#Toots100 (Toots Thielemans Centenary Celebrations in Brussels) – London Jazz News

#Toots 100 (Toots Thielemans centenary celebrations – with Vince Mendoza, Kenny Werner, Gregoire Maret, Philip Catherine, Ivan Lins ) (Various venues in Brussels, 29 and 30 April 2022. Report by Sam Norris) The Metropole Orkest directed by Vince Mendoza at BOZAR. Photo by Molly Mead Jean ‘Toots’ Thielemans (1922-2016) was a jazz musician and composer … Read more

Vocal Jazz Summit Debuts in Virginia Beach

At the Zeiders American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach, Va., between April 8 and 10, the Vocal Jazz Summit convened in person for the first time. Created by vocalist Alexis Cole in partnership with Elizabeth Terrell (also a vocalist known professionally as Liz Terrell) and the team at Zeiders, the event was a hybrid of … Read more

Dexter Gordon and the Truth of ‘Round Midnight

Jazz films have a tendency to let you know that they’re very much about jazz. The medium—and the clichés associated with it—can become a hook upon which a picture is hung. Story is secondary, as well as relationships; the point will often feel like we’re being told that this is a form of music we … Read more

“We have already seen several clubs close their doors permanently” (3). Letter from Johnn Spellar MP/APPJAG to Julia Lopez MP/DCMS – London Jazz News

LJN continues to log and to publish the correspondence instigated when Nigel Price and 68 other signatories wrote to the DCMS, and here we publish a letter from John Spellar MP, on behalf of APPJAG to Julia Lopez MP, one of the ministers at DCMS. UPDATE: A tiny chink of light. On 26 April the … Read more

Azar Lawrence Speaks of Working for Miles, McCoy, Elvin—and God

THere’s something perfect about speaking with saxophonist/composer Azar Lawrence right after he’s clicked off from virtual Sunday church services. Still dwelling in the Los Angeles of his birth, Lawrence, who’ll turn 70 this November, maintains a devoutness to the spirit of the Lord—be it pandemic online or in person, whens subside—that’s as reverent as his … Read more

Ten Tracks by Charles Mingus (and Danny Richmond) I Can’t Do Without . . . by Chris Biscoe – London Jazz News

For the Centenary of Charles Mingus’ birth, LJN asked saxophonist Chris Biscoe, who has run the Mingus Moves Sextet since 1995 (see details of three forthcoming gig dates below), to reflect on the great bassist/composer/bandleader: Chris Biscoe writes: My choice of 10 tracks will seem narrow to any Mingus student, collector, expert, discographer or biographer. … Read more

Albert Ayler – Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elemental, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein What can any of us add to the legacy of Albert Ayler? What can be said that hasn’t been said better by his own horn and vocals? In 2004, on the Holy Ghost box, listeners finally heard Ayler’s final performance, a short set from July 28, 1970, with his last quintet, … Read more