Picks from Glasgow Jazz Festival (16-19 June 2022) and Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (15-24 July 2022) – London Jazz News

Full programs for both the Glasgow and Edinburgh jazz festivals have now been released. Patrick Hadfield and Mark McKergow, two of LJN’s ‘friends in the North’, have scrutinised both line-ups. Here are their picks, designed to help highlight some not-to-be-missed visitors alongside top Scottish talent. Glasgow Jazz Festival (Thursday 16 June – Sunday 19 June … Read more

Tom Smith (new album ‘Drifter Days’, with Daniel Bulatkin Trio – Czech Republic) – London Jazz News

London-based saxophonist Tom Smith has a new double album ‘Drifter Days’ with a trio led by Czech pianist Daniel Bulatkin. The launch will be at Pizza Express Dean Street on Monday 23 May. ‘drifter days’ was recorded after a nineteen-date tour of venues and festivals both large and small in the Czech Republic in 2019, … Read more

Hermeto Pascoal and NYJO in Norwich – London Jazz News

Hermeto Pascoal and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich – 13 May 2022. Review by John Arnett) Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino Santos Neto, members of NYJO. Photo (from Barbican concert) credit Tom Howard/Barbican It would be hard to imagine a more exhilarating and celebratory opening night than this one, the first concert of … Read more

‘An Englishman In Love In LA’) – London Jazz News

Vocalist, actor, entertainer. West Midlands-born Richard Shelton has a complex relationship with Frank Sinatra. Captivated from a young age, he developed an affinity with Ol’ Blue Eyes that has lasted a lifetime. He has played the part of Sinatra in ‘Sinatra: RAW’ and ‘Rat Pack Confidential’, performances which won him acting awards both in the … Read more

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk Deluxe Edition (rec. 1957) – London Jazz News

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk Deluxe Edition (Atlantic R2 670841/RHINO 603497842384, released May 20. Album review by Leonard Weinreich)When some empty head on TV exclaims “I’m going to raise my performance up to another level”, wave this album vigorously at the screen. More than any other, it defines the real meaning of ‘another … Read more

The Canadian Jazz Collective at Ronnie Scott’s – London Jazz News

Kirk MacDonald, Derrick Gardner, Lorne Lofsky, Brian Dickinson, Neil Swainson, Bernd Reiter & Virginia MacDonald (Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 11 May 2022. Live review by Charles Rees) The Canadian Jazz Collective (LR: Brian Dickinson, Virginia MacDonald, Lorne Lofsky, Derrick Gardner, Neil Swainson, Kirk MacDonald & Bernd Reiter). Photo credit: Robert Crowley The modern jazz audience … Read more

‘Matchbox Bluesmaster Series’ Set 7: – London Jazz News

Matchbox Bluesmaster Series (Set 7: MSESET7 – 6 CDs – Album Review by Chris Parker) Disc 1: Lonnie Johnson Vol. 2 1927–32 Disc 2: The Famous Hokum Boys 1930–31 Disc 3: Songsters and Saints Vol. 1a 1925–31 Disc 4: Songsters and Saints Vol. 1b 1925–31 Disc 5: Songsters and Saints Vol. 2a 1925–31 Disc 6: … Read more

Tim Garland – Vigil Songbook (Band on the Wall, 29 May / Ronnie Scott’s, 1 June) – London Jazz News

Since his emergence on the scene in the late ’80s, Tim Garland has firmly established an international reputation as one of Britain’s foremost saxophonists and composers. Some highlights of his career include winning the 2009 Grammy for his orchestras on The New Crystal Silence, which won ‘best instrumental album’, and playing in the late Chick … Read more

Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘Round Midnight’ (1986/ Criterion Blu-Ray) – London Jazz News

‘Round Midnight directed by Bertrand Tavernier, 1986 (The Criterion Collection 2022. Blu-ray review by Jane Mann) At last, Bertrand Tavernier‘s ‘Round Midnight is re-released today (9 May 2022) on Blu-ray by Criterion. The film, originally made in 1986, is master film director Tavernier’s impressionistic love letter to the Black American bebop musicians who, escaping the … Read more