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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.

London Jazz Festival 2012: Big Bands Blow Away The Competition

London

Featuring more than 250 gigs, the London jazz festival 2012 brought musical thrills to packed halls, foyers and free stages at the Southbank and Barbican. And the LJF buzz spreading out to the city's small clubs and pubs confirmed that this eclectic event continues to provide a fillip to jazz at all levels.

PREVIEW: Michel Petrucciani London Jazz Festival

Michael Petrucciani

There is a mean feast coming up at the Barbican: Jazz in all its diversity, represented by some of the greatest: Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock (in his first ever solo UK concert), John McLaughlin, Chick Chorea, and Jan Garbarek. Also showing will be a film about the legendary Michel Petrucciani.

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Mamounia Lounge, Shepherd Market

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.

Carnation

Dave Brubeck Obituary

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.