Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins' improvisations are a stream of brilliant ideas on phrasing, timing and timbre that enable him to skate over a given chord sequence for endless bars without losing the listener’s interest

Kurt Elling

Kurt Elling's baritone is capable of great power, and his approach to scat singing often leads him to produce timbral colours that are as much dark and grainy as they are light and pastel

Courtney Pine

Courtney Pine became one of the key standard-bearers of British jazz in the ‘80s, and, more specifically, the emblem of a new generation of London-based black players of West Indian origin who opted to play acoustic bebop rather than electric fusion

Dave Holland

Bassist Dave Holland has played with everone from Miles Davis to Thelonious Monk in an extraordinarily successful career

Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper’s eclecticism and his love of the human voice, both by way of singers and rappers, as well as state of the art production gives him an artistic identity very much of his own

Bud Powell

Bud Powell developed a style that had a sweeping grandeur when he played at the high tempos beloved of the gifted horn players – such as Gillespie and ‘Fats’ Navarro – he admired and worked with

Branford Marsalis

Branford Marsalis’ commitment to the quartet format has not wavered and the current incarnation has proved itself to be a vital presence in contemporary jazz

Eric Dolphy

With a penchant for stark, sometimes acerbic themes set to rhythms that move abruptly from swing to pedal point, Dolphy delighted in making music with a brash, daredevil energy

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