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Bennie Maupin David West catches up with the man whose bass clarinet and saxophone lit up landmark 70s US dates with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock

Profiles Vocalist Cassandra Wilson delves into Billie Holiday; Indo-jazz saxophonist Jesse Bannister investigates jazz dives; guitarist Billy Jenkins rediscovers music after years as a humanist celebrant

Tadd Dameron In part one of a two-part article, Brian Morton examines the background and style of the first musician to harness the hectic energy of bebop for a large ensemble

HatHut at 40 The Swiss label HatHut has documented the avant-garde in over 500 releases and now celebrates its 40th birthday. Andy Hamilton says many happy returns

Still Clinging to the Wreckage Steve Voce on how Peck Kelley was no hick from the sticks and Jack Teagarden drove a steam car from El Paso to Oklahoma

Book & DVD Reviews Books: No Beethoven // School For Cool // DVD: Clark Terry: Keep On Keepin’ On // Blue Note: A Story Of Modern Jazz

Obituaries John Taylor; Bob Whitlock; Howard Rumsey; Gunther Schuller; Eddy Louiss; Bernard Stollman

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Preview: Saga's jazz holidays

Saga Holidays announce four jazz-themed special interest vacations across Europe, with live jazz, specialist talks and excursions

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Pizza Express on song

The Singers Lounge, in the basement of the Pizza Express St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, will feature ’intimate shows from exceptional vocal talents and talented singer-pianists’

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John Altman's jazz score for a classic movie

The British composer's new jazz score for the silent classic Shooting Stars will be performed live at the Odeon Leicester Square during the BFI Film Festival

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Review: Jason Moran in Edinburgh

Jason Moran's tribute to Fats Waller encompassed hip-hop, house, disco and funk, as well as raising some complex issues for Andy Hamilton

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Croydon Record Fair, 27 September

Croydon Record Fair returns to south London this September, bringing with it the customary array of jazz records, memorabilia and other curiosities

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Review: Brecon Jazz Festival 2015

The Brecon Jazz Festival's high quality programme gave Bob Weir a packed weekend of enjoyable music, from Dr John's blues to Scott Hamilton's standards

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Review: Llandudno Jazz Festival

Brian Payne is entranced by the first Llandudno Jazz Festival, seeing the start of something big. Brian Robinson seconds the idea 100%

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Review: Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival 2015

Over another long weekend in southern Sweden, Michael Tucker was impressed by the sense of history and the breadth and depth of the 2015 Ystad Jazz Festival

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Review: Vienne and San Sebastian festivals

Bob Weir reviews and recommends two expertly organised and highly enjoyable festivals in beautiful European locations

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Review: Pori Jazz Festival, 50th edition

This year’s Pori fest was a study in contrasts, with a thoughtful, varied jazz programme in small venues far from the purely-pop main stage, writes Wif Stenger

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Preview: Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival

Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival debuts this September, offering something different from mainstream festivals that promise jazz but fail to deliver

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Review: Archie Shepp at Ronnie's

Andy Hamilton finds the 78-year-old saxophonist in fine form, even if he's no longer the avant-garde free jazz player of past decades

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Review: Irakere/Leo Blanco at Ronnie's

Irakere's roof-raising musical energy and the gentler charms of the Leo Blanco Trio's opening set provided Dave Jones with a good night out

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Preview: Herts Jazz Festival

The fifth Herts Jazz Festival promises its most exciting programme yet, with headliners Claire Martin, Loose Tubes and Big Band Britannia

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Preview: Blue Note Jazz At Sea

Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 hosts the first Blue Note Jazz At Sea, with Robert Glasper, Marcus Strickland and headliner Natalie Cole

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Preview: Joy of Jazz, South Africa

JJ's South Africa correspondent Don Albert previews the jazz festival that has grown from local to international stature and this year includes the UK's Matthew Halsall

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Preview: Scarborough Jazz Festival

Darius Brubeck and other American stars will be appearing at the 2015 Scarborough Jazz Festival alongside new and established British acts

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Preview: 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival

The 2015 EFG London Jazz Festival promises another extensive lineup of top performers at venues across the city

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Preview: Marcus Miller tours UK, Eire

Marcus Miller, Grammy-winning electric bassist and producer, is set to tour the UK and Ireland this October in support of his Blue Note debut

Herts Jazz Festival 2015

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