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Teddy Charles

720 days ago
Guardian MusicVirtuoso vibraphonist, composer and skipper in the CaribbeanTeddy Charles, who has died aged 84, was a virtuoso vibraphonist and a boldly experimental composer. In the 1960s, he temporarily gave up jazz to live on Martinique, where he became one of t... more info

Homeland resonates to jazz – but what other shows benefit from great music?

724 days ago
Guardian MusicCarrie listens to Thelonius Monk, while Treme is also filled with jazz, proving a powerful soundtrack can enhance any TV plotThe squeaks and squalls of jazz are an essential part of Homeland. Music features frequently in the Channel 4 US import, from... more info

John Fordham's month in jazz

724 days ago
Guardian MusicIn this first of a series of monthly columns, John Fordham picks out his musical milestones from the past few weeks. Tell us in the comments section below if there's things we've missed, plus what you'd like to see John covering in next month's colum... more info

Tony Marsh

727 days ago
Guardian MusicJazz percussionist whose drumming combined intensity with restraintThe percussionist Tony Marsh, who has died of cancer aged 72, was an inspired collaborator, combining intensity with restraint and stroking the drums more than he struck them. He work... more info

Wallace Roney: Home

728 days ago
Guardian Music(High Note)Although he is a stylistic descendant of Miles Davis, Wallace Roney constantly ignores the comfortable part of the legacy. His trumpet work has none of that winsome lyricism that gave Miles his great crossover appeal. Instead, he has consi... more info

Michel Legrand – review

739 days ago
Guardian MusicRonnie Scott's, LondonMichel Legrand has the kind of musical CV that makes everyone else's look like a sick note. He's worked with jazz legends, scored hundreds of films and won three Oscars. His heart-tugging melodies have been performed by everyone... more info

Abram Wilson – review

744 days ago
Guardian MusicPizza Express Jazz Club, LondonBeing a jazz performer with his own vivid stories to tell, the London-based US trumpeter/vocalist Abram Wilson probably won't be bursting into grateful tears at comparisons with Wynton Marsalis. He would probably twist ... more info

Nikki Iles: Hush – review

751 days ago
Guardian Music(Basho)Maybe because she doesn't play Radiohead or splice jazz with hip-hop, pianist Nikki Iles can be sidelined as unfashionably orthodox – but she's one of the UK's best-kept secrets, with a silvery touch and uncloying emotional warmth. This ... more info

Billy Hart/Ethan Iverson/Mark Turner/Ben Street: All Our Reasons – review

751 days ago
Guardian MusicECMThis nine year-old occasional quartet, nominally led by former Miles Davis and Charles Lloyd drummer Billy Hart, includes a young saxophonist growing in stature, Mark Turner, and Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson. If it has any affinities, they might... more info

Why Earl Scruggs was the Beethoven of the banjo

752 days ago
Guardian MusicA trip to North Carolina to study bluegrass yielded this lesson: Earl Scruggs was the greatest there ever wasI spent a couple of months last year studying bluegrass in North Carolina, and I learned that there are is one tune you never ask a banjo pla... more info

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