Gig Exclusive: Trio Valore Tears Up the Rule Book in Milan

Jason Holmes | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

It is here in Milan, far north in the Bel Paese [Italy, the "beautiful country"], that a cultural pragmatism has attracted those of a more refined musical streak. And it is at Biko, a club not far from the throng of the city centre, that Trio Valore has convened to play to a Milanese crowd intent on devouring live music as would they their mammas' pasta e fagioli. It's a crowd of stylists who want to dance, and they do.

The Future's Bright the Future's Jazz: Sons of Kemet and Arun Ghosh

Musa Okwonga | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Musa Okwonga

In a year which has seen releases from some of the most innovative names in music, it's two jazz albums that find themselves among the very best.

Lilly Zazou and Other French Cabaret à Londres

Will Noble | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Noble

A couple of weeks back I was in the bowels of Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead for an evening of French jazz, courtesy of Lilly Zazou. Lilly, aka Elise Lefay is an extraordinarily accomplished mademoiselle, able to turn her vocal cords to anything from Piaf to Poulenc.

Elvis Costello: Making the First-Ever Documentary Portrait

Mark Kidel | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Kidel

Less Than Zero was written and performed by an unknown with the unlikely name of Elvis Costello. That someone should have the chutzpah to steal the name of the King of rock'n'roll seemed preposterous: Elvis Presley was still alive at the time. This, I told myself, had better be good! And it was just that.

Farewell to Fringe Magnetic...

John Carlon | Posted 29.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Carlon

The good ship Fringe Magnetic is to dock for the last time, and their new album Clocca is the final release from this supergroup of London's brightest young musicians.

Hidden Gems of Europe - Collioure, Perpignan and Saint Cyprien

Joanne Shurvell | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Joanne Shurvell

On our annual visit to Montpellier last month for the Radio France music festival, we marvelled once again at how few English people seem to know about this superb festival of free jazz, classical, world and DJ gigs.

Planet Appetite: North Sea Jazz Festival 2013, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Rupert Parker | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Probably the biggest jazz festival in the world, North Sea Jazz takes place in July over 3 days in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. More than a thousand musicians take part, spread out over 150 performances and on 13 different stages, and attendances average around 70,000.

Album Review: Fires In The Park by Benin City

Kamran Assadi | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kamran Assadi

When it comes to genre-bending music and the all-round experience of a musical rollercoaster, no album is truer to sticking to this notion than Fires In The Park by Benin City. Having talked about Benin City's previous single Accelerate, vibrancy, energy and eclectism are part and parcel of what this group brings to every song they do.

Retro Recording from Nathan Haines...

John Carlon | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Carlon

Nathan Haines has been jazz saxophonin' for nigh on 25 years, in that time collaborating with Damon Albarn, Jamiroquai, Goldie and Marlena Shaw.

Love Supreme Festival: Head To The Sussex Downs For Good Times This July

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

'Love Supreme' may be the name of a very famous John Coltrane track - but Jazz FM's first music festival offers far more than bebop. If you're after ...

In Conversation With Legendary Producer Larry Klein

Hannah Gal | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

A quietly powerful force within the music industry, Klein has played on and produced some of the music world's greatest ever sounds, from Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell to Tracy Chapman and Melody Gardot among a long list of others.

Memories of Working With Legendary Producer Phil Ramone

Karen Ruimy | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

I met Phil in New York. My manager gave me this amazing opportunity to meet a living legend. Life was sending a gift to me.

Music Listening Is No Easy Task With a Closed Attitude...

John Carlon | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Carlon

Music is heard through the cultural weights that we live with. We cannot hear a sound without prejudice. There must be a way to hear with an attitude of objectivity. Listening to music doesn't need to be passive, just use an open attitude.

An Album to Cut Whiskey With: Liane Carroll, Ballads

David V.H. Ellis | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
David V.H. Ellis

The most poignant moments on this record are also its finest and throughout, the arrangements build magnificently; these are endings to stop conversation and put pauses between breaths.

Little Big Adventure - The Adventure Begins...

John Carlon | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
John Carlon

FRESH on the scene and raring to go - Little Big Adventure are five musicians from Oslo and Bergen who are setting out to show the Norwegian scene just what they can do.

Simon Bartholomew: Still Enjoying a Heavy Love Affair With the Funk

Jason Holmes | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

A snowy Saturday night in New Cross found Jason Holmes enjoying a post-gig chat with Simon Bartholomew of the Brand New Heavies

The Power and the Glory: Carleen Anderson @ Ronnie Scott's, Soho, 8 January

Jason Holmes | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Petite and lithe, Carleen Anderson took the stage in a black gown and launched into a 90-minute set of jazz and gospel at the legendary London jazz club, and such was her vocal power, that in an instant we all forgot the ephemera of the day just gone.

Dave Brubeck: The Unsquarest Jazz Cat

Andrea Mann | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Andrea Mann

One reason that Dave Brubeck was so important, so loved and will be so sorely missed, is that he was the unsquarest jazz cat ever to be liked by squares.

Single Review: Maze Hill - Long Haul

Kamran Assadi | Posted 17.01.2013 | Home
Kamran Assadi

When it comes to promising new bands, eclectic musical vibes, and well-thought out lyrics - it seems that the unbelievably creative mind of Joshua Idehen knows no end.

Cutting A Rug In Christchurch

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK

The Prince of Wales gave a masterclass in ballroom dancing when he took to the floor - without the Duchess of Cornwall. A fleetfooted Charles impre...

The 2012 London Jazz Festival

Julian Vigo | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julian Vigo

The 2012 London Jazz Festival reveals an eclectic mix of artists and an egalitarian representation of musical forms from around the planet which converge in the capital for the purpose of exploring the wealth of this genre while also testing the limits and flexibility of jazz musical styles.

Dance Me to the End of Love - Q&A With Jazz Singer Madeleine Peyroux

Hannah Gal | Posted 10.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Gal

Madeleine Peyroux's is one such voice. Her haunting 2004 rendition of Leonard Cohen's Dance Me to the End of Love is undoubtedly one of modern music's brightest highlights.

Album Review: King Porter Stomp -- Shuffle

Lydia Hughes | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lydia Hughes

I recently caught up with Jonzey (Tim Jones) of King Porter Stomp to talk about the band's eagerly awaited sophomore record, Shuffle.

Single Review: Benin City - Accelerate

Kamran Assadi | Posted 12.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Kamran Assadi

This vibrant raucous second single from the 4-piece band Benin City does just that with a massive cherry on top! Named after the Nigerian state capital, this London-based band consists of the members: Theo Buckingham (drums), Faye Treacy (Trombone/BVs), Tom Leaper (Tenor Saxophone/Samples/Synths) and Joshua Idehen (Vocals). Although they have only been going since 2009, the tight musical chemistry as demonstrated in their material since then, and this current single, is second to none and really inspiring to hear from such a "young" band.

A Lady of Devotion: Emilia Mitiku

Jason Holmes | Posted 23.08.2012 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

With her new album I Belong To You, Emilia Mitiku takes an unsparing look at heartbreak and the tricky matter of falling in love. Jason Holmes caught up with her in west London.