Ten Tracks by John Taylor I Can’t Do Without…by Liam Noble – London Jazz News

In the latest of our series where musicians consider idols, or formative influences, Liam Noble writes about his favorite tracks by pianist John Taylor. Liam writes: John Taylor. Photo credit: Ralf Dombrowski I don’t think of John Taylor as a “jazz pianist”. He was a “Taylorist”. He was his own man. I used to watch … Read more

Ten Tracks by Danilo Pérez I Can’t Do Without…by Steve Boudreau – London Jazz News

Steve Boudreau is a Canadian jazz pianist and educator based in Ottawa. His latest album is a piano trio record entitled “Cherished Possessions”. In this latest contribution to our “Ten Tracks….” series, in which musicians write about their inspirations, Steve delves into his favorite tracks by Danilo Perezwho taught him in Boston. Danilo Perez. Photo … Read more

10 Tracks of Oud Performances I Can’t Do Without…by Jussi Reijonen – London Jazz News

Jussi Reijonen. Photo credit: Luis Zavaleta Born in Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland, having grown up in Jordan, Tanzania, Oman and Lebanon, and spending much of his adult life in the United States, fretted/fretless guitarist and oud player Jussi Rejonen has lived a life soaking up the sounds, sights , scents and shades of Nordic, Middle … Read more

Ten Tracks by Geri Allen I Can’t Do Without…by Liam Noble – London Jazz News

Geri Allen. Publicity photo by Rob Davidson In the late eighties, there was a lot going on. Jazz was in rude health – everyone was arguing about what it should or shouldn’t be, and most of it sounded great. Mike Stern, Bob Berg and Brecker were still making music that was almost like the pop … Read more

10 Tracks by Steve Grossman I Can’t Do Without…by Charles Rees – London Jazz News

In our growing series in which jazz musicians do a deep (and entirely personal and selective) dive into the music of their idols, composer/arranger, saxophonist and LondonJazz contributor Charles Rees looks at the legacy of one of the leading lights of the post-Coltrane generation, Steve Grossman (1951-2020). Steve Grossman. Inntoene Jazz Festival, Austria, 2015. Photo … Read more

10 Tracks By Henry Threadgill I Can’t Do Without…by Liam Noble – London Jazz News

In the latest of LJN’s series where musicians consider idols, or formative influences, Liam Noble writes about composer and multi-reedist Henry Threadgill, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2016 and an NEA Jazz Master in 2021. Liam writes: Henry Threadgill in London in 2011. Photo credit: Edu Hawkins I have a bit of … Read more

10 Tracks by Lee Konitz I Can’t Do Without…by pianist Liam Noble – London Jazz News

In LJN’s series where musicians tell us about tracks by their idols that have inspired them, pianist Liam Noble writes about Lee Konitz. He starts with a moment when there was suddenly a gap where a Lee Konitz album ought to have been: Lee Konitz in Bad Mergentheim, Germany 2015. Photo credit Schorle/ Creative Commons … Read more

10 Tracks by Kate McGarry I Can’t Do Without…by vocalist/composer Nicky Schrire – London Jazz News

In LJN’s series where musicians write about their inspirations and idols, London-born, South African-raised and Toronto-based vocalist/composer Nicky Schrire writes about Kate McGarry: Kate McGarry. Photo credit David Goddard Nicky Schrire writes: Some jazz vocalists can interpret the heck out of a song. That means delivering the verse and chorus and making the oft well-known … Read more

10 Ben Monder Tracks I Can’t Do Without…by Ant Law – London Jazz News

“Many artists seem to plateau after a while, to “coast” – Ben is NOT one of these. He continues to surprise me,” writes guitarist Ant Law. In the latest of LJN’s series in which musicians explain their fascination / respect / gratitude for other musicians, Ant writes about Ben Monder: Ben Monder, Cheltenham 2019. Photo … Read more

10 Tracks by Earl Hines I Can’t Do Without…by Liam Noble – London Jazz News

In this edition of ’10 Tracks I Can’t Do Without, a series in which jazz musicians do a personal deep dive into the music of their anticedents and idols, Liam Noble considers Earl “Fatha” Hines (1903 – 1983) Earl Hines in 1947. From the William Gottlieb Collection in New York Public Library. Public Domain Piano … Read more