Jazz

Britain’s jazz scene is in full swing

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Jazz died in 1959. At least, that’s what New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton wrote in 2011 as part of a…

Jazz is dominated by men. So what?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

I’d recommend any aspiring writer to marry a jazz drummer. It’s done wonders for my powers of concentration. If I…

Juliette Gréco and Miles Davis at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, c. 1949

Paris at its most liberated: the turbulent 1940s

24 March 2018 9:00 am

We all have our favourite period of Parisian history, be it the Revolution, the Belle Époque or the swinging 1960s…

Dark magus: Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in ‘Miles Ahead’

‘Do black movies really not sell?’: Don Cheadle on Miles Ahead

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The musical biopic is a staple of the Hollywood economy. Like an Airfix model kit it comes with the necessary…

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan

Woody Allen: a life of jazz, laughter, depression —and a few misdemeanours

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg), the prolific, Oscar-winning auteur, New Orleans-style jazz clarinettist, doyen of New York delicatessen society,…

Jazz soloist Charlie Parker with his saxophone c. 1946

From ragtime to the X Factor: the epic story of popular music

22 August 2015 9:00 am

As pop music drifts away from many people’s lives, so its literature grows ever more serious and weighty, as though…

London shouting: The Clash at the ICA, 1976

Why plotting a sound map of London is impossible

18 July 2015 9:00 am

The opening bars of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s A London Symphony (1914) are scooped out from the gloopy bedrock of the…

The Sun King deserves better than this silly cabaret from Birmingham Royal Ballet

4 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s a comfort that the creation of a new ballet inspired by French court entertainment can still happen in the…

The Heckler: Why I’m allergic to Stephen Sondheim

21 March 2015 9:00 am

I came out in a rash when I heard that Emma Thompson was to star in Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd…

Sidney Bechet in 1939

Blue Note's 75 years of hot jazz

8 November 2014 9:00 am

This is a big book, a monumental text with 800 illustrations, 400 of them in colour, to be contemplated more…

Is there anything a gospel choir can't cheer up?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

‘I’m starting to think that all of the world’s major problems can be solved with either oyster sauce or backing…

Why is Radio 3 still leaderless?

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s happened almost by stealth but the number of listeners to 6 Music has now overtaken Radio 3, creeping up…

Wynton Marsalis: ‘The pressure of playing in public makes it all for real’

'They took me in like I was their son': Wynton Marsalis on jazz's great tradition

9 August 2014 9:00 am

At the end of his performance at the Barbican with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis made a…