Features

Tubby Hayes: Return of the Little Giant

  • 16 August 2019

The reputation of Tubby Hayes as one of the world’s top tenor saxophonists of the 1950s and 1960s is set to be fully restored with the welcome release of Grits, Beans and Greens: The Lost Fontana Studio Sessions 1969. Stuart Nicholson navigates a recording originally envisaged as a new beginning for Hayes, which was committed to tape following one of the most turbulent periods in the musician’s life

Miles Davis and John Coltrane – Yin and Yang

  • 15 August 2019

How did John Coltrane and Miles Davis get on? The odd couple, with contrasting personalities on and off the bandstand. But together the music they produced was peerless, says Ashley Kahn

London's jazz scene: the new jazz generation

  • 31 July 2019

London’s burgeoning new breed of genre-blind, rhythmically direct jazz musicians has been attracting youthful, multi-cultural audiences not seen in the UK for a generation, pioneering a radical and overdue shift in perception.

Miles Davis – The Lost Quintet

  • 23 July 2019

From the first electrifying notes of Miles Davis’ trumpet, hooked to the sheer ferocity of Jack DeJohnette’s drums, it’s clear that Live in Europe 1969 is an album of truly monumental music making – the like of which is rarely heard today.

Billie Holiday's ultimate triumph

  • 23 July 2019

When Stuart Nicholson’s biography of Billie Holiday was published in the USA it was nominated a “Notable Book of the Year” by The New York Times Review of Books. Here, Nicholson reflects on the enduring artistry of the singer they called Lady Day, talks about how he discovered some of the previously unknown facts he discovered researching her life and discusses the sensational conclusion he came to after his book was published

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