Jazz Stories

Great that there is limited activity again on the London jazz scene but things are far from ideal

Round midnight? Fat chance on the London jazz scene at the moment. Shocked is one reaction at …

Published: 28 Sep 2020. Updated: 21 hours ago.

Solo piano albums: 5 to savour

Two solo piano albums, to kick things off, that have a certain amount in common and are released …

Published: 27 Sep 2020. Updated: 35 hours ago.

Linley Hamilton band at the Limerick Jazz Festival

The Limerick jazz festival concludes today with playing live Mary Coughlan topping the bill in …

Published: 27 Sep 2020. Updated: 42 hours ago.

Friendy show a lot of promise

Very talented new acoustic sax/piano/bass/drums quartet Friendy are worth getting to know in the …

Published: 27 Sep 2020. Updated: 40 hours ago.

Get in touch

We're opening up space for your guest contributions on marlbank over the next few weeks. Got …

Published: 26 Sep 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

Maisha mature nicely on expansively spiritual 'Open the Gates'

Dazzling earlier in the year with Gary Bartz on 'Leta's Dance' Maisha repeat the trick on the …

Published: 25 Sep 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

Lush title track of Sunset in the Blue streams

After outclassing Sting completely in their duet 'Little Something' already released it's the turn …

Published: 25 Sep 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

Harpreet Bansal band, Movements

Involving ragas here from violinist Harpreet Bansal and her band recorded in Kampen Church in Oslo, …

Published: 25 Sep 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

Bandler Ching surface

Hardly famous Belgians are Alan Van Rompuy on keys, Olivier Penu on drums and Federico Pecoraro on …

Published: 25 Sep 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

Van Morrison protest song is a complete dud

Sadly a tuneless fairly dull boogie of a number here on 'Born to be Free' in the first of his …

Published: 25 Sep 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

New release date for radical trad Wagner tribute Dick Wag

The release of Fred Thomas, Benoît Delbecq and Ewan Bleach's sparkling Wagner radical trad tribute …

Published: 25 Sep 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

London Jazz Festival launches

Running from 13-22 November the EFG London Jazz Festival this year is very different for very …

Published: 24 Sep 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

November release for Tom Smith debut Gecko

Playing saxophone and bass clarinet Tom Smith makes his debut this autumn with a November album …

Published: 24 Sep 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

'Giant' from The Jazz Influencers: uncheesy big band sounds

From upcoming very uncheesy big band release The Jazz Influencers despite that overly neat album …

Published: 24 Sep 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

Juliette Gréco has died

Loved by Miles Davis the great French singer Juliette Gréco has died at the age of 93. Obituary: …

Published: 23 Sep 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

Nubiyan Twist engage with 'Tittle Tattle'

This is the business. Talk about energy and drive… Leeds/London collective Nubiyan Twist are …

Published: 23 Sep 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

Ira Sullivan has died

US trumpeter Ira Sullivan has died. He was 89 and passed away on 21 September. His son guitarist …

Published: 23 Sep 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

Simon Below Quartet, Elements of Space

Recorded at La Buissonne in France and as you'd expect from such a premier studio the sound quality …

Published: 23 Sep 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

Limerick Jazz Festival online schedule

Here's the Limerick Jazz Festival online schedule all accessible via YouTube Live. Tonight, times …

Published: 22 Sep 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

Mammal Hands, Captured Spirits

A cross between GoGo Penguin and Portico Quartet cult three-piece Mammal Hands have somehow carved …

Published: 22 Sep 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

Track of the day from Rob Mazurek and the Exploding Star Orchestra

There's an incredible feeling of rich texture and motion on 'A Wrinkle In Time Sets Concentric …

Published: 22 Sep 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

Ruth Goller appears on latest Sam Amidon record

Worth being aware that excellent bassist Ruth Goller is on folk star Sam Amidon's great new …

Published: 22 Sep 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

Maria Chiara Argirò and Jamie Leeming, Flow

The first thing that leapt to mind here listening to this beautifully gathered duo record was …

Published: 22 Sep 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

Tubby Hayes Britjazz bop legend Spike Wells teams up with next generation players in new trio

It's not out until next year but I'm sure the collectors and wider Tubby Hayes community can wait …

Published: 22 Sep 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

Burnheart to debut

Fascinating experimentalism on show here from violinist-singer Johanna Burnheart on Burnheart that …

Published: 21 Sep 2020. Updated: 7 days ago.

Scottish jazz awards nominees

Nominations for the Scottish Jazz Awards just announced are: Rising Star Award sponsored by the …

Published: 21 Sep 2020. Updated: 7 days ago.

Welcome to marlbank

Welcome to marlbank. Just a word of introduction particularly if you are new to the site. 2020 for …

Published: 21 Sep 2020. Updated: 7 days ago.

Michel Benita, Looking at Sounds

There is a sense of pervasive mystery and restlessness on this latest highly tasteful album from …

Published: 20 Sep 2020. Updated: 8 days ago.

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