The Bedlam Six Bow Out with "Down Down Down"

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Debbie Bannigan

If it's better to be late to the party than not arrive at all, the opportunity to discover a band through their final album is as sweet as being in fr...

Top Five Things to Do In Hollywood

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Hollywood is home to the rich and famous. As someone who has grown up watching the city on screen, there's something very magical about visiting Tinseltown in person. It has a vibe like nowhere else in the world - with a culture that is very much its own and sprinkled with a long history in film and television. After recently spending a week in Los Angeles and taking in the array of sights the city has to offer, I can now bring you my Top 5.

What do the BBC Proms and Quincy Jones Have in Common?

Jules Buckley | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jules Buckley

The BBC Proms are the annual summer long series of orchestral concerts centred at The Royal Albert Hall. If you are a fan of orchestral music, of classical music, the Proms represent what fans of these type of musics wait all year for - BUT it's not just aimed at fans of orchestral and classical music by any means!

The Art of Her at the Soho Hotel, London (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

The screening of documentary The Queen's suite was the first event organised by filmmaker Corine Dhondee for female filmmakers of colour and held at celebrity haunt Soho Hotel (on the night, a gaggle of fans were waiting for Expendables star Dolph Lundgren).

My Stage Return Was So Powerful and Emotional - Now I Need a Champion

Pepi Lemer | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Pepi Lemer

I wish I could find the right words to express how it felt completing my first two live shows, as I stepped back on stage for gigs at The Vortex and PizzaExpress Jazz Club over the last month. After the dark year of recovery from cancer, I had returned to health to fulfil my lifelong dream... and at the age of 72.

I Beat Cancer and Tonight the Music Starts

Pepi Lemer | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Pepi Lemer

Well, here I am. Backstage at the PizzaExpress Jazz Club in Soho, ready for my comeback gig. I can't say this journey has been easy. Getting back on stage at the age of 72 is hard enough. But coming back from beating cancer of the oesophagus has made it almost impossible at times.

There Are No Handbooks for the Darkness Cancer Brings - But Music Helped Me Survive

Pepi Lemer | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Pepi Lemer

There has been much written about mortality, but there are no handbooks to help the sufferer cope with the darkness that engulfs them through their treatment and after. I went through 10 months of life without colour or everydayness.

Miles Davis - King of Social Music, Miles Ahead, Using Social Platforms to Fund Biopic

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

This week I was invited to an early, special-screening of the new Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, and came away feeling inspired by this film that focused not on his life, legacy or chronological narrative, but the story of just two crazy days in his life. It's everything we like to think a Rock n Roll music stars life is like 24-7.

'Call of Duty' and All That Jazz

Daniel Williams | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Tech
Daniel Williams

Whatever you think about the Call of Duty games, they are certainly epic. You can't go long without killing someone or getting killed yourself, or explosions destroying military bases as you zoom through hordes of commandos, leaving trails of dead bodies behind you. All accompanied by the sounds of bullets ripping out of assault rifles, and explosions crushing buildings into powdery rubble.

An Evocative and Positive New Album by The Stone Foundation: A Life Unlimited

Claudia Tomlinson | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Claudia Tomlinson

The Stone Foundation is a band driven by an unrelenting passion for a gorgeous fusion of original jazz/soul/funk music, which they continue to share w...

Live Fast, Die Young and Leave a Beautiful Documentary

Paul Marshall | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

For the average stage school starstruck teenager, Amy should be mandatory viewing. If nothing else, it would serve as a stark reminder of the perils of mass popularity. Like a packet of cigarettes, this movie needs to come with a health warning attached.

London Afrobeat Collective - Off the Chain

John Carlon | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
John Carlon

Ahead of their free entry gig at London's Southbank Centre this Friday, London Afrobeat Collective spill the beans on their latest release Food Chain.

EDM : Constantly on the Lookout for Newer Possibilities in the Music World

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Preetam Kaushik

Two and a half decades ago, when heavy metal began to gain a beer-belly, and rap started to get faster and restless, people decided to flock to the ga...

Tubby Hayes: When Fans Remember a British Jazz Legend

Jason Holmes | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"It's the classic story of crash and burn," says Mark Baxter, the writer of the new documentary film Tubby Hayes: A Man In A Hurry which hopes to do for one of this country's jazz greats what Searching For Sugar Man (2012) did for Sixto Rodriguez.

Paloma Faith Interview - Exclusive Footage From the Barbican, and Details About the Special Edition of 'A Perfect Contradiction'

Sophie Eggleton | Posted 20.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sophie Eggleton

I am really spoiling you today. To coincide with the release of the stunning footage from her performance at The Barbican, and news of the November release of a special edition of her platinum selling album, I've had a chat with the charming riddle that is Paloma Faith.

What Does It Mean to Say Someone Is 'Cool'?

Tom Fielder | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Fielder

In effect, the mask of cool represents a certain stylised suffering and compels wonder in an outside observer: Who is this person? What has she or he experienced?... It is a performance of emotional self-control that demands the suppression of a range of emotions.

Interview With Diggs Duke: 'People Need To Slow Down Their Listening'

Jason Holmes | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

"There's a big difference between an artist who's trying to be seen, and one who's trying to be heard," says Jonathan Meacham, a singer-songwriter who...

I Am a Camera: Interview With Charlie Inman, Documentary Maker

Jason Holmes | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Between them, Inman and Holman set about placing Gilles Peterson and his enduring quest for new Brazilian music at the centre of the narrative, with the veteran musicologist, for the first time, producing an album of music for which his passion is unrivalled. 

Three Strikes Against Her: White British Female - Remembering Jazz Pianist Marian McPartland

Larry Jaffee | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Larry Jaffee

You can take the girl out of England, but not the England out of the girl, at least when jazz was concerned. Despite spending most of her long adult life in the States, she never renounced her British citizenship, and was appointed OBE in 2010.

Planet Appetite: North Sea Jazz Festival 2014, Rotterdam, Holland

Rupert Parker | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Now in its 38th Year, North Sea Jazz never fails to please and, this year, with Stevie Wonder and Pharrell Williams topping the bill, it was better than ever... It's a marvel of good organisation, as the sound is impeccable, everything starts on time, there's never really any crush and everyone's good natured.

Planet Appetite: Harvest Jazz and Blues, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada

Rupert Parker | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Fredericton comes alive for 6 days, each September, as hundreds of world class performers appear on dozens of stages, all conveniently located in the city's historic downtown.

Jimmy Scott: An Odyssey

Aaron Vallely | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Aaron Vallely

"Still are thy pleasant voices, thy nightingales, awake; For Death, he taketh all away, but them he cannot take." ~ Heraclitus, William J. Cory. M...

Mexican Jazz-Rock Combo Troker Return to the UK

Duncan Tucker | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Duncan Tucker

A year on from making their triumphant Glastonbury Festival debut, Mexican jazz fusion band Troker return to the United Kingdom this week to showcase their eclectic and infectious new album, Crimen Sonoro.

Planet Appetite: Seabreeze Smooth Jazz Festival, Panama City Beach, Florida, USA

Rupert Parker | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Now in its 16th year, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival now attracts close to 25,000 spectators, to groove beside the white sands of Panama City Beach, Florida.

Game Of Thrones Theme: The Smooth Jazz Version

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Comedy

Well, it is International Jazz Day... so why not kick back and relax with this smooooooth version of an epic theme tune, courtesy of Scott Bradlee (wi...