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What’s on

Ronnie Scott’s, London www.ronniescotts.co.uk
Soulful saxophone and up-market crooning from club regular Curtis Stigers

Pizza Express Jazz Club, London www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk
Urban Voices Collective fuse traditional gospel, with R&B beats and indie/soulful harmonies. They played the closing ceremony at last year’s London Olympics

Vortex, London www.vortexjazz.co.uk
MY Duo on the edge live in Dalston: choice solstice night in store from the cutting edge duo of Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde

606, London www.606club.co.uk
Colombian singer Martha Acosta’s salsa band Manteca return to Lots Road

Charlie Wright’s, London www.charliewrights.com
Estrangeiros reprise Maria Rita, Jorge Ben, Paula Lima, Sergio Mendes and more

Bull’s Head, London www.thebullshead.com
Lazy night by the Thames with the Undiminished R&B Band

Quecumbar, London www.quecumbar.co.uk
Gypsy swing from Steve Aston and Kurosh Kanani

Hippodrome, London www.hippodromecasino.com
Bringing the sounds of Cab Calloway into the 21st century with Jay’s Jitter Jive

Pheasantry, London www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk
Peter French sings Nilsson

Hideaway, London www.hideawaylive.co.uk
Stevie Wonder tribute night

The Yardbird, Birmingham www.livebrum.co.uk/venues/the-yardbird
Rock the Jazbah plus DJs

Swing, Glasgow www.swingltd.co.uk
Quintet Liquid Jazz + Katy Dye + Tim McDonald at this new Glasgow jazz and dance club

Jazz Bar, Edinburgh www.thejazzbar.co.uk
Hard bop courtesy of the Keith Edwards Quintet, and a late set from The Number Nine

Matt & Phred’s, Manchester www.mattandphreds.com
Street funk and more from Mamma Freedom

Jagz, Ascot www.jagz.co.uk
Soul and funk from J-Flat and The Sharps

The Verdict, Brighton www.verdictjazz.co.uk
The Kavanagh/Neale quintet featuring the mainstream guitar of Dave Cliff

JJ Smyth’s, Dublin www.jjsmyths.com
Blues from the Gerry Hendrick band featuring PJ Salmon

Duc des Lombards, Paris www.ducdeslombards.com
Laurent de Wilde plus guest China Moses

Sunset Sunside, Paris www.sunset-sunside.com
Lots going on. Sets on the hour from 6pm from Elizabeth Caumont + Nils Frechilla + Chloe Cailleton + Lou Tavano Quartet + Fanny Werner trio + Adèle Belmont trio + Chloe Deyme

Bimhuis, Amsterdam www.bimhuis.nl
Samba from Roda de Samba and Forrozada O.L.V. Nelson Latif

Blue Note, Milan www.bluenotemilano.com
Branford Marsalis hits Milan

Jamboree, Barcelona www.masimas.com/jamboree
Singer guitarist Juan Perro and his band

Hotclube de Portugal, Lisbon www.hcp.pt
Bassist Demian Cabaud’s trio

Blue Note, Poznań www.bluenote.poznan.pl
Polish jazz great Janusz Muniak makes his way from his own club in Kraków over to Poznań’s Blue Note

A-Trane, Berlin www.a-trane.de
Percussionist Samuel Torres’s quartet from 7pm; and singer Dwight Thompson later in the evening with his band

Unterfahrt, Munich www.unterfahrt.de
Triosence, a long running piano trio with Bernhard Schüler (p), Matthias Nowak (b), and Stephan Emig (d)

Village Vanguard, New York www.villagevanguard.com
Stellar quartet led by Warne Marsh influenced Mark Turner on saxophone, with trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin, and Marcus Gilmore on drums

Blue Note, New York www.bluenote.net
Sadao Watanabe quartet in residence

Jazz Standard, New York www.jazzstandard.net
The swinging Freddy Cole and his quartet

Birdland, New York www.birdlandjazz.com
Singer Stacey Kent previews songs from new album The Changing Lights

Smalls, New York www.smallsjazzclub.com
Mike diRubbo quintet has the 10.30 slot

Smoke, New York www.smokejazz.com
The Milesian sounds of the Freddie Hendrix quintet

The Stone, New York thestonenyc.com
Ned Rothenberg and John Zorn at 8pm

Jazz Gallery, New York www.jazzgallery.org
Philip Dizack group are in the house

Dizzy’s, New York www.jalc.org/dizzys
The Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern quintet at Dizzy’s in J@LC

Iridium, New York www.theiridium.com
A Keystone Korner night with Myles Mancuso and his band

Blues Alley, Washington DC www.bluesalley.com
The great Monty Alexander back in DC

Bohemian Caverns, Washington DC www.bohemiancaverns.com
Hugely talented drummer EJ Strickland and his band

Regatta Bar Cambridge, Mass. www.regattabarjazz.com
Formidable Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa currently on his first US tour

Green Mill, Chicago www.greenmilljazz.com
The Moutin Reunion Quartet are on from 9pm

Jazz Showcase, Chicago www.jazzshowcase.com
No nonsense trumpet from Nicholas Payton with Vicente Archer and Lenny White

Blue Whale, Los Angeles www.bluewhalemusic.com
Kendrick Scott and Oracle playing tunes from the superb Conviction

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle www.jazzalley.com
The jazz singer to hear: Gregory Porter live in Seattle tonight, tomorrow and Sunday

Jay Phelps appearing at the Hippodrome Casino, London above

Stan Tracey premieres ‘The Flying Pig’ on Sunday

Wynton on the uphill struggle for the arts in America
Since Sputnik, you know, we’ve believed that math and science are the best way to compete with other cultures’ http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2013/06/19/3059277/qa-with-jazz-at-lincoln-center.html#storylink=cpy 

Getting airplay
Christian McBride topping the US and Canada airplay chart with People Music. More http://bit.ly/11VOW8y 

He’s the daddy
Chris Dave profiled http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/jun/20/john-fordham-take-five-june-2013

Into the west
Jazz rock and Irish traditional music come together at Sligo with the appearance of Mike Stern, Victor Wooten and the Olllam http://www.marlbank.net/post/46153335113/6342

Fond farewell
Quincy Jones to pay tribute to the late Claude Nobs at the Montreux Jazz Festival http://www.marlbank.net/post/48274819326

Melba Liston recalled
Latest chapter from Randy Weston autobiography African Rhythms excerpted http://www.openskyjazz.com/blog/#/

Where’s there a Wayne there’s a way
New documentary about Wayne Shorter to be released next year http://www.jazzjournal.co.uk/jazz-latest-news/575/wayne-shorter-documentary-in-preparation

The sea, the sea
McCoy Tyner, The Vigil, and Dionne Warwick to play North Sea in July, along with… nearly every big name you can think of http://www.marlbank.net/post/45745219124

Can’t get no satisfaction?
It’s Glastonbury next week. The year the Rolling Stones finally perform…. Not a lot of jazz but there’s some tucked away: http://www.marlbank.net/post/46937668170

The Flying Pig premieres
Stan Tracey unveils new work ‘The Flying Pig’ on Sunday http://bit.ly/15pu3AN

Stan Tracey above

 

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Arun Ghosh above appears at the Ealing jazz festival, held from 24-28 July


Walpole park in west London once again is the venue for the Ealing Jazz Festival, and next month’s running, the festival’s 29th, features a big line-up of performers including: the Claire Davies Quintet, the Green Collective, Vasilis Xenopoulos and the Wind Machine, Ted Beament and John Rees Jones, the Adrian Macintosh Quartet, Between the Lines, John Critchinson and Simon Spillett with Standard Miles, the Giorgos Paphitis Quartet, Vilija and the Late Night Quartet, the Frank Griffith Nonet, LCM Jazz Octet, the Chris Hodgkins band, Macusi Youth, Sarah Tandy and the Watertight Group, Tony Oliver, Spike Heatley, Simon Paton’s Selectric, the Kukuri Collective, Nick Mills and the Blue Note Project, the Manu Ventura Trio, Keith Waithe and the Macusi Players, Paul Carmichael’s Flight, The Londinos, Andrew Butcher and Butcher’s Brew, Ruby and the Vines, Winston Morson’s Off the Cuff, Arun Ghosh, the Jack Honeybone Quintet, Lokki Terra, Voodoo Love Orchestra, Liz Fletcher, Dick Cook and the Jambalaya Parade Band, the Ken McCarthy Quintet, Peter Edwards Trio, Xantoné Blacq’s Fewture, the Alice Zawadski Band, Matt Wates Sextet, Verona Chard’s Bivja ensemble, Gill Cook and her Band, Oriole, the Maciek Pysz Trio and Dick Esmond’s Sound of 17 Big Band.
Tickets http://www.ealingsummerfestivals.com

 

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Independent ear recognised
Willard Jenkins receives Lifetime Achievement award at the Jazz Journalist awards in New York, and JazzTimes named periodical of the year again. More www.jazztimes.com

Robbie’s return
Yes, you’ve guessed Robbie Williams returns to the top of the latest UK iTunes chart. More http://www.apple.com/euro/itunes/charts/top10jazzalbums.html

Leo Blanco in London
Venezuelan pianist’s tour reaches London next week. More http://www.forgevenue.org/events/eventdetails/24-jun-13-jazz-with-africa-latina-soul-the-forge/

Vancouver appearance by Phronesis
When Saturday comes Phronesis hit the Vancouver jazz festival. More http://vanjazzfest.blogspot.ca/2013/06/made-in-uk-2013-part-one-by-kp.html?m=1

Cowley choir debut in Derry
Mount Molehill Voices join Neil Cowley Trio for latest Derry show tomorrow. More http://www.marlbank.net/post/52797504943

New Day coming
Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa signs to Jazz Village and makes US touring debut. More http://jazztimes.com/articles/93788-five-questions-for-harold-l-pez-nussa

Jazz free zone?
iTunes fest forgets to add jazz to the programme… at least so far. More http://www.itunesfestival.com

North by north west
Manchester jazz festival on the horizon running from 26 July-3 August. More http://www.manchesterjazz.com

Brecon beckons
Courtney Pine, Gilad Atzmon, and Roller Trio to play the Powys market town during this year’s festival held from 9-11 August. More http://breconjazz.com

Leeds double bill
Røyst Trio and Metamorphic play Leeds double bill tonight. More ow.ly/lSbTF

I couldn’t hear what I did’
Herbie Hancock non-plussed by past Kanye West collaboration More http://www.vueweekly.com/music/story/the_jazz_man_testifies1/

Herbie Hancock above

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Jaimeo Brown
Transcendence
Motéma ***1/2
New York drummer Brown has pulled something out of the fire here debuting at 34 with an album that defies categorisation. The Southern black spiritual tradition, east Indian carnatic sounds and modern production approaching electronica are only part of the recipe here. JD Allen is sounding completely in the zone with Brown on spiritual tenor saxophone burning from the get-go while guitarist Chris Sholar is a much more enigmatic but no less effective presence. Sholar’s a bit like Marc Ribot and can add an edgy piquancy you can’t quite put your finger on. Sampling the Gee’s Bend Quilters from Alabama adds an times quite moving quality to the long involving Coltranian passage and wonderfully drawn out percussion swells. The dozen tracks are part of a whole rather than individual pieces to be experienced singly, and the cathartic atmosphere conjured by Brown and his band plus guests the most high profile of whom is Geri Allen is remarkable.
Jaimeo Brown above

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It’s 60 years old, another of the great jazz record labels to make a diamond anniversary although the present lives in the past, so is the way with the great days of the record business and Riverside is no longer a force. But what do you think of when you think of Riverside records? Well, with me there are three names carved in stone: Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and Orrin Keepnews. Ask another person and they’d add Abbey Lincoln or Randy Weston. The first couple of names in my list of course two of the label’s greatest artists, icons of the music both. Both made classic recordings for Riverside. Keepnews, less familiar but nonetheless one of the most significant jazz producers in history, was one of its most ubiquitous producers and a label founder with Bill Grauer (who died in 1963). But Riverside despite its association with bebop and modern jazz was a traditional jazz label at the outset, and look at some of its early recordings in the 1950s and you’ll see why. Its 10-inch 1000 series features such titles as King Oliver Plays the Blues, Louis Armstrong with King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band and much more besides stretching beyond trad to mainstream with such figures as Buck Clayton and Coleman Hawkins on the label’s roster.

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Riverside label reels and mic symbol

The label also issued early Chicago sides Grauer had bought from Gennett, a label that went out of business in the 1930s, and even though this year marks 60 years of Riverside and the label no longer exists independently there were periods of bankruptcy, long stretches of inactivity and then a rebranding under the banner Original Jazz Classics when Fantasy bought the Riverside rights in 1972. All that notwithstanding there’s still a thrill looking at a slab of Riverside vinyl or its subsidiary Jazzland  in a record shop or reading the sleeve notes of a CD reissue even in that neat and more functional OJC livery. Riverside might not exhibit the widespread appeal of Blue Note, Atlantic or even Prestige, but it remains one of the great jazz labels and 60 years is an opportunity to recall once more the fascinating heritage of a pioneering record company, a label that lived and breathed jazz and contributed to its future like few others.