It is a June release for Taller new from Jamie Cullum on Island records.

The singer’s eighth studio record, Cullum wrote and recorded the new album at the studio of his longtime friend and collaborator Troy Miller.

Taller arrives five years on from his last album, Interlude.

Tabla player Sarathy Korwar releases his second studio album in July and you can listen to tracks from More Arriving, which will mark a switch from Gearbox Records to the Leaf Label, by clicking above.

Korwar’s website notes: “This is not necessarily a record of unity; it is an honest reflection of Korwar’s experience of being an Indian in Britain, and as such is a leap forward from his previous releases, incorporating rappers from Mumbai and New Delhi, spoken word and his own Indian classical and jazz performances. More Arriving is a record born of confrontation; one for our confrontational times.”


Here’s the line-up and schedule for the upcoming London Catalan Festival to be held at Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Saturday 1st June, 1.30pm - Clara Peya ‘Estómac’ £15
Pianist and composer Clara Peya is considered one of the most original and unique musicians on the Catalan and Spanish scene. Peya will be presenting her latest album Estómac, which was awarded Best Album of 2018 by the venerated music magazine Enderrock (Catalonia). In an album where she combines sounds of jazz, rap, pop and electronic, Peya conveys a feminist message that tries to deconstruct the idea of ‘romantic love’. Line up: Clara Peya (piano), Magali Sare (vocals), Vic Moliner (bass).

Saturday 1st June 7pm - Pere Navarro Quintet £18 
Pere Navarro, trumpet player, pianist, composer and producer, is one of the brightest young talents on the Catalan and Spanish jazz scene. He is visiting London with his quintet, with whom he has released two albums on ‘Fresh Sound Records’. They will be performing music from his latest release Pere Navarro Quintet Live in Madrid, recorded in one of the most important jazz clubs in the city.

Line up: Pere Navarro (trumpet & compositions), Ferran Borrell (guitar), Joan Solana (piano), Joseph Colls (electric bass), Joan Carles Marí (drums).

Saturday 1st June 10.30pm - Mel Gimard ‘Numen’ £15 
Mélodie Gimard, above, is a French pianist, composer and arranger living and working in Barcelona. She will be presenting Numen, her debut album. Numen is an original project that blends flamenco with jazz and classical music. Gimard skilfully weaves together a wide range of influences from music, art and life: telling her own story whilst drawing from the flamenco tradition and its language seen from a new angle. Line up: Melodie Gimard (piano & compositions), Thais Hernandez (vocals), Agusti Espin (electric bass), Pablo Gómez (percussion), feat. special guest Yelfris Valdes (trumpet).

Sunday 2nd June 1.30pm - Rita Payés & Elisabeth Roma £15 
The young Catalan trombonist and singer Rita Payés joins forces with her mother Elisabeth Roma, an exceptional classical guitarist, to shape their new project. Mother and daughter will be launching their debut album Imagina during the London Catalan Festival, giving their most personal view on the music that has accompanied them all their lives, from traditional Catalan lullabies to bossa nova, fado, boleros. For this particular performance, the duo will be joined on stage by bassist Magali Datzira (Sant Andreu Jazz Band) and percussionist Juan Berbín.

Sunday 2nd June 8.00pm - Marco Mezquida ‘Ravel’s Dreams’ £20 
The versatile pianist, improviser and composer Marco Mezquida takes us on an oneiric journey through Maurice Ravel's musical and personal imagery. A dream about the vitality of his legacy and the eclecticism of the music he was seduced by: from the French classics to the romantic virtuosos; from the experimentation with popular music to the influences of his contemporaries and the effervescence of jazz.

Along with percussionist Aleix Tobias and cellist Martín Meléndez, Marco Mezquida delivers a personal, unique approach to Ravel's genius: he permeates it with groove, expands it through improvisation, and creates something entirely new and personal.

Line up: Marco Mezquida (piano), Aleix Tobias (percussion), Martín Meléndez (cello).


Highlights include:

• Andy Scott: Mancunity – Thursday 23 May, across the city leading to St Ann’s Square
• Sarah Tandy Quintet + Skeltr – Monday 27 May
• Orphy Robinson All Stars: The Bobby Hutcherson Songbook – Sunday 26 May, RNCM Theatre
 Sanem Kalfa & George Dumitriu + Shahbaz Hussain & Helen Anahita Wilson – Saturday 25 May, International Anthony Burgess Foundation
• Werkha + Roller Trio – Sunday 26 May, The Bread Shed

Also to appear are Julian Siegel, Matthew Bourne and Keith Tippett, Tori Freestone, Marcus Miller, Jason Singh,  Tim Garland and Emilia Martensson (above). Dates are 23-27 May.

From the swinging new album, New York Notes (Savant) on which Alan Broadbent is accompanied by bassist Harvie S and drummer Billy Mintz.

Material featured includes Gigi Gryce’s Minority, Little Benny Harris’ Crazeology, Tadd Dameron’s On a Misty Night and Lennie Tristano’s 317 East 32nd Street. Clifford Notes, and Continuity and Waltz Prelude are Broadbent originals.

I do not think that I have played any record more this year so far than Esja.

There is something compelling about its bittersweet ostinati and the grand musical world Hania Rani conjures out of so little.

Another record that does not rely on genre at all, it is hardly a jazz record in the usual sense but again will appeal to jazz fans as it will anyone into minimalism or electronica even. Esja has an introverted feel to it and manages to tap melody out of rhythm and mood, often the three forces combining to mesmerising effect, say on ‘Eden’, and rather than sliding into a dreamy haze has an edge to it that draws you back again and over again. 

Inhabiting Armenian traditional music via her sparse poetic sound singer-pianist-composer Areni Agbabian has a unique approach shaped a little by the percussion of Nicolas Stocker. 

An often sad sounding album, which, while it may well appeal to jazz fans, is not a jazz album in any obvious sense, was recorded in Switzerland two-and-a-half years ago.

Jazz FM

The winners of the Jazz FM awards were announced at a ceremony in London last night. They were:

Breakthrough Act sponsored by GHS Global Hospitality
Cassie Kinoshi
The Digital Award sponsored by Oanda
Louis Cole
The Innovation Award sponsored by Mishcon De Raya
Steam Down
Instrumentalist Of The Year sponsored by Savile Row Gin
Jean Toussaint
International Jazz Act Of The Year sponsored by Lateralize
Makaya McCraven
Soul Act Of The Year sponsored by RCS
Poppy Ajudha
Blues Act Of The Year sponsored by British Airways
Eric Bibb
Vocalist Of The Year sponsored by Denbies
Cherise Adams-Burnett
UK Jazz Act (Public Vote) sponsored by Cambridge Audio
Nubya Garcia
Album Of The Year (Public Vote) sponsored by Arqiva
Sons Of Kemet – Your Queen Is A Reptile
Live Experience Of The Year (Public Vote) sponsored by Yamaha UK
Steam Down featuring Kamasi Washington
PRS for Music Gold Award
Jacob Collier
PPL Lifetime Achievement Award
Don Was and Blue Note Records

Scottish Jazz Awards

Nominations for the Scottish Jazz Awards have been announced. Voting opens today. A new industry award has been introduced for 2019, the Services to Scottish Jazz Award sponsored by Ticketmaster which will celebrate those working behind the scenes. A Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Help Musicians Scotland will also be presented at the awards ceremony with both winners chosen by the panel. All the winners will be announced at a ceremony at Glasgow’s Drygate on Sunday 9 June.

Rising Star Award sponsored by The Blue Arrow

  • Anoushka Nanguy

  • Graham Costello

  • Joe Williamson

  • Marianne McGregor

  • Matt Carmichael


Best Band Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union

  • AKU

  • Fergus McCreadie Trio

  • Graham Costello’s Strata

  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

  • Tenement Jazz Band


Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whighams Jazz Club  

  • Ali Affleck

  • Carol Kidd

  • Georgia Cecile

  • Luca Manning

  • Rachel Lightbody


Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals

  • Brian Kellock

  • Graeme Stephen

  • Joe Williamson

  • Liam Shortall

  • Martin Kershaw


Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD

  • Fergus McCreadie Trio – Turas

  • Graham Costello’s Strata – Obelisk

  • Jim Mullen – Volunteers

  • Kevin MacKenzie, Mario Caribé, Alyn Cosker – The Ballad of Future Joe

  • Tom Bancroft – In Common