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London jazz festival 2014: 10 to see

Charles Lloyd Quartet

Apartheid exiles Dedication Orchestra, the sound of the Indian streets, and three-quarters of a century for Blue Note records - our critics pick the best of this year’s London jazz festival, which begins today.

Jack Bruce obituary

Poppy

The singer-songwriter and bass guitarist Jack Bruce, who has died aged 71 of liver disease, is best remembered as a mainstay of Cream, the first of the supergroups – combinations, often short-lived, of already successful musicians.

Joe Sample obituary

Black

Even the most implacable of bebop purists, fastidiously queasy about any departures from Charlie Parker, had a sneaking admiration for the Crusaders – the American jazz-funk pioneers who, in their 1960s heyday, could build a monstrous groove out of what often seemed little more than the swish of a hi-hat and the bluesy dance of a handful of keyboard chords.

Mamounia Lounge, Shepherd Market

Mamounia Lounge

Shepherd Market has always intrigued me; there's something about that mix of glamour and seediness that has drawn me to it. Well, it would have if I had ever been able to find it.

Stan Tracey obituary

Black

In the early 1970s, and within a few years of the saxophone great Sonny Rollins inquiring in the music press if anybody in Britain knew how good Stan Tracey really was, the London-born pianist and composer was on the dole and considering becoming a postman.

Best Jazz Albums of 2012

Listen to Music

A previously unreleased live recording from the 1970s by a short-lived outfit that nonetheless managed to be one of the lastingly influential jazz groups of the era – the "European quartet" of Keith Jarrett (above), with the young Jan Garbarek on sax.

Dave Brubeck Obituary

Carnation

When the end of the 20th century came, some aspects of jazz began to be given the status of a classical form. In the reassessments that followed, the work of the American pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who has died aged 91, was a major beneficiary.

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Charles Lloyd Quartet

London jazz festival 2014: 10 to see

Apartheid exiles Dedication Orchestra, the sound of the Indian streets, and three-quarters of a century for Blue Note records - our critics pick the best of this year’s London jazz festival, which begins today.

Poppy

Jack Bruce obituary

The singer-songwriter and bass guitarist Jack Bruce, who has died aged 71 of liver disease, is best remembered as a mainstay of Cream, the first of the supergroups – combinations, often short-lived, of already successful musicians.