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Buddy DeFranco obituary

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The role of the clarinet in jazz changed from vital to marginal in little more than a decade, between the last hurrahs of the big swing bands at the end of the 1930s, and the rise of the unsentimentally byzantine style of bebop.

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

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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

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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.

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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.