What’s on

Ronnie Scott’s, London
Soulful saxophone and up-market crooning from club regular Curtis Stigers

Pizza Express Jazz Club, London
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
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
Colombian singer Martha Acosta’s salsa band Manteca return to Lots Road

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

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

Quecumbar, London
Gypsy swing from Steve Aston and Kurosh Kanani

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

Pheasantry, London
Peter French sings Nilsson

Hideaway, London
Stevie Wonder tribute night

The Yardbird, Birmingham
Rock the Jazbah plus DJs

Swing, Glasgow
Quintet Liquid Jazz + Katy Dye + Tim McDonald at this new Glasgow jazz and dance club

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

Matt & Phred’s, Manchester
Street funk and more from Mamma Freedom

Jagz, Ascot
Soul and funk from J-Flat and The Sharps

The Verdict, Brighton
The Kavanagh/Neale quintet featuring the mainstream guitar of Dave Cliff

JJ Smyth’s, Dublin
Blues from the Gerry Hendrick band featuring PJ Salmon

Duc des Lombards, Paris
Laurent de Wilde plus guest China Moses

Sunset Sunside, Paris
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
Samba from Roda de Samba and Forrozada O.L.V. Nelson Latif

Blue Note, Milan
Branford Marsalis hits Milan

Jamboree, Barcelona
Singer guitarist Juan Perro and his band

Hotclube de Portugal, Lisbon
Bassist Demian Cabaud’s trio

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

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

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

Village Vanguard, New York
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
Sadao Watanabe quartet in residence

Jazz Standard, New York
The swinging Freddy Cole and his quartet

Birdland, New York
Singer Stacey Kent previews songs from new album The Changing Lights

Smalls, New York
Mike diRubbo quintet has the 10.30 slot

Smoke, New York
The Milesian sounds of the Freddie Hendrix quintet

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

Jazz Gallery, New York
Philip Dizack group are in the house

Dizzy’s, New York
The Eric Alexander/Harold Mabern quintet at Dizzy’s in J@LC

Iridium, New York
A Keystone Korner night with Myles Mancuso and his band

Blues Alley, Washington DC
The great Monty Alexander back in DC

Bohemian Caverns, Washington DC
Hugely talented drummer EJ Strickland and his band

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

Green Mill, Chicago
The Moutin Reunion Quartet are on from 9pm

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

Blue Whale, Los Angeles
Kendrick Scott and Oracle playing tunes from the superb Conviction

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle
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’ 

Getting airplay
Christian McBride topping the US and Canada airplay chart with People Music. More 

He’s the daddy
Chris Dave profiled

Into the west
Jazz rock and Irish traditional music come together at Sligo with the appearance of Mike Stern, Victor Wooten and the Olllam

Fond farewell
Quincy Jones to pay tribute to the late Claude Nobs at the Montreux Jazz Festival

Melba Liston recalled
Latest chapter from Randy Weston autobiography African Rhythms excerpted

Where’s there a Wayne there’s a way
New documentary about Wayne Shorter to be released next year

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

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:

The Flying Pig premieres
Stan Tracey unveils new work ‘The Flying Pig’ on Sunday

Stan Tracey above



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.



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

Robbie’s return
Yes, you’ve guessed Robbie Williams returns to the top of the latest UK iTunes chart. More

Leo Blanco in London
Venezuelan pianist’s tour reaches London next week. More

Vancouver appearance by Phronesis
When Saturday comes Phronesis hit the Vancouver jazz festival. More

Cowley choir debut in Derry
Mount Molehill Voices join Neil Cowley Trio for latest Derry show tomorrow. More

New Day coming
Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa signs to Jazz Village and makes US touring debut. More

Jazz free zone?
iTunes fest forgets to add jazz to the programme… at least so far. More

North by north west
Manchester jazz festival on the horizon running from 26 July-3 August. More

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

Leeds double bill
Røyst Trio and Metamorphic play Leeds double bill tonight. More

I couldn’t hear what I did’
Herbie Hancock non-plussed by past Kanye West collaboration More

Herbie Hancock above


Jaimeo Brown
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


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.


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.