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Vinyl Corner: Rediscovered Monk.

Over the last few years, we have seen several new releases from iconic artists of rediscovered or lost recordings. Resonance Records have brought several amazing recordings to the...

Storyville Records to release new vinyl re-masters.

Storyville Records are ready to release four LP’s from the archives, representing four classic artists. Wizard of the harmonica from Sonny Terry displays an extraordinary talent...

Swing Master: The Abstract Truth of Sem van Gelder.

Welcome to the Vinyl Corner, a new column by Jazz Vinyl aficionado Jan Fritz. In each edition of the magazine, Jan will present interesting interviews, news and opinion and the...

Melanie Bong’s Gipsy Fire @ Fürstenwalde Jazz Festival

On Sunday, the 10th of November. The final concert of the Fürstenwalder festival was by the masterful singer and shaman Melanie Bong. By late afternoon, the venue –  the...

Autumn in Berlin – Spiritual works

Spiritual works from one of London‘s premier saxophonists – Josephine Davies Yesterday I went to the Josephine Davies Berlin gig. Josephine brought her compositions to...

jazzahead! 2019 reflections from Jan Fritz

Each year in late April, Bremen receives hundreds of jazz experts from all over the world, who exchange ideas over three days, initiate projects and often realise them after the...

Jazzfest Berlin 2018 reflections part 2

It was not until the third day of the festival that friends of classical jazz could rejoice, as the WDR Big Band reinterpreted the standards of the “Great American...

New Jazz chapters from the German capital and its prestigious JazzFest Berlin 2018 – Part 1

Editors’s note: JazzFest Berlin is a globally renowned jazz festival, held annually since 1964, features 4 days of performances by prominent international musicians at the...

Reflections, “Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2018”, and Danish Hygge!

“Hygge” – this is the motto Danes have been celebrating for years. “Hygge” means something like “cosiness” or “security”....

JazzFest Berlin 2017 Reflection part 2

Part Two of Jan Fritz’s report on the 2017 JazzFest Berlin: After the first concert in the main hall I decided to switch over to the nearby jazz club ‘A-Trane’. In this...

JazzFest Berlin 2017 Reflection part 1

In the contemporary European spirit of the times, especially the trend of building new walls and borders, the JazzFest Berlin 2017, provided an important and required counter...