look into the past and future

Profiles Trumpeter Wallace Roney explores the 1960s and 70s constellation around Miles Davis; trumpeter Goran Kajfes builds on Gillespie and Don Cherry; singer Roberto Gambarini finds voice in Clark Terry and Sweets Edison

Jazz on V-Disc: America’s not-so-secret weapon John White tells the story of America’s wartime recording programme for troops in the field

Jan Garbarek: Farewell to Officium Michael Tucker reflects on the euphony and discord generated by saxophonist Jan Garbarek’s million-selling collaboration with The Hilliard Ensemble

On The Other Hand Dave Gelly remembers that once jazz was seen by the avant-garde as the saviour of music precisely because it was popular entertainment

Book & DVD Reviews Books: Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan; The Real Jazz Solos Book; Free Jazz & Improvisation On Vinyl 1965-1985. DVD: John Cassavetes’ Too Late Blues

Obituaries Acker Bilk; David Redfern; Giorgio Gaslini; Peter Russell

Record reviews Seventy CDs of new and reissued jazz reviewed. See the full list

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BBC Radio 4 feels the Love Supreme

A BBC Radio 4 documentary presented by Courtney Pine this February marks the 50th anniversary of Coltrane’s seminal album


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SNJO honours Billy Strayhorn at 100

A special series of concerts by the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra will pay homage to Ellington band composer Billy Strayhorn in his centenary year


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Review: Matthew Halsall, Halesworth

Garry Booth finds the Mancunian man of mystery has descended a few celestial notches while hinting at promising new directions


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Review: Anthony Braxton in Bristol

Andy Hamilton witnesses a rare and utterly personal UK appearance by the US saxophonist and composer, cardigan and all


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David Redfern memorial

Bob Weir attends a gathering of 200 people at Ronnie Scott's in celebration of photographer David Redfern, who died last autumn


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Simon Purcell comes around

Simon Purcell, for many years Head of Jazz at Trinity, plays music from his début album as part of Jez Nelson's Jazz In The Round series at London's Cockpit Theatre


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Ronnie Scott’s marks Tubby Hayes’ 80th

A special concert by the Simon Spillett Quartet featuring Bobby Wellins will be held at Ronnie Scott’s to mark Tubby Hayes’ 80th birthday


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Bristol's third festival for March 2015

Bristol's International Jazz & Blues Festival returns with a packed programme including Dr John, Lillian Boutté, Alice Zawadzki and Louis Armstrong scholar Ricky Riccardi


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Ribble Valley Jazz Festival tickets on sale

The sixth annual jazz festival in and around Clitheroe, Lancashire will feature Stacey Kent, Andy Sheppard, Soweto Kinch and more


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First ever Llandudno Jazz Festival

The inaugural jazz festival at the Welsh seaside town in July boasts headliners Darius Brubeck, Anita Wardell and Clark Tracey


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Gateshead 2015 gets Sanborn, Scofield

The annual northern celebration of all things jazz, soul and funk returns in April via the International Jazz Festival at the Sage Gateshead


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Review: Alan Barnes/Bruce Adams Quintet

Derek Ansell enjoys the talent and telepathy of the Alan Barnes quintet - Bruce Adams, David Newton, Andrew Cleyndert and Bobby Worth - at the Progress Theatre, Reading


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New south coast jazz festival

A new jazz festival joins the roster this month at Shoreham-by-Sea on the south coast, hosted by Claire Martin and Julian Nichols


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Jazz Journal Critics' Poll 2014

Swedish pianist Jan Lundgren wins the new issue category for his album All By Myself and first place among reissues goes to Fresh Sounds' Keynote collection. Other winners include Pat Metheny, Tina May and Nils Petter Molvaer


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Review: Officium last concert

Michael Tucker finds a ’near-Cubist projection of mysterious sound, space and spirit’ in the final concert by Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble


 

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