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Introducing the 2022 EFG London Jazz Festival

The EFG London Jazz Festival returns this month with a spring in its step to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Alyn Shipton finds its director, Pelin Opcin, anticipating 10 days and nights of exciting, genre-busting music

Alina Bzhezhinska interview: “My goal is to make music that no one expects from a harpist”

As a teenage girl in 1990s Ukraine, Alina Bzhezhinska loved nothing more than compiling her favourite music onto cassettes, before she discovered jazz, the sonic riches of the harp and the music of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane. For her much-anticipated second album, Reflections, the harpist has revived this curatorial approach and drawn together her own personal universe of sounds

Charles Mingus: Beneath The Bass Line

Bassist Charles Mingus shook up the jazz world like few others, Kevin Le Gendre assesses his legacy and speaks to contemporary bass stars Christian McBride and Boris Kozlov about his influence

Kokoroko: Stronger Together

As their long-delayed debut album, Could We Be More, is released, Jane Cornwell speaks to trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Gray and percussionist Onome Edgeworth, to uncover the earthy roots of Kokoroko’s transcendent sound

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