Steve Fishwick Bruce Lindsay hears the trumpet is not an easy option

Profiles Bassist Eberhard Weber evades the ECM stereotype when it comes to landscapes and locations; saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa frowns on those who put brown before sound; reedman Mark Crooks digs deep into the songbook for the real thing

Steve Khan Guitarist Steve Khan, subject of another Beat Goes On anthology, talked to Mark Gilbert about his father, his influences and critical prejudice against session work

Albert Mangelsdorff Brian Morton reminds us of the singular achievements of German trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, who would have been 90 this month

Eddie Jefferson Gordon Jack remembers a pioneer of vocalese

Books Reviews Buddy Rich - One Of A Kind // Jazz Transatlantic // The Art Of Conduction: A Conduction® Workbook

Alt. takes Brian Morton reviews the reviewers

Record reviews We review 81 albums of new and reissued jazz. See the full list

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Preview: Barker's Big Band Christmas

Guy Barker brings Christmas to the Royal Albert Hall again, with guests including Strictly Come Dancing singer Tommy Blaize and clarinettist Adrian Cox

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Review: Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival

Marek Piechnat enjoyed the varied programme at this year's Ystad Festival and had the experience of a lifetime thanks to Nils Petter Molvaer and a rainbow

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Review: SPARCfest, London

The first in a week-long series of concerts, SPARCfest kicked off with perhaps one of the most intriguing collective improvisations ever seen, says Roger Farbey

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Preview: Cambridge Jazz Festival

The fourth Cambridge International Jazz Festival, 13 to 17 November, features more than 420 musicians including Ian Shaw, Claire Martin and Madeleine Peyroux

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Preview: Marsden Jazz Festival

This year's Marsden Jazz Festival brings a packed and eclectic programme of jazz to Yorkshire in October, with almost 100 events over three days

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Preview: BopFest, London

The third BopFest brings a week of top bop and straightahead jazz to central London's Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club this November

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Review: Wall2Wall, Abergavenny

Nigel Jarrett experiences frenetic musicianship, rising young players and more at the 11th annual Wall2Wall festival organised by Black Mountain Jazz

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Review: Au Gres du Jazz, Alsace

Bob Weir travels to small-town Alsace for a busy festival with standout shows from Chris Potter and Shai Maestro, Fred Hersch and Seamus Blake

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Preview: Jazz goes cruising

Two jazz cruises, Blue Note At Sea and The Jazz Cruise, sail from Florida next January with line-ups featuring some of the musicís greatest names

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Review: Flow Festival, Helsinki

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington stole the show at the 15th Flow Festival, but Terry Riley, 83, surprised with some jazz too, writes Wif Stenger

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Review: Umbria Jazz Festival

Despite arriving five days into the event Bob Weir still found plenty to entice in Perugia, including Vijay Iyer, the Mingus Big Band and Gregory Porter

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Review: Warsaw Summer Jazz Days

Warsaw's Summer Jazz Days festival mixed British, US and Polish artists in an all-jazz programme played to an atypically wide age-range, says Bob Weir

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Review: Garana Jazz Festival

Bob Weir enjoys music from Youn Sun Nah, Stanley Clarke, Adam Baldych and many more at a special jazz festival in rural Romania

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Preview: Middlesbrough jazz weekend

The Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender - the first major jazz festival in the town since 1978 - brings Chris Barber, Roller Trio and others to the newly refurbished Town Hall

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Review: Pori Jazz 2018

The Finnish festival ranged from funk to free with Tower of Power, Mavis Staples, Vijay Iyer and south Londoners Ruby Rushton, writes Wif Stenger

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Preview: LJF at The Other Palace

JGBG Events will present a host of jazz artists in concerts at The Other Palace in Victoria, as part of this year's EFG London Jazz Festival

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Jazz on the Mercury list

Sons Of Kemet's latest recording, Your Queen Is A Reptile, has been selected as one of twelve albums on the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize shortlist

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Review: Istanbul Jazz Festival

N. Buket Cengiz doesn't demur at the presence of Nick Cave at a jazz festival along with such more likely fare as Avishai Cohen and Melody Gardot

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Review: Vitrin at Istanbul Jazz Festival

Andy Hamilton visited the Istanbul Jazz Festival's showcase event, Vitrin, and was rewarded with performances at venues across two continents

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John Coltrane hits the charts

John Coltrane has scored his first ever place in the UK's official album chart, with his latest release, Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album

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Preview: Scarborough Jazz Festival

Scarborough Jazz Festival announces first names for 2018, including Alan Barnes, Dave Newton, Gareth Lockrane, Nerija, Nigel Price and Vimala Rowe

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Preview: More LJF shows announced

The EFG London Jazz Festival has announced a third group of concerts and events for the 2018 festival, with Archie Shepp and Bill Frisell among the artists

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Preview: BIG Chris Barber Band tour

Trombonist Chris Barber will be celebrating 70 years as a bandleader with a series of autumn dates for the BIG Chris Barber Band

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Preview: Courtney Pine and Omar

Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine and neo-soul vocalist Omar take Black Notes From The Deep on a northern tour in December


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