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CD review: Nat Janoff

Come Together Move Apart (No affiliated label) Reviewed by JJ Wheeler  As the title suggests, there seems to be a lot of conflict in this record. We all know that jazz (like most music) is defined by tension and release,… Read More ›

Cobweb pick of the week

JJ Wheeler marks his card. This week’s Cobweb Pick of the week features an all-star cast of a Cobweb founder (Percy Purseglove), current Cobweb leader (Lluis Mather), Cobweb legend (Alex Merritt) and honorary member Jon Scott of Kairos Quartet fame…. Read More ›

Concert review: Django Bates & the TDEs

Cheltenham Town Hall Pillar Room, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 30-04-2011 Reviewed by JJ Wheeler Gig of the festival! (That’s JJ’s simple assessment, and to find out why, listen to BBC Radio 3’s Jazz On 3 this Monday 9 May, from 11pm.)

Concert review: Pharaoh Sanders

Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 30-04-2011 Reviewed by JJ Wheeler  When somebody not only blessed with the company of, but also a close musical associate of, John Coltrane comes to town, you can’t help but expect great things. Thus,… Read More ›

Concert review: Spin Marvel

Jazz Arena, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 30-04-2011 Reviewed by JJ Wheeler  Not the only high-profile bass ‘dep’ for the weekend, news of Led Zeppelin’s John-Paul Jones joining an already audaciously explosive band no doubt sold a few more tickets for a rare performance… Read More ›

Concert review: Kit Downes Sextet

The Pillar Room, Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham Jazz Festival 01-05-2011 Reviewed by JJ Wheeler  Appearing no less than four times over three days at this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival, such is his popularity and wide appeal both as bandleader and… Read More ›

Preview: Cheltenham Jazz Festival

There’ll be not one but two Cheltenham Jazz Festival previews this week. Mine will be up here on Thursday, but first, thejazzbreakfast’s Man-On-The-Cheltenham-Beat this year, JJ Wheeler, shares his expectations. Wedding? What wedding? Surely the biggest, most eagerly anticipated event… Read More ›

The week ahead in gigs

One of the highlights of Birmingham’s jazz life in 2010 was the new Mostly Jazz Festival, an offshoot of the Moseley Folk Festival and using the same lovely little park as its pastoral setting. Well, Mostly Jazz is back on… Read More ›

Good gigs in small rooms

Two excellent bands play in intimate surroundings over the next two evenings. Saxophonist Alex Merritt, a grad of the Birmingham Conservatoire jazz course and currently playing and teaching in London, has played with the Kit Downes Trio as his band,… Read More ›

CD Review: Jonathan Kreisberg

Shadowless (New For Now Music) Reviewed by JJ Wheeler Fast becoming a stalwart of the New York scene, guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg returns with another release of odd-metred, highly confident and expertly executed compositions. And so they should be with the… Read More ›