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Maria Schneider interview: “I’m not interested in everybody in the world listening to my music for free, I can’t exist that way”

Grammy award-winning composer and orchestra leader Maria Schneider is one of the cultural world’s most outspoken critics against the tech giants and one of jazz’s strongest advocates for musicians’ rights. So, as ‘Big Data’ plays an ever-increasing, and ever more troubling, role in musical spaces, her new album Data Lords has arrived at exactly the right time. Stuart Nicholson finds Schneider as angry and as determined to act as ever

Miles Davis at the 1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival: What really happened

Fifty years ago this month Miles Davis played the biggest gig of his career when he brought his groundbreaking new Bitches Brew band to the 1970 Isle of Wight Music Festival, still the largest ever music event to take place in the UK. Jon Newey was there to witness this historic weekend

Introducing: Georgia Cécile

Upcoming Edinburgh singer-composer Georgia Cécile almost became a lawyer, but fortunately for jazz, the lure of music proved too strong, and she is about to record her all-originals debut album. Peter Quinn talks to her about carrying on a family tradition

Ambrose Akinmusire: “I can take solos that are clean and pristine but what happens after that?”

Coming to prominence while a just teenager, and still only in his 30s, American jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire has already won a lifetime’s worth of awards and accolades. With the release of a superb new Blue Note album On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment – a powerful expression of the contemporary black experience – his profile is surely set to soar still higher. Kevin Le Gendre talks to this most literary of musicians about his love of language and desire to pause and reflect in...

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