Sensation Jazz Cruises


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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Clark Terry funeral, NY, Saturday 28/2/15

The funeral of trumpeter Clark Terry will take place at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York on Saturday

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Review: Zhenya Strigalev, Ronnie Scott's

St Petersburg native and alto saxophonist Zhenya Strigalev brought a host of American stars to Soho to help launch his new album on the Whirlwind label

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Review: Chris Potter at Ronnie Scott's

As saxophonist Chris Potter debuts his Underground orchestra on the ECM label, Mark Gilbert sees the original and smaller article in Soho

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Review: Haiti Jazz Festival

Simon Adams is bowled over by Haiti and its jazz festival, featuring singer Ranee Lee, Chilean trumpeter Sebastian Jordan, roots band Boukman Eksperyans and more

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Jazzerbaijan hits Ronnie Scott’s

Neil Watson of The European Azerbaijan Society sees two of the country's finest jazz pianists pack out the Soho club

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Wigmore wigs out

Jazz from pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Christian McBride is added to the classical roster in the London venue's 2015/2016 season

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Review: Eberhard Weber Jubilee, Stuttgart

Michael Tucker reports on two nights of concerts featuring Jan Garbarek, Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Paul McCandless and others in honour of the German bassist's 75th birthday

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Louis's desert island rescue

Louis Armstrong’s 1968 appearnace on Desert Island Discs can be heard again after his personal copy of the recording was tracked down

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Sanborn & Scofield play Barbican

The spring programme at the Barbican, London features David Sanborn and John Scofield plus a tribute to record label Strata East

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Blue plaque unveiled for Kenny Wheeler

The London-based trumpeter and composer, who died last year, has been commemorated with a new blue plaque at his home in Leytonstone

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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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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: 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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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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