33 Jazz Mostly mainstream, straightahead, and vocals-led sounds.


Acid jazz in the 1990s introduced a genre-defining commercial blend of mod, soul-jazz and Hammond organ flavours that helped turn on a new generation and spawned its own sub-genre that updated “soul jazz”.


ASC Albums by Mike Westbrook, Julian Joseph and Steve Plews are included in the catalogue of this long-running label.


Audio B Run by bassist Malcolm Creese. Chamber jazz in outlook with a bop flavour.


Babel Current artist releases include Indigo Kid and III: Moment Gone in the Clouds


Basho Home to The Impossible Gentlemen.


Brownswood Look out for Joe Armon-Jones.


Candid Championed the then unknown Jamie Cullum, signing the singer-pianist-songwriter.  


Chaos Collective Back catalogue includes records by Laura Jurd and Corrie Dick.


Coffee and apple records Home to Kitty LaRoar and Simians of Swing.


Confront Mark Wastell’s adventurous improv label.


Destin-e Records Saxophonist and bass clarinettist Courtney Pine’s label. Choice items in the UK jazz legend’s back catalogue, still one of the biggest draws in concert halls, occasionally clubs, and festivals all over, include House of Legends, Song: The Ballad Book (2015) with pianist Zoe Rahman, and the self titled award winning debut album from Empirical then with Jay Phelps, Kit Downes and Neil Charles joining Nat Facey and Shaney Forbes, Courtney producing on that occasion and playing a bit. Maximum respect.


Diatribe Dons of the Dublin improv and alt.jazz scene. Their groundbreaking improv festival Éiríocht is in London this month


Diving Duck Ronnie Scott’s musical director pianist James Pearson and Scots jazz icon Jim Mullen are among label luminaries.


Downhome Records MOJO jazz writer Chris Ingham’s own label.


Edition Look out for Phronesis pianist Ivo Neame’s Moksha.  


Efpi Champions of and home to the Beats & Pieces big band.


Ergodos A Dublin based label with an Irish traditional, forward looking jazz, and improv-inflected signing policy. 


F-IRE Started originally by Barak Schmool.


FMR Dates back to the 1990s.


Foghorn Saxist Tony Bevan’s label. Late period Sunny Murray (RIP) features in the catalogue.


Gearbox Mainly vinyl. 


Gondwana Mancunian spiritual jazz label. 


Hep Trad, reissues and vintage.


Jazzizit Among the roster artists on saxophonist/producer Derek Nash’s long-running label are elegant singer Trudy Kerr. 


Jazz on Film Records Selwyn Harris’ acclaimed jazz film soundtrack box set label.


Jellymould Expect a new album from Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer, together, among the upcoming releases.


The Leaf Label Pete Wareham’s Melt Yourself Down and Matthew Bourne’s Moog project are in the jazz section of the back catalogue.


Leo Veteran avant garde label that made its name before the Berlin Wall came down in those days specialising in the Soviet era avant garde as well as US free-jazz.


Linn Mainly classical but lots of jazz in the catalogue including Liane Carroll’s Seaside.


Lost Marble Django Bates’ label. 


Luminous Artist-run label. 


Lyte Brother Raymond by Jean Toussaint is new in May 2018. 


Naim Roster includes Yazz Ahmed. Back catalogue features early Sons of Kemet, now releasing on Impulse!


Peter Edwards Music The Nu Civilisation Orchestra and Zara McFarlane pianist Peter Edwards’ own label.


Provocateur Mask Orchestra back catalogue is a feature.


Psi An Evan Parker-curated label.


RareNoise Roster includes WorldService Project and Jamie Saft. 


Sospiro Classical music saxophonist and composer John Harle’s label.


Soul jazz Known for its well-curated compilations. 


Spartacus Home to the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Tommy Smith.


Specific Kent-based record distributor Proper’s in-house label. 


Splashpoint Back catalogue includes Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll and Sue Richardson records.


Stoney Lane is a relatively new Birmingham scene label, pianist composer/arranger Hans Koller among the roster.


Traillbelle, the label of the great Irish singer Christine Tobin. 


Trio Records Drummer Clark Tracey’s mainstream, bebop and hard bop label. Spang a lang. John Horler sides, soon. 


Tru Thoughts Eclectic jazz inclined dance and DJ-inspired rare grooves galore rising up from a Brighton base.


Two Rivers Artists include Darwish.


Village Life Drummer Paul Clarvis’ discerning, eclectic, far sighted, jazz label.


Whirlwind Recordings A fast pace setting, groundbreaking hard bop and New Cool School label. Roster includes classy tenorist (London out of Nottingham) and occasional bassist Julian Siegel, affectionately known as “Wiggy”, in quartet mode.


The great Mulatu with his firing band – Cape Town

Cape Town International Jazz Festival 23 and 24 March  

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 6-8 April 

Cully Jazz Festival 13-21 April  

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 27 April-6 May 

Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2 May-7 May 

City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 3-7 May 

Jazz sous les pommiers 5-12 May 

Like a Jazz Machine 10-13 May 

Moers Festival 18-21 May 

Nattjazz 25 May-2 June 

Elbjazz 1 and 2 June 

Montreal International Jazz Festival 28 June-7 July 

Love Supreme 29 June-1 July 

Jazz à Juan 12-22 July 

North Sea 13-15 July

Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 13-22 July 

Pori Jazz 14-22 July 

Newport Jazz Festival 3-5 August 

Jazz Middelheim 9-12 August 

Berlin Jazz Festival 1-4 November 

London Jazz Festival 16-25 November 

Cloudmakers Five use a porous sound canvas of an approach that creates new space drawn from Cool, bebop and chamber jazz not only in the writing but factored in also in the expression. Experimenting with the present they make the future arrive earlier than it otherwise might however contrary to the laws of physics that may well be. Never obvious, overly attention-grabbing or derivative, instead they exist in a laboratory of the air in the moment.


JD Allen will not be playing the Brilliant Corners festival this week. The promoter Moving on Music is announcing details of refund arrangements later today. An expired passport put paid to the US sax ace travelling. 

Coming up at the annual festival, which is centred on the Cathedral Quarter of the city centre of Belfast, is the Irish jazz showcase with Paul Dunlea, Sue Rynhart and, out of the pulsating Derry jazz scene, Joseph Leighton, above.

12 on 14, Warsaw WEBSITE

606, London WEBSITE

Agharta, Prague WEBSITE 

Arthur’s, Dublin WEBSITE

A-Trane, Berlin WEBSITE

Bennigans, Derry WEBSITE

Berts, Belfast WEBSITE 

Bimhuis, Amsterdam WEBSITE

Birdland, New York WEBSITE  

Bix, Stuttgart WEBSITE 

Blue Note, Milan WEBSITE  

Blue Note, New York WEBSITE 

Blue Note, Tokyo WEBSITE 

Blue Note Jazz Club, Poznań WEBSITE

Blues Alley, Washington DC WEBSITE

Budapest Jazz Club, Budapest WEBSITE

Cafe Central, Madrid WEBSITE 

Casa del Jazz, Rome WEBSITE

Clamores, Madrid WEBSITE 

Dazzle, Denver WEBSITE 

Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Seattle WEBSITE   

Dizzy’s, New York WEBSITE

Domicil, Dortmund WEBSITE 

Duc des Lombards, Paris WEBSITE 

Eastside Jazz Club, Birmingham WEBSITE

Esse, Moscow WEBSITE 

Fasching, Stockholm WEBSITE  

Greenmill, Chicago WEBSITE 

Harris, Kraków WEBSITE    

Jamboree, Barcelona WEBSITE

Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen WEBSITE

Jazzkeller, Frankfurt WEBSITE  

Jazz Standard, New York WEBSITE 

Koko, Helsinki WEBSITE 

L’Archiduc, Brussels WEBSITE

Loft, Cologne WEBSITE

Matt and Phreds, Manchester WEBSITE 

Mezzrow, New York WEBSITE 

Moods, Zurich WEBSITE

Nardis, Istanbul WEBSITE 

Nova Jazz Cava, Terrassa, near Barcelona WEBSITE

Philly Joe’s, Tallinn WEBSITE 

Pizza Express Jazz Club, London WEBSITE 

Poetry Jazz Cafe, Toronto WEBSITE

Porgy and Bess, Vienna WEBSITE 

Ptica, Belgrade WEBSITE

Regatta bar, Boston WEBSITE  

Ronnie Scott’s, London WEBSITE 

Smoke, New York WEBSITE

Snug Harbor, New Orleans WEBSITE 

Spice of Life, London WEBSITE 

Spin, Oxford WEBSITE

Stadtgarten, Cologne WEBSITE 

Sunset-Sunside, Paris WEBSITE   

The Blue Arrow, Glasgow WEBSITE

The Bulls Head, London WEBSITE    

The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh WEBSITE  

The Pit Inn, Tokyo WEBSITE

Unterfahrt, Munich WEBSITE 

Victoria Nasjonal Jazz Scene, Oslo WEBSITE  

Village Vanguard, New York WEBSITE 

Vortex, London WEBSITE 

Yoshi’s, Oakland WEBSITE  

Zinc Bar, New York WEBSITE

Along Frith Street, above, pic © marlbank

Satire and still OK to laugh with on a serious level, this takes off via now long assimilated methods pioneered by the likes of Scanner pre-web to hurtle to an absurdist digital age responsive Han Bennink-like agit circus of necessary pause rather than dim conclusion. 

Filtered via quartal harmony, spoken word slapstick, playback mischief and open beats it is improvising to thrill to and fun and one of the best albums I have heard so far in 2018 by a long way. Artist website 


Scott Flanigan collects his most vivid impressions gathered from Take Five

“An incredible, invaluable experience with extraordinary people and outstanding musicians.  That’s probably the best way to describe Serious’ Take Five talent development scheme, designed to bring together 8 early career jazz musicians and give them the tools required to build a sustainable career in a volatile and demanding field, even by artistic standards. 

“Each of the 8 musicians on the week long scheme set in the beautiful, rural Bore Place in Kent brought their own compositions and inspirations – and fears – which were thoroughly dissected, probed, analysed and developed by a panel of industry experts.  These ranged from inspirational performance workshop sessions with multi-instrumentalist John Surman, whose enthusiasm for the music and its players was clear from the first tune, to heavyweights from the legal side of the music industry ensuring that we avoid common pitfalls that could ruin a career.  

“Invaluable advice was provided by experts in the field of radio, promotion, publishing, tax, legal advice, mental health and audience engagement, and each mentor on the scheme made themselves available for informal conversation each night over a bottle of wine... or two.  This opportunity for one on one face time with someone who knows a lot more about a particular aspect of my chosen field than I do was a great place to ask that stupid question, or get a nugget of advice on the most trivial or largest of matters, and always delivered in a friendly, encouraging atmosphere.  

‘We all bonded over favourite records, favourite tunes to play’

“The outstanding musicianship and depth of talent from each of the performers was also incredibly inspiring as we all bonded over favourite records, favourite tunes to play, great food and wine, and a shared love of jazz and improvised music.  I certainly hope to be working with some, if not all, of the musicians in years to come. 

“As a result of the experience I feel considerably more equipped to deal with business issues as my career develops, and understanding the business from a non-performance perspective helped me understand my relationship with promoters, publishers, and the wider music industry.”
Scott Flanigan, on electric piano, at the Cormac Larkin Billy Byrne’s Sofa Sessions in Kilkenny city, above in the video along with Barry Donohue on bass and Steve ‘Dakiz’ Davis on drums, tours in the band of Jim Mullen and Ronnie Greer beginning on 1 March.  

The Melody Gardot style is dark, less extravagantly possessive of a Piaf-like enchantment that nevertheless hovers in the mind however insubstantially that then morphs to float sensuously via a curiously individual La Gardot twang towards a Patsy Cline-like atmosphere and then back deep into a world that sits there as shimmering and meltingly as a Lady Day

On this souvenir summary of a record Live In Europe (Decca ****), which was released earlier this month, her band are allowed to jazz improvise – have to, more like it, in the DNA of the arranging. 

Recorded on tour from 2012-2016 it is a decade since Worrisome Heart when she first surfaced.  2009’s My One And Only Thrill went into the stratosphere.  Of all her records it was Currency of Man on which gospel soaked ‘Morning Sun’, above, the subtle underlying rhythmic hint transitioning figure from the double bass around the 7 minute 20 seconds mark of this absorbing version that leads into the blithely spiritual free form vocal response after an earlier overt Mbube-hinting sung exposition begun after the initial appropriate “click” around 2 mins and 41 seconds a “Let me tell you...” in the Gardot lyric and where that current begins to ripple.  Pick of a highly captivating album among a number of plums is an elegiac ‘The Rain’ given the way the band run and run and the singer soars. SG  

Speaking to Walter Love of the BBC aired initially on a themed night time hometown radio show shaped around songs from Versatile, Van Morrison discussed the studio experience, drummers, Gershwin, jazz and the importance of putting your own ‘stamp’ on things among other topics in an extended interview which revealed that there is another album on the way scheduled for April.

The long running Jazz Club programme also aired tracks from the album including his beautiful, 6”39’ stirring transformative version of ‘Affirmation’ with flautist Sir James Galway joining Sir Van on alto saxophone plus his scat in the stream of consciousness passage towards the end going beyond into the mystic, included. 

Van mentioned that Hammond B3 organist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco is to co-produce the next album, which is already in the can, and is to come out in April before Morrison’s headlining shows at the Derry jazz festivalDeFrancesco is known primarily for his work with guitar legend John McLaughlin (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra) in an earlier phase of his career. Like Van pal Joey tours the world, often playing the best jazz clubs available including down Frith Street way where the singer/saxophonist/blues harpist-guitarist recorded How Long Has This Been Going On? with Georgie Fame in Soho at Scott’s. Marlbank has contacted Joey DeFrancesco via his manager for comment. Joey De Francesco pictured top at the B3 and above left via Twitter with Van Morrison.