Before Obama, Tiger Woods and even Martin Luther-King was an African American hero whose stature is undiminished sixty years later. Bird may have been an alcoholic junkie in and out of pawn shops for most of his too short life but he was also the musical lightning rod of black America, a man whose influence […]Read more "Charlie Parker – Bird in Time 1940 – 1947"
Dingwalls: crap name, great venue. And so it proved to be once more with a band of nomadic northerners with feet in Leeds and others in Italy, Bangladesh, the Punjab and Tottenham. The band is called SamayRead more "Samay – Dingwalls (Live Review)"
‘Death Jazz’ may be a term already pregnant with its own demise but nonetheless, the most thrilling jazz of the millennium was at the Camden Roundhouse tonightRead more "Death Jazz – Neil Cowley Trio & ‘Soil & Pimp’ Sessions, Roundhouse (Live Review)"
Clear, punchy jazz with heavy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours makes for a deeply rewarding albumRead more "Hijaz – Dunes"
My expectations are high as the two musical traditions I love most are to be played here tonight by jazz chanteuse Dee Dee Bridgewater and the collection of Malian stars she has assembledRead more "Dee Bridgewater – Barbican, London (Live Review)"
The British Ambassador to Mali and Senegal abandons tales of desert bandits to wander over to the dancefloor, there he will dance amid a throng of impossibly elegant Senegalese women of all ages, a few dapper older gents and some Western music fans aware that in the warm night air of the Just4U club in […]Read more "Orchestra Baobab – Made in Dakar"
Out East, the Vortex swirls jazz goodness around but west London has its own pockets of perfect jazz. Our favourite is Hammersmith’s Basement Jazz Sessions. We caught up with accidental jazz entrepreneur Joel Reeves on the eve of Elan Mehler Quartet’s visitRead more "Basement Jazz Sessions – Out of the Lightness, into the Dark"