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Clifford Brown | The Bach of Jazz
This piece was first published by Lynn Rene Bayley...
International solo jazz piano recitals at the Antonín Dvořák Museum in Prague
This significant late 19th century Czech composer, best known...
Featured Gig | Mark Wade at Rox (Rouvroy) & Sunset Sunside in Paris
This month Mark will perform two special concerts in...
Radio Free Brooklyn features European Jazz in new show.
Radio Free Brooklyn is an non profit organisation whose...
Fred Hersch wins French “Prix in Honorem Jazz” and “Coup de cœur jazz”.
Fred Hersch belongs to a select member of jazz’s...
Kapok takes new approach on tour in UK
Having recorded three albums and toured very successfully since...
jazzahead! 2018 with partner country Poland
In Bremen, jazz as well as the latest art...
Sunday Blues – “Born Under A Bad Sign” by Albert King
Editors Note: Check out our “Nothin’ but the Blues”...
In the Spirit of Openness and Inclusion – JazzFest Berlin 2017 Reflection part 1
In the spirit of openness and inclusion the festival...
Fiona Ross – “Black, White and a Little Bit of Grey” CD Peer Review by Ola Onabulé
This is the second album release in 2017 from...
Yuri Honing’s CD Goldbrun: Harmonious Political Statement
Yuri Honing has chosen Germany as a source of...
ECM Records releases full catalogue for streaming.
In the press release the label states that “simultaneous...
UK jazz radio station JazzFM launches their own Alexa skill
With the Amazon Radioplayer Skill you can play high-quality...
Paola Vera’s “ADDICTED” CD Peer Review by Leo Sidran
In the final moments of Paola Vera’s album Addicted,...
Sonny Rollins Donates Major Gift to Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oberlin Conservatory of Music : In a...
David Pastor presents Motion at the Madrid Jazz Festival
Trumpeter David Pastor, one of the main figures of...
Sunday Blues – Why I Sing The Blues – B.B. King – Live In Africa 1974
Editors Note: Check out our “Nothin’ but the Blues”...
Blue Note Launches Subscription Box Series
The subscription series will be released on a bi-annual...
Christos Rafalides releases new album ” Near & Dear”
In the early 90’s, Christos received a scholarship from...
TJP | Peace and Love CD Review
Rating:  A little research showed that TJP is a...
North Sea Jazz Festival 2018 – Grab your Early Bird Ticket!
Following the unprecedented success of the NN North Sea...
The EFG London Jazz Festival reaches new heights.
Over the years, the Festival has made a steady...
Mark Guiliana Tours his new release Jersey
Describing the Quartet’s modus operandi on Jersey, Guiliana said:...
Snowboy returns to Ronnie Scott’s for two sold out dates at the Club and a surprise jewel in his crown!
Anyone who owns the album by now will know...
Chick Corea & Steve Gadd on Tour in Europe
Chick Corea and Steve Gadd, both now in their...
Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Mike Stern at Utrechts Tivoli in November
Unfortunately due to the demise of the SJU jazzpodium...
Sunday Blues – Have You Ever Loved A Women by Freddie King.
Editors Note: Check out our “Nothin’ but the Blues”...
Simon Spillett Interview with Erminia Yardley
To this extent, I am thankful to Simon Spillett:...
Dhafer Youssef – November European Tour Dates
Youssef was born in 1967 in a fishing village...
Moses Sumney – Should keep on Moanin’ Nov Euro Tour dates
This implies that he had to play and sing...
Ben Sidran’s November European Tour dates…
Ben Sidran has been a major force in the...
Uri Gurvich “Kinship” CD Review by Fiona Ross | CD Parties in Paris & Barcelona
Native to Israel, he trained at Berklee College of...
Sunday Blues – ‘When A Guitar Plays The Blues’ by Albert Collins
Editors Note: Check out our “Nothin’ but the Blues”...
Filomena Campus – Expect the Unexpected!
I wrote the above words as part of a...
Nordic Jazz Comets – Live in Berlin.
The concerts took place at Privatclub in Berlin’s Kreuzberg...
Luther Allison | A Legend Never Dies Essential Recordings 1976-1997
Label: Ruf Records Release Date: 27 October 2017 Allison’s...
Sammy Stein Report – Just landed in Ecuador & looking for the Jazz
Music, it has to be emphasised, is a fundamental...
Love Supreme Jazz Festival announces one-day festival at the Roundhouse.
The event will feature performances in the main room...
Jazzfest Berlin 2017
In his last year as the festivals Artistic Director,...
George Benson announces 2018 UK Tour Dates.
George Benson has been a leading light in the...
Eliane Elias: From Bill Evans to Brazil
For the first half of the show, she’s joined...
Adam Glasser & Mathias Heise | Live at the 606 Jazz Club London
He is nearing completion of his third album set...
‘Walk with the Spirit’ by Louisiana Bluesman – Coco Robicheaux
Editors Note: Check out our “Nothin’ but the Blues”...
TJP, spreading Peace and Love
The seeds for the formation of the band were...
Christian Sands at Ronnie Scott’s | Concert Review
Recently I have found myself reviewing more piano artists,...
International Jazz Day Host Cities Announced
UNESCO is pleased to announce the International Jazz Day...
Rafael Barrera: ‘Amser’ – Digital Album Review by Fiona Ross
I was initially drawn to review this album by...
Jazz goes Dutch across the UK and Ireland
Going Dutch is an initiative by UK jazz advocates...
Free concerts during Tenth Swing Festival Breda (2017)
A tradition is the opening concert by music students...
Walter Trout new album & tour dates.
Before you even hear a note, We’re All In...
A tale of two Tommys as Scotsman Smith tours his latest album
The older Smith’s current tour marks two anniversaries. This...
Miles Davis’ “Tutu” Encoded in DNA
Without getting to technical, DNA digital data storage refers...
Chantae Cann ‘Sol Empowered’ – CD Review by Fiona Ross
I, as we all do, need to connect with...
Jason Moran – Celebrating Thelonious Monk & European Tour dates
At the 56th Venice Art Biennale, curated by Okwui...
Ola Onabulé – Taking on the world, on his own terms.
Before we launch into the interview, take a look...
Mike Casey | Norwegian Wood (Live from Sofar Sounds NYC)
Once such initiative called “Sofar Sounds” popped up in...
Chasing Bix, the Introverted Enigma
This article has been posted courtesy of Lynn René...
CD Review | Rez Abbasi’s “Unfiltered Universe” a Gem!
This article has been posted courtesy of Lynn René...
Featured Gig | Tom Ibarra at the Sunset-Sunside in Paris.
At the age of 17 Tom has been called...
Entropi – Concert Review – Jazz at the speed of Light
Entropi, the jazz quintet with an astronomical penchant, chose...
Tony Bennett returns to New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall.
With millions of records sold world-wide and platinum and...
An Interview with Aruán Ortiz – On Tour In Europe
Lynn René Bayley: Thank you for granting me this...
Third Man Records release Muddy Waters on 7” vinyl.
In what is now their third ongoing, label-based series...
Christian Sands is Reaching for the future.
Already the recipient of five Grammy® award nominations and...
19th Zürich JAZZNOJAZZ Festival 2017
The 19th edition of the Zürich JAZZNOJAZZ Festival promises...
How Hugh Hefner And Playboy Changed The Face Of Music
This article was originally posted in July 2015 and...
Qwest TV: Quincy Jones launches new video-streaming service for jazz
Earlier this month Qwest TV launched a crowdfunding campaign...
The Eli Degibri Quartet at the Jazz Standard – Tonight in New York – 26 September, 2017
It is rare in our time to hear a...
A Little Jazz Festival That Greets the World – Oct 10 -14th, 2017
Jazz Goes to Town is an international music festival...
Concord Music acquires Savoy label Group.
In 1999 Concord Records was purchased by a consortium...
Featured Gig | Kenneth Dahl Knudsen – Tété, Utzon Center Aalborg, Denmark
Featured Image: Dave Beecroft. In the press release for...
Craig Handy with Jonathan Gee Trio | UK Tour Dates
For the past several years, Handy has recorded or...
HUDSON | Jazz Super-band of 2017
They chose the name “HUDSON” because they all call...
Michael Brecker’s son launches bone marrow donor drive.
Sam Brecker, 24, is a three-year veteran of the...
Moncho Rios – ‘Just Feeling’ – CD Review by Nigel J.
Moncho must have wondered who this guy was asking...
New John Coltrane Mural rises in Philadelphia.
In 2014 Lewis’s mural was destroyed to make way...
Sex & Free Jazz – Sex Mob on Tour in London & Europe 2017
Past tours in Europe emphasised compositions by iconic composers...
UK Parliamentary Jazz Award nominees announced.
The group consists of over a hundred members drawn...
Air Artist Agency launch “LetterOne ‘Rising Stars’ Jazz Award”
Providing those opportunities, commitment, expertise and support to make...
Jazz, made in Italy – Anna Harwell Celenza’s superb new book!
Sometimes, I make it a point to go straight...
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, by Nina Simone
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair...
Featured Gig | Ola Onabule, Internationales Jazzfestival Leibnitz
Since the release of his current album, “It’s The...
Julian Costello Quartet ~ ‘Transitions’ ~ CD Review by Sammy Stein
Waves’ opens the CD and starts with a gentle,...
Featured Gig | Christian McBride, A-Trane Berlin
Join Christian to experience New Jawn, which, translated from...
s’wonderful Ella Fitzgerald Live in Amsterdam 1957 & 1960 Reviewed by Peter Beije
The Dutch Jazz Archive celebrates the hundredth year of...
Bill Evans Trio | Another Time, The Hilversum Concert.
A performance on the 1968 European tour at the...
Cameron Vale’s CD ‘Jouska’ Reviewed by Sammy Stein
The band are named after the protagonist from an...
Trio Soundscapism – EP Review by Erminia Yardley
Alex Ho on piano and Tsang Tak Hong on...
Almeida | Duynhoven | Klein to open 2017-18 season at the Bimhuis
Opening the 2017-18 season is Almeida / Duynhoven /...
Gilad Atzmon – The Spirit of Trane – CD Review by Sammy Stein
This CD is a spiritual journey along with Coltrane,...
Featured Gig | Jim Mullen Organ Trio, 606 Jazz Club
The popularity of the Club among musicians led to...
New Release | Dial & Oatts Rich DeRosa & The WDR Big Band
In the liner notes to the album the three...
Garth Knox & the Saltarello Trio – Plays…
Garth Knox, a renowned Irish-born violist and composer for...
Turkish Mambo, by Lennie Tristano
In 1955, when Lennie Tristano overdubbed multiple piano parts...
CD Review ~ “Möbius Strip” by Möbius Strip
On listening to the debut album that takes its...
CD Review | Christian Sands “Reach”
Christian Sands, although still young has already built a...
Oscar Peterson Trio | Live in Finland 1965
In 1958 Herb Ellis left the trio and was...
Ray Charles last Raelette ~ Andromeda Turre ~ New live EP
After studying at Berklee College of Music and The...
Mark Guiliana Impresses at Jazz Middelheim 2017
Editor’s note: Read Peter Beije’s daily roundup overview of...
Itamar Borochov Quartet open the See More Jazz Fest. Rostock (Germany)
Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochov’s search for...
Art Pepper West Coast Sessions Volumes 2 & 3
Volume 3 was originally issued as High Jingo by...
Herbie Hancock embarks on U.S. leg of his 2017 World Tour.
Featured Image: Douglas Kirkland Herbie Hancock launched the US leg...
Mads Mathias | A Modern Day Crooner
We started our conversation speaking about his 2012 album...
Joshua Redman to open Oslo Jazz Festival
This year the festival management have extended the festival...
Chuck Loeb dies age 61.
To mark the passing of Chuck Loeb, Jazz Times...
Chasing Trane ~ The New John Coltrane Documentary
Trane is and always will be a hero of...
THE NJE ~ AFLOAT ~ CD review by Sammy Stein
Terry plays trumpet, flugelhorn, saxes, guitar and keys and...
Three Views of a Secret, a portrait of Jaco Pastorius
Zawinul listened to the song and told Pastorius: “That...
Esperanza Spalding Appointed to Harvard’s Music Department Faculty
Four-time Grammy award-winner, jazz bassist, singer-songwriter, lyricist, humanitarian activist,...
Mads Mathias Returns to the UK for BBC Proms appearance
Mathias returns to the UK after sold-out shows last...
Victoria Kaunova, Ilya Morozov Sextet – The First
The album features nine tracks, some standards including an...
Bill Evans | An insight into a Genius.
Between 1966 and 1968 Evans worked with a wide...
All That’s Jazz ~ New book by Sammy Stein ~ a Senior writer for Jazz in Europe
Editor’s note:  Sammy Stein is a tireless supporter and...
Herbie Hancock, Craig Taborn & Kamasi Washington shine at Gent Jazz 2017
Day 1 (6 July) Firstly, It’s a rather strange...
Tina May ~ Cafe Paranoia~ CD review by Sammy Stein
Murphy wrote some pretty off the wall lyrics and...
Remembering Coltrane on the 50th anniversary of his death
At the time of Coltrane’s death I was 7...
Maciej Fortuna Trio live review, July 11th, 2017 ~ A Trumpeter Plus
With a low-key presence on stage, there is the...
Muse Records founder Joe Fields Dies at 88
Joe Fields, a driving force in the jazz music...
CD Review | Tom Haines & The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra “Live”
The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2014 by...
Blues guitarist Nathan James coming to the Netherlands.
When you first meet Nathan James, you know immediately...
Jazz Middelheim 2017 offers Antwerp sixteen top concerts including Van Morrison
The 36th edition of Jazz Middelheim will be held...
Mark Latimer ~ White Sun ~ CD review by Sammy Stein
The first is produced from live recordings at St...
Moving and groovin’ ~ a great performance by super-hero George Benson
Simon Cook, managing director at Ronnie’s, introduces Benson for...
Woody Allen ~ a legend in cinematographic plays Jazz @ The Royal Albert Hall
His band, The New Orleans Band, are with him...
Stanley Clarke – European Tour Dates
Stanley Clarke (Philadelphia, 1951) is for the bass guitar...
Sony Music to restart vinyl production in Japan.
Until now the production of vinyl has been mostly...
Robert Mitchell | A Vigil For Justice, A Vigil For Peace
On his website Mitchell states that the original poetry...
Pianist Geri Allen dies age 60
Ms. Allen, a Detroit native, began taking piano and...
Alan Broadbent releases his Developing Story…
“Developing Story” is a dream come true album for...
Fiona Ross ~ CD Review: Just Me (and sometimes someone else)
‘Just me (and sometimes someone else’ comes as a...
Get Totally Jazzed @ Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2017
For over three decades, Vancouver’s signature festival has brought...
Valencia Jazz Festival 2017 – Fun in the Sun
Jazz is rich and diverse; it’s a language that...
An adventure in jazz ~ post review by Sammy Stein
I have to begin by saying the support from...
Mijke Loeven New Director of the Bimhuis
Van Riel has been an inspirational leader at the...
Bohemia Jazz Fest July 10~18th, 2017
Jazz fans in the Czech Republic look forward every...
Avishai Cohen ~ CD Review ~ Cross My Palm With Silver
The only thing that disappoints me is the playing...
Miles Davis Quintet | It Never Entered My Mind!
The early albums Miles released under Prestige included many...
Featured Gig | Kurt Rosenwinkel – Lantaren Venster Rotterdam
The guitarist from Philadelphia returns to Lantaren Venster in...
Daniel Rosenboom’s CD ‘Reclamation’ Reviewed by Sammy Stein
He has released several albums and in 2015 launched...
CD Review | Libor Šmoldas Organ Trio | Lay It Down
On some tracks, Šmoldas has also taken his cues...
Gloria’s Step~Bill Evans Trio
With that in mind, many Jazz enthusiasts will recommend...
Binker & Moses Latest CD – reviewed by Sammy Stein
Binker Golding studied jazz at Middlesex University and completed...
Ola Onabulé | New Video + USA & European Tour Dates 2017
1)  Ola will appear in the US for three...
ZeelandJazz 09-18 June, 2017
After years of absence, Lew Tabackin returns to Terneuzen....
Jazz @ Prague Proms 2017
On Friday, June 23, the Italian guitarist Rocco Zifarelli...
The London Jazz Platform is a new event for London…
Reviewer and author Sammy Stein is curating a one...
Jo Beyer’s new CD ‘JO’ reviewed by Sammy Stein
Here he plays alongside Saxophonist Sven Decker who has...
“Master Drummer, Tony Allen, at his best!”
Highlighting this EP which acts as a preview for...
CD Review | Kristin Korb – Beyond the Moon
On her website Kristin states “(The Album) includes several...
Thelonious Monk Festival – New York, June 1 – 4
This June, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents a majestic...
Nicoletta Tari – a Sammy Stein Interview
Nicoletta was born in Sicily and moved to Urdine...
The Donny McCaslin Group – Honour David Bowie
Donny McCaslin is touring his newest album “Beyond Now”...
“Warriors of Jazz”
The line up was spectacular and deserves all the...
Carla Bley, Steve Swallow & Andy Sheppard |EU tour dates…
Carla (born as Lovella May Borg in 1936) came...
Paola Vera – How to survive jazzahead!
Faced with the feat of having to talk to...
What’s New, by Helen Merrill
Many great singers like Peggy Lee and Nat King...
Hard to Categorize The Necks | EU tour dates for early May 2017
The Necks were formed in 1987, and besides Tony...
“Flow London” – EP – Tjoe Man Cheung
I subsequently listened to “Flow London”, Tjoe’s second self-release...
Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter, & more headline at Gent Jazz Festival 2017
Norah Jones released late last year the CD Day...
See you @ jazzahead!
I hope to have some One-on- one time with...
In Depth CD Review of Trialogue by the Marco Marconi Trio
I reviewed Marco’s last album, Nordik (33JazzRecords 2015) and...
Avishai Cohen (the trumpeter) Best With Fine Wine & Tour Dates
All fine trumpeters are going to be influenced by...
Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
Recently dubbed “the Superman of the Bay Area jazz...
“Swing in the name of perfection”
The band plays live like there is no tomorrow:...
Honoring Abbey Lincoln – a Woman of Love & Protest
Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) was a prominent American jazz vocalist...
Uli Beckerhoff, Artistic Director of jazzahead! – Shares some key benefits of attending in 2017
Listen in on part 2 of my informative podcast...
5 Questions to Georgia Mancio, asked by Erminia Yardley
1.  The Mancio/ Broadbent co-operation has shown itself to be...
Georgia Mancio & Alan Broadbent @ Ronnie Scott’s – “Songbook”: the album launch
Georgia Mancio steps on stage with a beautifully elegant...
David Helbock Trio | Tapping into Austrian Soul Jazz | Review & Tour Dates
But European jazz pianists taking on the Classical masters...
“When Soweto came to Ronnies”
Performing from his latest album, Nonagram, and together with...
The Inimitable Uli Beckerhoff – Part 1
When presented with the gift of spending one-to-one time...
‘Hank Mobley in Holland’ is a nice new chapter in Dutch jazz history.
He had his first gigs in The Netherlands and...
Oran Etkin Trio at Jazz Dock, Mladi Ladi Jazz Festival, Prague, Czech Republic
During the first two weeks of April, the multifaceted...
Master Musicians of Joujouka led by Bachir Attar | European Tour April 2017
Here’s some supporting background on the well-known musicians and...
“Charlie Parker is alive and well”
Uhm, how those words ring true!  With arrangements by...
Native French, Gabrielle Ducomble | La Chateuse délicieuse
As part of the “French Fest” at Zédel, the...
jazzahead! 2017 April 27-30 U.S. Jazz Industry
Jeff Levenson is a highly respected voice in the ongoing...
Chris Standring and Mica Paris Concert Review
His attire, a very relaxed one with flares and...
Dot Time Records Launches Louis Armstrong Legacy Series.
By: Peter McLaren | Photos Courtesy of the Louis...
Paul Jost at Cornelia Street Café
On the first Tuesday of every month, the iconic...
Logan Richardson | On Blue Note | Late March EU Tour Dates
So it is always with much anticipation and high...
Carlo Muscat | CD Review | “explorations”
His first album ‘The Sound Catalogues Vol.1 – Extraordinary...
Typhanie Monique ‘Call It Magic’ CD Release Show Old Town School of Music Chicago, IL.
Typhanie Monique is a skilled performer. This was on...
Hazmat Modine – A Weird American Post-Modern Blues & World Music Fusion Experience
Tom Waits at his roots has the same offbeat...
Louis Hayes @ Ronnies – An 80th birthday celebration gig!
In the words of Jeremy Pelt, trumpet player, entertainer...
CD Review | “Bomb” by Blurt
Ted Milton – poet, puppeteer and musician – founded...
The Alex Skolnick Trio | Europe Unbound Tour (presented by Guitar Magazine) in March.
Alex Skolnick is the veteran guitarist of Testament, a...
An Evening with Ola Onabule…RAW
Text: Lori I. Huutie | Photos: Rolf Schoellkopf On a...
SAVE & WIN a Jazz Weekend Getaway in Andalucia, Spain courtesy of JazzinEurope
Well, Jazz in Europe and Club Jazz @ Casa...
Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation partners with Dot Time Records
Dot Time Records is proud to announce its license...
Zhenya Strigalev’s Never Group on its Seemingly Never-Ending Tour
The Never Group album begins with an odd introduction...
The Eternity of Dexter Gordon | Dexternity CD Review
Dexter Gordon was born on 27 February 1923. He...
Jazz Guitarist Chris Standring ~ A Live London Recording Session with special guest artist Mica Paris
1) Chris, at the end of this month, we...
New Video Premiere February 18. Exclusively at All About Jazz!
“I feel it is my responsibility as an artist...
Meddy Gerville, Tropical Rain – CD Review
During his career Meddy has built an impressive discography...
Daniel Zimmermann | CD Review – Montagnes Russes
‘Au temps Otant’ opens the CD and is just...
Paola Vera – Addicted to My Love – Jazz groove for Valentine’s day and beyond…
Paola’s music blends her passion for Jazz with a...
Made In New York Jazz Announces Competition Winners
Judges and committee members worked hard through the holiday...
Star Names For Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017
“One of the UK’s classiest and most eclectic jazz...
Grammy Nominated Ben Wendel – Jazz Torn between Two Coasts: Brooklyn & La-la Land
Meanwhile, another saxophonist and composer, born on the West...
Konstrukt – Molto Bene – CD Review
‘Mercan’ strikes up an atmosphere at the top of...
AKI RISSANEN – Winner of the Best Jazz Album @ Emma Awards
Listen to Amorandom and follow on Spotify Buy CD Listen to Aki talk about...
Jacqui Dankworth presents |“Shakespeare and all that Jazz” | special guest: Simon Callow
A graceful and feline Jacqui Dankworth steps on stage...
North Sea jazz 2017 | Top Global Artist Confirmed
“This is one of the greatest events in music…in...
Violinist Tim Kliphuis: ‘Jazz musicians should think out of the box more’
The Tim Kliphuis Trio is combustion of talent. The...
West Of The World – Debut CD Review
Ashley visited West Africa in 2013 and it proved...
Curtis Stigers – the perfect crooner
“Let it snow” opens the show and at the...
Carl Hyde’s world of fantastical photos…
This guy has done well: truck-loads of passion, a...
We free queens (Rhoda Scott Lady Quartet)
The opening track is ‘We Free Queens’, which harmonic,...
Changes “1983” | CD Review
By Peter McLaren | Sidebar photo’s by Zbigniew Lewandowski...
Dinosaur – Chamber Jazz From Another World
Their second release on Chaos Collective, “Human Spirit” (2015)...
London Jazz Platform 2017 – Ten Artists and Counting!
Writer Sammy Stein was recently on the influential Jazz...
Mike Casey | ‘The Sound Of Surprise: Live at The Side Door’
‘Hydraulics’ opens the CD with a strong, stomping drums...
Bobby Selvaggio – Quantum Man
Over the last few years, there have been a...
Gigi – “Invisible Ink” – Ltd. edition LP
After an incredible reception and success of the EP...
Jochen Rueckert Quartet – the “Charm Offensive” Tour
Rueckert’s debut album “Introduction” was released in 1998, and...
Threestyle | Road to Monterey | 4 weeks at No.1
Road To Monterey is the new single from chart-topping,...
Book review | ‘Graphic Works 1959-2016′ | Peter Brotzmann
Because he is both – Peter Brotzmann is a...
CD Review – Dave Liebman – Is seeing believing?
Each tune in this quintet’s project has the capacity...
Shirley Horn – “Here’s to Life, Here’s to Love, Here’s to You for 2017
I celebrate that song with you at the close...
Finally a worthy tribute to Don Byas in The Netherlands
Don Byas lived the last seventeen years of his...
Esteban Alvarez | ‘Tico Groove’
Esteban was first nominated as a “Steinway Artist” back...
Wanderlust by Mike Adcock | CD Review
Wanderlust features eight of Mike’s compositions and an arrangement...
jazzahead! 2017 showcase programme announced.
The four multinational juries, which select the showcase programme...
CD Review of Duncan Lamont’s – As if by Magic
Mr Benn, as some will know, is a bowler-hatted...
Ola Onabule 2016 London Concert Review
I have been blessed to have enjoyed such moments...
Marcus Strickland – London Concert Review – “Intense and beautiful”
There was a hush in the air on the...
Brazilian Bossa Nova Rosa Passos featuring Kenny Barron
Passos has been anointed the “female João Gilberto,” but...
Jason Lindner’s Now vs. Now
In an interview for Rolling Stone, in December 2015,...
“A Sardinian extravaganza” Filomena Campus
As part of the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival,...
jazzahead! announces 2017 Gala Concert
By: Nigel J. Farmer | Photos (c) Oliver Reetz...
Rob van Bavel and son Sebastiaan keep on exploring jazz
Rob graduated in 1987 at the Rotterdam Conservatory with...
CD Review | Arctic Blues Release November 25 – 2016
Now seeing as Eero was one of the original...
Featured Gig | Ola Onabule
Ola Onabule’s distinct and highly identifiable style unites jazz,...
Ahmad Jamal – One of A Kind
Ahmad Jamal has a certain magic in his playing...
Featured Gig | Maciek Pysz – London Jazz Festival
Maciek Pysz is a guitarist and composer known for...
Angus Bayley CD Review and Q&A.
The album opens with “Alex’s song” which flows so...
Alex Jønsson | release Nov 25
To put full context to Alex and his music,...
A French Jazz Shaman is Freed
The French saxophonist Guillaume Perret (born 1980 in Annecy)...
10 X Grammy Award Winner – Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri who is known for his banging, percussive...
Amit Friedman, – Long Way To Go
The Album opens with the title track “Long Way...
CD Review | Soweto Kinch | Nonagram
He straddles different worlds in his roles as musician,...
Mother Africa – Magic in Manhattan
The rhythmic and romantic music of Africa makes its...
SUPERSILENT – a so-called Death Jazz trio
Since at least the mid 90s, with the rise...
CD Review – Sara Dowling “From Shadows into Light”
Apart from singing beautifully on the album, Sara Dowling...
Keeping Spiritual and Psychedelic Jazz Alive
They are coming back to Europe this November to...
Jimmy Heath: Life of a Legend
“As an alto player I had been given the...
Jazzahead! 2017: Deadline for Showcases.
Applications to be considered for a showcase performance at...
Phos Duo | CD Review by Sammy Stein
Since they formed Phos in 2008 out of a...
Bugge Wesseltoft’s New Conception of Jazz – 2016 Edition
In other words, Bugge Wesseltoft (born 1964) is a...
George Wein -The Life of a Legend
Wein a pianist, was joined by the Newport All...
Pimping the jazz fantastic…
Let’s do some math: five very “hyper” musicians, one...
Lars Fiil | CD Review from Sammy Stein
‘Why Search For Common Ground ‘ opens the CD...
Jazz Goes to Town in Hradec Kralove, East Bohemia
On Tuesday, Oct. 18th, the opening night’s headliner at...
Monty Alexander & Friends: Sinatra at 100
Frank Sinatra was born December 12, 1915.  One hundred...
Paul Jost | Re-imagining Bruce Springsteen
Michael Kline, who founded and produces the Exit Zero...
Nils Petter Molvaer—a true jazz explorer from the North
Molvaer’s newest recording “Buoyancy” was recorded and released in...
Joe Smith and The Spicy Pickles | CD Review.
The Spicy Pickles have re-introduced swing and big band...
Kenny Garrett Interview
“Marcus Belgrave still makes it possible for musicians like...
Swing in Breda
Jan Learbuch is one of those people in the...
John Scofield ponders
Mainly, I’ve been a big fan of his music...
Magnus Öström – Has Landed Safely
On his debut release, “Thread of Life” (2012), the...
Kosi | CD Review
It opens with an introduction to Cohen’s Introduction (Hallelujah)...
Binker & Moses interview – The super London duo!
On the last day of the Love Supreme Festival,...
Ola Onabulé | Podcast Interview
Ola is a meaningful musical artist, warm-hearted and gracious....
CD Review | Ben Webster meets Piet Noordijk – Johnny Come Lately
Shortly after his death, an LP was published with...
Mars Williams & Switchback
The Chicago-based free jazz saxophonist Mars Williams may be...
Zurich Jazz Festival “jazznojazz” | Exciting mix of urban jazz, soul and fusion
Sponsored by the Zurich Cantonal Bank and co-sponsor, Migros...
Maria Schneider – Two 2016 Grammy Awards
Born November 27, 1960 in Windom, Minnesota, Maria Schneider...
Harmonica Titan Toots Thielemans dies at 94
Thielemans was pre-eminently a jazz musician — and he...
Roundup – Jazz Middelheim 2016
Astonishing Artist in residence this year was the Israeli...
Interview with Alan Gorrie – Average White Band
EY -  A band who defies longevity, I asked...
CD Review – Suite Três Rios
With parents who are Portuguese and Italian, his cultural...
Chuck Israels | 80 years and going strong.
Chuck Israels was born on the 10th of August...
George DeLancey – Self-Titled Debut CD
NYC Release Gig: September 28- Smalls Jazz Club Straight Ahead...
Theo Jackson makes his American debut at Washington’s Kennedy Center.
Pianist/Vocalist Theo Jackson has a number of high profile...
Ray Gelato interview
There was glorious weather for all, people, musicians, agents,...
Lost recording’s from Joe Bushkin, Buck Clayton, Milt Hinton & “Papa” Jo Jones
Joe Bushkin, the leader, was a gifted pianist who...
ASHLEY KAHN RETURNS TO MIDDELHEIM
MORE INTERESTING JAZZ TALKS TO COME! Last year Ashley...
CD Review – Nina Baun
Straight from the horse’s mouth herself – the album...
Latin Jazz Bassist Honors Tito Puente +
Henriquez has performed with Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Eddie...
Femi Temowo interview
Nigerian born, London based, Femi is a striking guitarist...
CD Review – Benet McLean
In his early 20s he began playing keyboards in...
Wayne Shorter, Living Legend By Scott H. Thompson
Wynton Marsalis points out that Mr. Shorter has a...
FESTIVAL FLASHES GENT JAZZ 2016 – PART TWO
The second part of the festival began Thursday, July...
Featured Gig | Shez Raja with Soweto Kinch | Hideaway London – 22 July
“Entertainment was always on the cards at the Gurutopia...
Ibrahim Maalouf interview with Erminia Yardley
Erminia Yardley and Carl Hyde attended this years Love...
The Love Supreme Festival Report by Erminia Yardley
So here follows my réportage of one of the...
Festival Flashes Gent Jazz 2016 (part one)
NO SIGNATURE Terence Blanchard provided the opening concert. He...
Antwerp to celebrate 35th edition of Jazz Middelheim
The jazz festival begins Friday, August 12. That day...
FESTIVAL FLASHES ZEELANDJAZZ (part two)
The boat trip was intended as a connection between...
Bohemia Jazz Fest 2016
By:Tony Ozuna And this year is no exception. “Charles...
FESTIVAL FLASHES ZEELANDJAZZ (part one)
The Festival Orchestra played for the first time in...
Concert Review | The Hot Sardines – Ronnie Scott’s
By: Erminia Yardley | Photo’s Carl Hyde Uhm, that’s an incredible amount...
Prague Proms—a summer mix of Jazz, Classical, and Film Scores
Prague Proms opens this season, Saturday, June 18th with...
Tomas Doncker interview with Sammy Stein
By: Sammy Stein Tomas was born and bred in...
Maciek Pysz – Podcast Interview
  Maciek Pysz – is now an established musician...
Interview | Martie Rikhof & Claudio Dauelsberg
I felt I need to know more: How does...
Ola Onabule | Love Again
Love Again is the new Single from Ola Onabule’s...
Moon June records celebrates 15th Anniversary
Since the launch of the label MoonJune has built...
Jazzwise appointed Becomes Apple Music Curator
Source:  Jazzwise Magazine Jazzwise is now an official curator on...
CD Review | Event Horizon, Mark Wade
Text by: Sammy Stein | Photos by: Jesse Winter...
Electric Swing Circus
“Swingamajig was awesome!,” says Tom Hyland, the guitarist of...
Exclusive preview | Daniel Bennett Group, Sinking Houseboat Confusion.
They describe their music as, ‘quirky, modern jazz fused...
St Germain Completes Line-Up For Love Supreme Jazz Festival 2016
The latest addition to the bill is acclaimed jazz-house producer...
What every aspiring music artist should consider embracing.
A recent article from Mark Stryker, staff writer for...
CD Review | Valentine’s Eve, Kitty La Roar
By: Sammy Stein | Photo’s courtesy of Artist Available: Amazon | iTunes...
Deborah J. Carter & Millennium Jazz Orchestra headline Hengelo Big Band Festival
On 15 may the 3rd annual Big Band Festival...
Catching up with Greg Osby
This saxophonist has established himself as an influential professional...
Concert Review | Jazzahead Showcases and Clubnight.
After making my rounds at the exhibition, I headed...
CD Review | Elliot Galvin Trio, Punch
‘Punch and Judy’ opens the album and, maybe as...
Two famous Belgian jazz festivals celebrate their birthday in New York
This year two the most eminent jazz festivals in...
Kurt Rosenwinkel and his new project with Tim Motzer, Bandit 65
Bandit 65 is a collaboration with the guitarist Tim...
Two jazz festivals in Zeeland join forces
By Peter Beije | Featured Image: Roberto Cifarilli The...
The Hague International Jazz Days brings live jazz to Bijenkorf The Hague!
The first 100 customers can buy The Hague International...
JAZZAHEAD! TURNS BREMEN INTO A JAZZ METROPOLIS
The 11th  jazzahead! was opened early this evening in...
Tom Ibarra Podcast Interview
Recently I came across a young great sounding jazz...
Featured Gig | Shez Raja – 606 Jazz Club London
The 606 gig is the official launch of Shez...
CD Review | Magnus Thuelund “First Song”
Thuelund, a former resident of New York and now...
Simona Parrinello launches new CD in Milan
Con Alma was released in February this year and...
Vs Interpretation | A New Festival of Free Improvisation
Kerbaj recorded the 40 minute improvisation and later released...
Chuck Israels | Podcast Interview
The first in the series has Nigel J. spending...
Kris Bowers headlines Teens Tunes (Mladi Ladi) Jazz Festival.
The title of Bower’s new album “Heroes + Misfits”...
CD Review | Mac Gollehon & The Hispanic Mechanics
At 13, Mac met bandleader and cornet player Merle...
jazzahead! an American perspective
Recently, US Jazz Journalist, Scott Thompson sat down with...
Contemporary Jazz Piano Summit – Prague, April 16
By: Tony Ozuna Although Gerald Clayton has recently been...
Gent Jazz Festival: 28 major concerts in seven days
This July (7th to 16th) 2016, marks the fifteenth  year...
CD Review | Simona Parrinello – Con Alma
The album opens Beatrice, a haunting version of the...
Finnish pianist Joonas Haavisto releases new trio album “Oku”
Haavisto on piano is joined by Antti Lötjönen on bass and Joonas...
Concert Review | Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and the Jazz@Lincoln Centre orchestra
The Barbican Centre, Mr Wynton Marsalis with Mr Wayne...
Cd Review | Avishai Cohen – ‘Into the Silence
Tragedy and drama are often a good breeding ground...
EP Review | Skylark – Kitty La roar (Featuring Nick Shankland)
Kitty uses it as a vocal vehicle on which...
Nigel J. Farmer appointed Editor in Chief of Jazz In Europe
Nigel will take over from Peter McLaren who stepped...
Swing Club Breda – A mix of famous and young talent on the same stage!
Jan Learbuch continues his historical support in boosting the...
JazzAhead announces 2016 showcase program
On 21 April, the showcase program begins with the...
Rony Verbiest honors accordionist Johnny Meijer
By Peter Beije | Photo’s by  Eddy Westveer Johnny...
CD Review | Maciek Pysz “A Journey”
A Journey is a collection of eleven original compositions...
Interview with Knoel Scott – Part 3
Read Part 1 & Part 2 of the interview...
Interview with Knoel Scott – Part 2
Read Part 1 of this interview here. How did you get...
Interview with Knoel Scott – Part 1
Interview by: Sammy Stein | Photo’s courtesy of Dawid Laskowski...
London’s Most Diverse And Innovative Jazz Ensemble Release Debut Album.
Driven by a plethora of styles and disciplines, combined...
Pianist Philip Clouts tours England and Scotland
It’s an album that confirms the Cape Town-born Clouts’...
Featured Gig | Norbert Kögging | Rabotheater Hengelo
This coming Saturday dutch vocalist Norbert Kögging will launch...
Phil Woods dies age 83
Jazz legend Phil Woods died Tuesday morning, according to...
Featured Gig | Shez Raja Collective live at the 606 Jazz Club | 1 October 2015
Since the formation of his collective in 2007 his...
Evan Christopher’s Django à la Créole Tours Europe
Evan Christopher’s Django à la Créole spices up the...
MPS Presents The Definitive Collection Of Recordings By The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio
This definitive collection of classic albums and undiscovered material...
CD Review | Ola Onabule: “It’s The Peace That Deafens”
By: Peter McLaren | Photo’s courtesy of the artist...
Swing Festival Breda features eight free concerts.
A total of 21 artists will perform including one...
Festival Flashes from Jazz Middelheim (Antwerp)
Jazz Middelheim in the Belgian city of Antwerp will...
A1 voice and piano team hit the road to Scotland
May and Iles met when the then-Leeds-based pianist’s trio...
Chick Corea, Casandra Wilson & Stanley Clarke play JazznoJazz Festival
The 17th edition of the Zurich Jazzfestival jazznojazz promises...
Award-winning Edinburgh jazz venue adds extra shows to its Fringe programme
Guitarist Graeme Stephen, saxophonist Martin Kershaw, bassist Mario Caribe...
New York Round Midnight | Netherlands largest jazz production
The show takes you back to the turbulent nightlife...
James Tormé headlines Rye Jazz & Blues 2015
The Spectrum Jazz Lounge introduced for the first time...
Featured Gig | The Majamisty Trio – Pizza Express – Aug 30
Sunday 30 August will see the London debut of...
Live Review | Ola Onabule at the Mundus Festival in Italy – July 16th 2015
The show started by looking to the future with...
Gig Review | The Blockheads Ipswich 24th July 2015
The Music Room in Ipswich was the venue. The...
Featured Gig | Jason Rebello Trio – 606 Jazz Club London
A multi-award winner and ferociously talented musician, Jason has...
Festival Flashes from Gent Jazz 2015 (part Two)
By: Peter Beije | Photos: Maurits van Hout This...
Davey Payne | Blockheads and beyond (Part Two)
Davey Payne – Part Two By: Sammy Stein After...
Gilad Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble at Ipswich Jazz Club
From the start, things went well. It was one...
Festival Flashes from Gent Jazz 2015 (part one)
By: Peter Beije | Photos: Maurits van Hout Friday...
Featured Gig | Erin Dickins – Ronnie Scott’s London
Erin Dickins has enjoyed career singers dream about. After...
Maciek Pysz Announces November Tour Dates
Recorded at Artesuono studio in Udine, Italy, ‘A Journey’...
Featured Gig | Hilario Durán Trio – Bimhuis Amsterdam
Hilario Durán makes his instrument sound like an orchestra...
Becca Horne chats with Mario “El Indio” Morejon
Gillespie could have been speaking about Cuban born musician,...
Uli Beckerhoff | Everyone has heroes
By Rob Adams | 1st published by the Herald Scotland....
Interview with Ntjam Rosie
Ntjam has recently released her new album “The One”...
Featured Gig | Robert Glasper at Jazz Tibet Club – Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Glasper, bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid—who form...
Interview with Deborah J. Carter
Carter premiered her latest release in the Canary Islands...
CD Review | Marco Marconi Trio “Nordik”
Marco Marconi is a pianist who studied classical piano...
Neil Tesser Wins 2015 Lifetime Achievement In Jazz Journalism Award
Tesser may be best known as program host and...
Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2015 | July 3-12, 2015
Copenhagen’s legendary status as one of the jazz capitals...
Ntjam Rosie performs at the Dutch Jazzday & North Sea Jazz Festival
Ntjam Rosie, Cameroon-born, Dutch-based Afro-European artist, has become a...
CD Review | Toine Thys Trio: “Grizzly”
By: Peter Bieje Toine Thys’s trio plays in a...
Rogier Telderman and Vincent Houdijk win the Dutch “Young VIP” award.
As part of the prize both musicians will perform...
Interview | Eric Ineke: “I want the swing to be alive”
By Marta Ramón | photos by Jan Klupper Eric Ineke’s musical...
Enrico Pieranunzi, Tina May, Tony Coe | Home Is Where The Heart Is
The first track, ‘Don’t Forget The Poet, Please’ is...
Ornette Coleman dies age 85
Today we received the sad news that Ornette Coleman,...
Featured Gig | Maciek Pysz Quartet at London’s Vortex
The Quartet led by Guitarist and Composer Maciek Pysz...
Featured Gig | “Hammond Eggs” feat. Randy Brecker & Bob Mintzer,
For this new production, the three musicians expanded the...
606 Jazz Club & Fulham Palace present “Jazz on the Lawn”
Now in its seventh year, Jazz on the Lawn...
Jazz Middelheim 2015 presents varied program
Dr. John & Chris Potter, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano,...
CD Review | The Spike Orchestra – Ghetto
They have played at the Forge in Camden, The...
Ola Onabule signs international recording deal.
“It’s The Peace That Deafens” will be Onabule’s eighth...
Smith & Kellock hit the road
Saxophonist Smith and pianist Kellock have worked together extensively...
Longtime President of Blue Note, Bruce Lundvall passes aged 79
AAJ: Were there particular parts of the book that...
Matt Owens | The Magic of The Aviators’ Ball
The Aviators’ Ball is an eclectic, whimsical, magical mix...
Festival Round-up | Semana Internacional de Jazz – Tenerife
Once again the city of La Laguna on the...
Davey Payne | Blockheads and beyond
Davey was born in 1944 in London. He told...
Collective effort bridges jazz programming gap in Glasgow
Bridge promotions came to a halt at the end...
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s headline Gent Jazz Festival.
Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will be one of...
Theo Jackson launches new CD at St James Theatre London
It isn’t often that an artist comes along as...
Ola Onabule | Interview
Interview by: Becca Horne Born in Islington, London, Ola...
Jazz In Europe launches Amazon aStore
In addition we have added the Amazon store widget...
Interview with Massimiliano Rolff
By: Marta Ramon In addition to his outstanding reputation...
Sharp Sounds and Dirty Quotes from Tomasz Stańko
Tomasz Stańko is by far the most accomplished Polish...
Bert van den Brink: Magician with sound.
By: Peter Beije | Photo courtesy of the artist...
Dot Time Records announces the signing of UK based guitarist Maciek Pysz.
In 2010, he established his current trio with drummer...
SNJO swings towards its 20th anniversary
By: Rob Adams Elling has been open in his...
Live Review | Fund Raiser for UNPREDICTABLE – A film about Terry Day
By: Sammy Stein Over the course of an evening...
Raul Midón | A Chat with Becca Horne
Interview by: Becca Horne Midón was born in the...
Kitty la Roar and Nick Shankland | Live Review
By: Sammy Stein La Roar and Shankland have been...
Tom Green | Musician on a mission
By: Rob Adams | Photos: Courtesy of the Artist....
Brotzmann, Drake, Parker at Londons Café Oto | Live Review
By: Sammy Stein We met one dismal cold day...
Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias dies aged 71
His voice had the sound of someone who had...
The New Orleans Jazz Beat
By: Allen Yhorst Kimble, Jr | Photos courtesy of the...
Blanco returns to make Celtic connections
Blanco made a big impression on his first full...
Duane Eubanks | Things of that Particular Nature
Article by: Becca Horne | Photo’s courtesy of Duane...
Chopin Lives On! | Outstanding Polish Jazz Pianists – Part 1
By:  Wojciech Oleksiak | Coutsey of: Culture.pl  It may be...
Fat Suit produce the goods
Fat-Suit didn’t go into the music business to make...
Ole Seimetz | My Everything
“I’d never thought about playing drums until I saw...
Hailey Tuck | Jazz Darling
By Becca Horne | Photo’s Courtesy of Artist Hailey Tuck,...
Rein de Graaff: Entrepreneur in swing
By Peter Beije | Featured Photo – Eddy Westveer...
Adrienne West & Alessio Menconi present new CD.
According to West, the renowned duo of Ella Fitzgerald...
Theo Jackson plays Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room & St James Theater
Having recently been granted permission to set lyrics to...
Stephanie Nilles and Zach Brock tour Germany
Chicago-born jazz/punk/barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles has been doin’ Kesey...
Product Review | Overscore Manuscript Tape
OK, now I have your attention, what is Overscore?...
Crooner Tony Bennett Brings His Jazz Collections to Casino Rama
Bennett has recently announced the latest of his releases,...
From broomsticks to fiddle sticks story makes Bangalore dream come true
“My mother thought I’d gone mad,” says the now...
Renaud Garcia-Fons | Beyond The Double Bass
By DAN BILAWSKY | Courtesy of  ALL ABOUT JAZZ...
Sax and trumpet recreate classics – with strings attached
Alto saxophonist Paul Towndrow and trumpeter Ryan Quigley will...
An interview with Yosuke Sato
by Enrique Alonso, photos courtesy of Yosuke Sato I...
The Mozaic Jazz Festival launches Friday 14 November.
One of the most exciting developments in the European...
Estrella & Esquina 25 | Bethany’s Jazz Club
The music of Esquina 25 pays tribute to the...
CD Review | Tineke Postma – Greg Osby | Sonic Halo
It was an emphatic wish of Tineke Postma to...
Laura Macdonald & David Berkman launch new CD
he two musicians, who have worked together in various...
A Jazz Talk with Gary Burton
By: Yannick Ilunga | Courtesy of The Jazz Spotlight Citing pianist Bill...
International contest for young musicians in Belgium
For 35 years it was called Jazz Hoeilaart. Next...
The Jazz Spotlight Festival Guide | November 2014
This month, Australia celebrates jazz combined with good wine...
Phil Markowitz – Zach Brock Quartet | Perpetuity.
Dot Time Records | D9031 Perpetuity is the second...
Jazz Jantar | Robert Glasper, James Carter and Avant-garde
By: Wojtek Oleksiak | Courtesy of Culture.pl From : 4...
Featured Venue | Fasching Jazz Club – Stockholm
This Manhattan-style jazz club is a vibrant music hub...
South African Clouts hitting the road to Scotland
South Africa-born Clouts, who takes his new quartet on...
Millennium Jazz Orchestra | Safety Zone
By JACK BOWERS | Courtesy of All About Jazz...
Made In New York Jazz Competition | Special Offer
To all our loyal readers, Recently we published an...
Paul Jost | Breaking Through
Paul Jost | Breaking Through Dot Time Records Paul...
Jazz Near You launches House Concert Series.
Ricci will kick off the first Jazz Near You...
Made in NY Jazz Competition
Contestants enter the Made in New York Jazz Competition...
36th. International jazz festival Praha
User News By: Filip Bršťák The festival opens on October...
Bimhuis At 40 | Older, Better, Business As Usual
By JOAN GANNIJ  | courtesy of  ALL ABOUT JAZZ The Bim’s roots...
Artist Interview | Mike McKoy
Ludwig Manhattan’s Germaican Blues (Sedajazz Records, 2014) is his...
Alan Broadbent releases new album on Vinyl.
StageIT.com is a new platform that allows artists to...
CD Review | Eric Ineke, Cruisin’
The new cd, ‘Cruisin’, simply confirms that. With trumpeter...
Swing Festival Breda
The Dutch town of Breda has a long tradition...
Featured Venue | The 606 Jazz Club London
By: Rob Adams Rubie and “the Six,” as it’s...
jazznojazz 2014 | 16th Zurich International Festival
The programme with true musical pearls features no less than 19...
The drummer who floored “Q” takes his exciting young band to Scotland
Howell “floored” Quincy Jones, the legendary film soundtrack composer...
Summer Jazz Cycle Tour 2014 | Groningen, The Netherlands
Text and Photos by: Eddy Westveer Traditionally the tour...
Colianni, Bancroft, Mullen & Molley take it from the Bridge in Scotland
New York-based pianist John Colianni’s big swinging quartet leads...
Jazz Spotlight – Festival Guide (September 2014)
By Yannick Ilunga | Courtesy of  The Jazz Spotlight Even...
Festival Flash | Jazz Middelheim 2014, Day 3&4
Text Peter Beije | photo’s Eddy Westveer Day Three...
Edinburgh venue The Outhouse wins Herald Angel award
By: ROB ADAMS The Outhouse, which is home to...
Festival Flash | Jazz Middelheim 2014, Day 1&2
Text Peter Beije | photo’s Eddy Westveer Day One...
Umbria Jazz Festival 2014
By THOMAS CONRAD | Source All About Jazz What...
Fusion collective Fat-Suit hit the road in Europe
Scottish fifteen-piece fusion collective Fat-Suit have announced their first...
Kora Band Signs to ‘Whirlwind Recordings’ For Release of New Cities in Spring 2015
Founded by London-based, American pianist and composer Andrew Oliver...
Tommaso Starace: Italian Short Stories (2014)
By: BRUCE LINDSAY, | Source : All About Jazz ...
Blue Note Records Launches New Blue Note 75 App For IPad
Source | All About Jazz Now available exclusively on...
The Music Never Dies
Presently, all the massive names have released a flood...
Day of mourning in the Netherlands
It was almost one week ago that the tragic...
Festival Flashes | Gent Jazz 2014 | Day One
By PETER BEIJE | Gent Jazz 2014: seven days...
Dave Holland’s Prism At Copenhagen Jazzhouse
By JAKOB BAEKGAARD, | Courtesy of All About Jazz...
Jeff Beck In Cologne
By PHILLIP WOOLEVER, | Courtesy of All About Jazz...
Alita Moses wins 12th Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition
Jazz in Europe congratulates the winners of the 2014...
Legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies age 76
Source : USA TODAY Haden’s record label, ECM, released...
Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition Draws World’s Greatest Upcoming Violinists To Kracow
Source: All About Jazz The first edition of the...
Music Sales Continue Slide As Streaming Soars
SOURCE: HYPEBOT, Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS has released...
A Foreigner’s Guide to Polish Jazz
By Wojciech Oleksiak & Cezary Lerski| Courtesy of Culture.pl Polish...
London pianist, Theo Jackson signs with US based label.
By: PETER McLARREN | Photo Credit: BEN AMURE Jackson has...
Aaron Goldberg featured at Roma Summer Jazz Workshop 2014
The Workshop is designed for both Italian and international...
Max Sunyer Headlines Candas Jazz Festival 2014
The festival features a slightly different set-up to most...
Jazz Liège Festival 2014 | Review
By JEAN-PIERRE GOFFIN, | courtesy of ALL ABOUT JAZZ...
Preview of the July Jazz Festivals in Basque Country | Spain
By: Enrique Alonso | Photos by: Lolo Vasco Heineken...
Horace Silver Dies At 85; Pioneering Jazz Pianist And Composer
Courtesy of: All About Jazz Silver died Wednesday at...
Jan Sturiale | The journey of Electric Water
By MARTA RAMON | Photo’s courtesy of the artist...
The Passion Of Lorenzo Tucci
By ROBIN ARENDS | courtesy of  ALL ABOUT JAZZ...
Festival Flashes | Scheldejazz Festival, Terneuzen (The Netherlands)
DAY 1 – VIRTUOSO FOOTWORK Friday June 13th 2014:...
Veronica’s Tales Jazz Festival | June 18 to 21
The Veronica’s Tales festival is one of the new...
Yass | The Jazz, the Filth and the Fury
By W. OLEKSIAK | courtesy of CULTURE.PL The 1990s...
Midem Moves Cannes Conference To June, Announces New Initiatives
Source: HYPEBOT | Published: 2 June 2014 International music...
Phronesis At Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast
By IAN PATTERSON | courtesy of ALL ABOUT JAZZ Phronesis |...
Jazz Middelheim can’t do without the music of Toots Thielemans
By PETER BEIJE | Photos BRUNO BOLLAERT Since 1981,...
Kenny Werner on Toots Thielemans
‘There will never be another one like Toots’ -...
Takeshi Asai: French Trio, Vol. 1
By GEANNINE REID | courtesy of  ALL ABOUT JAZZ Choosing...
Linley Hamilton: Right On The Wavelength
By IAN PATTERSON  | courtesy of  ALL ABOUT JAZZ Trumpeter Linley...
Mai Jazz 2014 | Stavanger, Norway
Mai Jazz 2014 | Stavanger, Norway | May 6-11, 2014 Live...
Jazz In Europe’s founder, Johan van Deeg steps down.
Due to health reasons, Johan van Deeg will step...
Sun Ra | One hundred years on.
While the above statement may seem to be a...
All About Jazz release spring edition of the All About Jazz magazine
The 2nd edition of the Magazine is somewhat special...
Tim Hauser, Manhattan Transfer & Food
This is not at all surprising, in a recent...
Christine Allen steps down as Trustee of Jazz Services
Vice-Chair Christine Allen has stepped down from Jazz Services...
Veronica’s Tales present Kenny Garret Quintet | 18 May 2014
Kenny Garrett is widely recognized as one of the...
Darcy James Argue headlines Ghent Jazz Festival
The Belgian festival had the American big band on...
Marjorie Barnes with Equinox | Rotterdam 23rd May 2014
Equinox is a quintet co-led by guitarist Dan Nicholas,...
Guitar legend Jim Hall dies age 83
Back in the late 1970′s I had just begun...
An Interview with Spanish Guitarist Roc Calvet
These different influences he pours into the tunes he...
Jim Mullen receives Lifetime Achievement Award at Scottish Jazz Awards
Affleck, who appears with the bands Vieux Carre and...
Arik Strauss Trio | “Mostly Ballads” Review
The reason that this was brought to my mind...
WORLD PREMIERE OF THE OSCAR PETERSON LEGACY QUARTET
Less than two weeks ago, a spectacular new venue...
Impossible Gentlemen | UK Tour Dates
The Impossible Gentlemen will be promoting their second acclaimed...
Jan Sturiale | The new studio album Electric Water
This versatility makes of him one of the most...
Marc Halbheer and the 5th Edition release new CD
The source for his compositions is the ancient knowledge...
The Finnish Line | Finland’s finest musicians at LIFEM
The program opens with the distinctive Finno-Ugric close harmonies...
Made In New York Jazz Competition
There have been many jazz contests held through the...
Sidney Bechet | The Wizard Of Jazz by John Chilton
Both were natives of the melting pot that was...
Valencia swings
Five festivals in five Valencian towns have made the...
Tobin wins top prize at Edinburgh Festival
The concert, part of the inaugural British Vocal Jazz...
Cedar Walton dies aged 79
Cedar Walton was a prolific recording and performing artist....
James Tormé at The Rio Café, Glasgow
James Tormé had announced a low-key pop-up gig to...
The Whirlwind Festival | October 10, 11 & 12 | Kings Place in London
The inaugural Whirlwind Festival will present 18 bands, all led...
Dutch radio program Jazz Meeting reaches listeners worldwide
After 14 years Jazz Meeting has grown from a...
George Duke dies age 67
Veteran jazz, R&B, funk and fusion keyboard virtuoso George...
Europe’s first lady of jazz Rita Reys dies age 88
Known to many as Europe’s first lady of jazz...
Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall invites submissions from Jazz composers
They are seeking a jazz composer and performer to...
Clamshell Records | Vector Series
The aim of this series is to publish and...
Erin Dickins | Java Jive
Hi All! My name is Erin Dickins. I am...
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra with Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra have...
‘STREETJAZZ’ Show 712
Below is the playlist for our latest ‘STREETJAZZ’ Show...
The Dutch Jazz Day | 28 & 29 June 2013 | Rotterdam
The Jazz Day is the leading Dutch jazz network...
Leo Blanco | The Forge, London – 24 June 2013
Venezuelan Leo Blanco is a genuine piano master. Rooted...
Rusconi win Echo Jazz 2013 prize in the category “Best live act”
Swiss based, BEE JAZZ recording artists, Rusconi have won...
Review Brass Jaw | Glasgow Art Club
More recently, they’ve been entertaining commuters at Glasgow Central...
Leo Blanco embarks on first major UK tour
Blanco’s previous visits to Scotland have been nothing short...
Donnie McCaslin to teach at the Spezia Jazz Masterclass 2013
Spezia Jazz Masterclass 2013 – From 1 July through...
Video interview with bassist Harvie S
I recently followed the twitter account from the Creative...
JazzAhead, Skoda club night | Spotlight on De Liefde
First cab off the rank is the 72 meter...
Yellowjackets Tour Scotland | March 2013
Starting this Sunday, Mothers’ Day, March 10th, Grammy winning,...
Jazzahead! Skoda Club Night | April-27, 2013 in Bremen
April 27 promises to be an unforgettable night of...
Trumpet player Kenny Ball dies at the age of 82.
UK trumpet player Kenny Ball passed away this morning...
Dave Liebman & Vein | European tour 2013
Dave liebman together with Swiss Trio VEIN will be...
New Releases from French label BeeJazz
Founded in 2003 by Alexandre Leforestier and , French...
JazzNet247 Radio
Based in central Europe, the JazzNet247 Project has been...
Claude Nobs Montreux Jazz Festival founder dies
Montreux Jazz Festival founder Claude Nobs passed away Thursday...

As a writer and journalist, I consider myself lucky, indeed, I am very grateful to all the incredible musicians and artists who have allowed me in their homes, their dressing rooms, backstage of theatres to chat with me about their music, their careers and more! 

To this extent, I am thankful to Simon Spillett: tenor saxophone player with extraordinary talent, humble musician and, most of all, in times of technical difficulties… a very patient man!

Spillett – the musician

1. Let’s talk about Simon Spillett the player, how did it start for you?

It all began before I knew it! My Dad is a jazz fan and was a musician so there were records around the house from day one. I was really fortunate in that I never had to “get into” jazz – it was just one of the types musics I heard around me as I grew up. Originally I wanted to be a singer then a trumpet player – after seeing Louis Armstrong in a film – then a trombonist, as that’s my Dad’s instrument. I dabbled a bit on cornet aged eight then played trombone from 13 to 16. I was really fortunate that we had lots of musical instruments at home, including three saxophones. In my teens two of my idols were Charlie Parker and Paul Desmond so I gravitated towards the alto at first. Then it was the tenor – I loved Getz, Coltrane, Rollins and was really taken with contemporary players like Branford Marsalis and Courtney Pine so eventually I decided to stick to tenor, around aged 17. I turned professional aged 21, after around two and half years tuition with Vic Ash, a great player and a lovely man, who was the first person to really get me thinking seriously about my instrument.

2. You normally play the tenor sax, but what about the other ones? Do you have a preference?

I used to love playing alto – you hear things differently on another horn, at least for a set or two and then all the same stuff comes out but in a different key. I haven’t played alto in ages although I recently tried Alan Barnes’s horn – something which was a traumatic experience for all involved!

I still play soprano from time to time and really enjoy it but, as everybody from Coltrane on down has said, it’s another beast altogether and you need to be doing it consistently – going between tenor and soprano – for it to really work. If I play a soprano these days I really feel the after effects if I go back on tenor. I’ve tried the baritone a couple of times but never pursued that further. As for the woodwind doubles, I sold my clarinet and flute years ago – I’d never devoted enough time to them to really call them “doubles”, although I loved playing the clarinet on function gigs – just tunes though, not jazz. I think I’ve got my hands full with the tenor – it’s a constant challenge.

3. I recall you saying you don’t record anymore – why?

As a start, I hate the recording process and it clearly shows in the end results. I’m not going to be coy about this – I don’t like the albums out there under my own name at all. This isn’t me doing a “Ratner” – it’s just me being honest. I get edgy, nervous and very unsure and I just lose it when recording – that’s just how it is. I’ve avoided doing anything in the way of recording for years now but I recently appeared on someone else’s album which was much less pressured. However, I still think I did a terrible job and am not proud of my playing on it in any way. I could point out a million things wrong with my playing but a recording does all that in one go. I just prefer to play gigs as I find them so much more relaxed and natural to do. It would be lovely to make a recording I actually like one day but I don’t think that’s in me. I also think I badly let down the people and labels who recorded me in the past by not being at my best, which I feel awkward about.

4. Which is your favourite venue and why?

That’s a tough one.  In general, I prefer more intimate venues rather than arts centres or concerts. Of course, playing Ronnie’s is special but there are other places I love to play at too – the Wine Vaults in Bath has great atmosphere; a real Left Bank 1950s kind of vibe, and I love the gig at the Eagle in Rochester as the audience are so so enthusiastic. It’s hard to pick a favourite venue but I can name favourite towns and cities – oddly enough I always seem to enjoy every gig I do in Birmingham and Brighton, I’m not sure why but I have really good associations with those places. Maybe I’m working alphabetically?!

Spillett – the writer

5. Last year you finished writing two very iconic CD booklets: “Tubby Hayes Live at The Top Alex 1973″ and “Trane ’90″, the latter to coincide with Trane’s anniversary this year.  Can you let the readers know how this experience was for you?

Well, you’re talking about my two favourite saxophonists right there so anything to do with them is special to me. I’ve written lots about Tubby but never get tired of it – the Tubby CD you refer to was a real forensic labour of love, which is how I’m increasingly finding sleeve note writing these days. If it’s British jazz, I like to go and see the venue, find out who was there, include their memories and find photos or press clippings to give some historic perspective. I recently did a similar thing with a Dick Morrissey live session recorded in 1972 – I found the pub where it was recorded, found some of the musicians who were on the gig and tried to make a real historic document of the entire thing. Of course, people sometimes say these old recovered recordings aren’t valuable if they’re recorded on poor equipment or in less than pristine sound quality. I disagree and like to think of a comment a friend of mine made about how you’d feel it you found a previously unknown photo of a relative years after they’d gone – to me these things are as much cultural souvenirs as musical documents.

Writing about Trane presents more issues: for Trane ‘ 90 I didn’t want to just regurgitate all the previous stuff that other sleeve notes have already. It was a big project and required a lot more thought so I tried to come in at some unusual angles – both for and against. I looked at those who didn’t like him as well as those who did and I wanted to make particular mention of his rather bizarre “Three Wishes” given to Baroness Nica De Koenigswarter in her book – they don’t seem to be widely known at all. I also wanted to examine his influence in a less sycophantic way; he changed the landscape of jazz certainly but there were those whom he completely derailed because his musical message was so strong. We needn’t be shy of these things – Coltrane’s musical importance is set in stone so that it takes nothing from him to admit that he left a lot of people confused about where to go next.

6. There have been a lot of celebrations and write-ups on Trane this year, more so to celebrate a genius that we lost far too soon.  What is your view on Trane and why?

Coltrane is the ultimate saxophonist – he could, quite literally do it all. And when you consider that he had a recording career of roughly a dozen years what he did becomes even more impressive – it’s one of the greatest bodies of recorded music ever, all set to disc in a remarkably concentrated period and in that journey he goes from bop to free improvisation in one fascinating, logical and interconnected line. It’s a development from beginning to end – there are no sudden jumps onto other bandwagons or about faces – it’s all organic. And the breadth of his music is astonishing. I’ve heard people complain that his music is too serious and intense and not melodic enough – to which I’d ask if they’d heard the album Ballads? That’s the thing about Coltrane – it’s the same man playing Sun Ship and Nancy With The Laughing Face, yet a new listener might think it was two different players on first listen. The other great lesson Coltrane taught people was that in order to go forward you sometimes need to abandon what you can already do – he never truly let go of anything he did but you can hear him stripping things back, especially in 1964-65. Crescent is my favourite Coltrane album – it’s a record of stunning elegance and deep melancholy and his sound on that album is absolute perfection. Another thing about him was that he created a genuine language of jazz – trace the sheets of sound phase through the Giant Steps phase and onward and you can hear a guy with a real voice rather than a tone. There are moments when it’s genuinely frightening like on Om or  Live in Seattle or The John Coltrane Quartet Plays – his soprano solo on Chim Chim Cheree sound like he’s talking in tongues – it’s like Sumerian or something deep and ancient and indecipherable. That’s how it gets me. As I said, fifty years after his death, he’s still the ultimate saxophonist.

7. You write and contribute quite a lot for Acrobat Records.  How did this come about and are you envisaging this to be an on going venture?

I stated working on album projects with the Acrobat label back in 2012 when they released some previously unissued Tubby Hayes live recordings. Since then I’ve worked on over thirty more albums with them – mainly of vintage British jazz but also some American artists like Coltrane, Miles, Zoot Sims and Coleman Hawkins. It’s a great partnership and I’m really pleased with how the albums have been received in the jazz press. It was a lovely moment when the Miles Davis box we did made into DownBeat‘s best releases of the year – I got interviewed by the Washington Evening Post, which was a tad strange – an English writer being asked about an American jazz icon doesn’t quite add up, does it? I’m also pleased to say that several of the albums I’ve compiled or written notes for have won various awards (there are three nominated in the 2017 British Jazz Awards – on three different labels!)

I just try to make each album more than a simple reissue: we find press cuttings, photos and other ephemera and include in-depth booklets in which I try to include some new information about the music on offer. To me, the reissue/archive issue market is littered with labels who just pump out stuff with no perspective at all, something that only adds to the “cheapening” of older jazz music that digital downloads and streaming have contributed to society! I treat each Acrobat release as a challenge: what can we do to make this the definitive issue? I spend weeks assembling the essays – I really do care about this stuff. The last project I completed was a boxed set of Booker Ervin, one of jazz’s oft-overlooked figures. There was virtually no information on him at all so I went digging and came up with everything from previously obscure school photos to the fact that the date of his death was recorded wrongly in Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz! I’m really proud of this one – it was sheer pleasure to do and rather than simply concentrate on the recordings in the box I used the opportunity to write a 50 page (over 23,000 word) mini-biography of Booker, tracing his family tree and his living relatives. It’s probably the best bit of writing I’ve ever done – and I’m never happy about anything I write!

8. You have also written an incredible tome on Tubby Hayes.  In my review of that book, at the time, I asked when would we be seeing a blue plaque at his home address.  This finally happened last August! So can you tell the readers how the whole event come about and your feelings on the day of the unveiling. 

All this came about through the hard work of the truly indefatigable Mark Baxter, mastermind behind the 2015 documentary film Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry (Mono Media). Mark made all the right overtures to the powers that be and amazingly it happened!
The actual unveiling day was surreal: I’d been past the house in West Wimbledon – Tubby’s home for the first sixteen or so years of his life -  several times but this time I was inside with Tubby’s son Richard, and the lovely couple whose home it now is. Admittedly it was difficult to envisage how the house must have been during Tubby’s childhood but just to be there was special. Richard unveiled the plaque but I’d had to honour of ascending a step ladder to set up the red curtain. It was weird – I remember thinking “I’m standing on a ladder outside Tubby Hayes’ house Blu-Tacking a curtain to the wall! How on earth did this happen?!” But that’s it – that’s the power of Tubby’s music and I’m thrilled that he now has a lasting memorial in place.

9. Are you writing or planning to write anything at the moment?

I have some commissions for other labels in the pipeline; I’ve been asked to write the notes for a previously unissued Joy Marshall album featuring John McLaughlin and am collaborating with Nick Duckett (Rhythm & Blues Records) on his on-going Soho Scene series. We started working together earlier this year on a Harry South boxed set (a lovely project to do) and it’s just gone on from there. I’ve also just done a genuine LP sleeve note for an album by American saxophonist Paul Jeffrey – that was nice to do as it was a record I’d originally bought back when I was eighteen. It just keeps rolling on…there’s also a rumour that Tubby’s legendary unissued 1969 sessions for Fontana will see the light in 2018. I hope to be in on that…

Spillett – the award winner

10. You have won the British Jazz Award and played with some veterans of the jazz world.  How has that affected you, if at all? 

Awards are funny things – musicians tend to be a bit dismissive of them but I think they’re a nice accolade to have. They certainly don’t generate work (as some people might believe) but they do help to maintain (that dreaded 21st century buzz-word) “profile”, which I think can only be for the good. I was a more than a little shocked to win the “Services to British Jazz” one last year as I’d assumed that those sort of things went to those with far more miles on the clock than me. In fact, I joked at the time that it had taken precisely nine years to go from BBC Rising Star to stand-in jazz veteran.

As for the “veterans” I play with, well, that’s a different story. My experiences playing with musicians older than myself has been the greatest education I could have ever wished for. Take last week – I was fortunate to do three gigs – one each with Art Themen, Peter King and Alan Skidmore. That’s three on-stage saxophone lessons right there. But it’s not just the practical side, it’s the friendships that have built up too. The Miles band I had with Henry Lowther, John Critchinson, Dave Green and Trevor Tomkins was like a musical masterclass and a life lesson rolled into one. If we’d stop over on the way back from a gig, I’d just sit back and listen and soak up all that combined jazz wisdom. Things like that actually change your life. I’m a great believer in you finding the way that works for you in jazz – when I was much younger I felt really unsure of who I was because I hadn’t gone through NYJO or the Guildhall or the usual routes people of my generation took into jazz, but now, I realise my education has been at the hands of people like John Critchinson, on the stand, in the car to and from gigs, just hanging out. Critch is without doubt the person from whom I’ve learned the most – we’ve travelled thousands of miles together over the past thirteen years and it’s no exaggeration to say that he helped me to grow up and get on with things – I really love him, he’s been a huge part of my life. Society likes to pretend it doesn’t traffic in ageism but we all know it does. However, when you see people like Dave Green or Art Themen, uber-hip septuagenarians for Christ’s sake!, you realise that there’s a whole deeper level of maturity that only they can offer. The biggest crime to me would be if jazz “fashion” meant that young guys coming into the business didn’t know who these people are. I think that does happen a bit now – I guess it is a generation thing. I remember when I was coming up I’d go and see Art, Don Weller and Bobby Wellins and sit as close to them as I possibly could. They were like Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster and Lester Young for my generation. And you could go and see them for the price of a couple of pints and a raffle ticket. It’s a cliché, but you really do have to make the most of what these people do while you can – they’re irreplaceable.

11. Are you still “suspicious” of social media?

Yes. It’s just a personal thing but I realise I’m trying to hold back the tide. However, just look at the powerful positive effect that it had on Nigel Price’s campaign to keep the Swanage Jazz Festival going. I can’t argue with that. My issues with it are more personal: I really don’t like the culture of the self that we live in at present – that kind of self-promotion I find hard to take – but if it works for some musicians then that’s OK for them. Don’t forget that I’m also a bit of a Luddite where these things are concerned – maybe if I knew a little more about what it can do as a positive force then I’d be less sceptical. I’ll willingly take advice (as long as it doesn’t come in sound bites which begin with someone calling me dude – is it me or is that how a lot of people begin online correspondence these days?). Also – and this is a very personal thing – if I play a crap gig I know it’s crap; I don’t need people I don’t know filming it on their phone, posting it and soliciting negative feedback from other people I don’t even know. That’s why I loathe YouTube. I put my name on what I do – the sniping commentators on there hide behind cryptic handles. To me, it’s all an unnecessary load of… right, I’ll stop there.

12. What kind of music do you listen to when you need to relax? 

Not mine! To me there are two kinds of listening: I listen to certain things to study them, transcribe them and try and get something from them as influences – it’s generally heavyweight tenor players that figure in that list – and then there are things I listen to for pure enjoyment. These tend to be lighter things – I adore Astrud Gilberto’s records, for example. I listen to lots of singers – not all of them pure “jazz” – Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat Cole, Julie London, Matt Monro, and so on. Then there are the classical things. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 never ceases to move me – I love Ravel and Debussy. I grew up with an older brother obsessed with 1960s pop so I have a soft spot for a lot of that too, particularly The Beatles. Revolver is a favourite. The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds is another album from that period that I love. Funnily enough, a lot of jazz musicians still hate The Beatles. I can understand the older guys being that way – after all they saw Beatlemania as it was happening – but I don’t get it from the younger ones. The last CD I bought featured Tom Scott playing a medley of tunes from the White Album – it’s a glorious piece of arranging and a red hot band with Bob Brookmeyer, Roger Kellaway, Pete Christlieb, and so on. I had it on an LP when I was in my teens but it’s not jazz per se so some people might think it’s just lightweight commercial music and why am I bothering. I admire the craftsmanship of it, that’s why. Plus, it’s beautiful and lyrical. I’d far rather listen to lyrical “light” music than jazz that sets out to be deliberately angular or ugly.

13. What next for Simon Spillett? A new tour, perhaps? 

More gigs, I hope! More writing. Possibly another book, I’m not sure yet. The one thing I’d like to do is make things clearer for myself. Up until very recently I was really unsure about how best to progress as a musician – I got the feeling that people just wanted and expected me to play Tubby Hayes tunes all the time. As much as I’d love that, there are other things in jazz…

I came to a real crossroads about what I do. On the one hand I felt safe playing Off The Wagon and so on but I’d also got heartily sick of it. After all, I’ve been doing it for over a decade – longer than Tubby did! So this summer I had a real think about what I wanted to do and I decided the only thing was to just be me. I’d been hugely unhappy with comparisons to this player and that and, as someone who’s suffered a bit with low self-confidence, I often found myself massively intimidated by other players on my instrument – I’ve actually ducked out of gigs because of that. It was all that listening to Booker Ervin back in the summer that did it – I heard a player who wasn’t a Coltrane or a Rollins but who just played like himself and seemed to have the self-belief to ride it all out. I’d often wondered what it would be like to totally forget the Tubby side of things and just play what I like rather than what’s expected. Of course, there are always promoters who want a specific thing – a Tribute to Tubby Hayes -  and I’ll happily do that if that’s what the gig is but otherwise I just want to try to improve and find out who I am. Since making that decision I’ve been much much happier and feel more musically “healthy” if I can put it like that. It’s like the pressure is finally off. I know I’ll never get to a certain level – my goals are realistic – but I think I stand a better chance of improving if I let my own character – strengths and weaknesses – come out. I can’t be a Tubby or a Ronnie just as I’ll never be a Brandon Allen or an Alex Garnett.

Sometimes I do laugh though: I played a quartet gig last week and we did tunes by Dexter, Sonny Rollins, Booker Ervin and Jimmy Heath – it really had nothing to do with Tubby Hayes at all – and a guy came up afterwards and said “ooh, this is so authentic, a real tribute to Tubby.” I guess some people equate hard, fast playing with Tubby regardless of what the tune or style is. I suppose Tubby will always be at the back of things for me but there are so many others who I love and try to get something from – Hawk, Coltrane, Dexter, Hank Mobley, Sonny Rollins, Getz, Zoot, all of those great tenor voices. After all, no matter who you hear, it always comes out like you in the end.

Interview by: Erminia Yardley

Photos: Carl Hyde

YT Video: Courtesy of the Hideaway  – London’s premier live music and comedy club

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