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...

22 Things You Should Never Say To A Jazz Musician

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Comedy

You're at a wedding, in a restaurant or, incredibly, an actual jazz venue. A jazz band is playing. If you want them to like you, do not, under ...

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.