Jazz Stories

Benjamin Moussay, Promontoire

Last we heard from Benjamin Moussay was on Louis Sclavis masterpiece Characters on a Wall He seizes …

Published: 30 May 2020. Updated: 115 minutes ago.

John Scofield, Bill Stewart, Steve Swallow, Swallow Tales

There is a stately character to Swallow Tales, an album that delights from a number of points of …

Published: 30 May 2020. Updated: 7 hours ago.

Classy Clayton track heralds release of Happening: Live at the Village Vanguard

Now streaming, the lead-off track of pianist Gerald Clayton's Happening: Live at the Village …

Published: 29 May 2020. Updated: 23 hours ago.

'Not playing gigs has made me appreciate the wonderful musicians and drummers I work with so much more. I really miss playing with them but also all the banter and chit chat'

Leader of the Ronnie Scott's Wednesday upstairs jam trumpeter Andy Davies on his new Lockdown …

Published: 28 May 2020. Updated: 45 hours ago.

Dazzling 'Levitation 21,' the lead-off track from Tigran's The Call Within, streams

The Call Within, is new at the end of August from pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan and features 10 …

Published: 28 May 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

New chapter in the career of Allison Neale set to begin

Alto saxophonist Allison Neale has signed to the Ubuntu label and for her first release for the …

Published: 28 May 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

Nubya Garcia's 'Pace' streams

Saxophonist Nubya Garcia now signed to Concord Music has a new single 'Pace' just released on …

Published: 28 May 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

Track of the day: 'People'

Here's a compelling version of 'People' from the Ian Shaw Italian quartet album Integrity. Shaw's …

Published: 28 May 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

Out now

The perfect companion to marlbank On the Jazz Scene is now available in a Kindle edition. Click here

Published: 28 May 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

Marlbank playlist: 27/05/20

Lady Blackbird, pictured.

Published: 27 May 2020. Updated: 2 days ago.

Black Treasure streams

Working towards the completion of her fourth studio album for the Brownswood label due later in the …

Published: 27 May 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

Parliamentary jazz award nominations for 2020 announced

The nominees for the Parliamentary Jazz Awards have just been announced. Organised by the All Party …

Published: 27 May 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

Rava, Herbert, Guidi, For Mario (Live)

This feels very private music and has a deeply raw edge to it in terms of emotional impact. Each …

Published: 26 May 2020. Updated: 4 days ago.

Latest playlist 26/5/20

Latest playlist. Hendrika Entzian, top. Photo Bandcamp

Published: 26 May 2020. Updated: 3 days ago.

Kind of Blue drummer Jimmy Cobb has died

The Kind of Blue drummer Jimmy Cobb has died. He was 91. Born Wilbur James Cobb in Washington DC, …

Published: 25 May 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

Various artists, I Still Play

A feast of solo piano music spanning several genres and forming a formidable statement by issuing …

Published: 25 May 2020. Updated: 5 days ago.

Martin Speake and Liam Noble in The Chapel

The fact a student came along and recorded this duo performance by alto saxophonist Martin Speake …

Published: 24 May 2020. Updated: 6 days ago.

'Gravel Baron' from the Dave Storey trio streams

We'll have to wait another week for the rest of Jouska, new from drummer Dave Storey's trio. If …

Published: 23 May 2020. Updated: 7 days ago.

Laidback lead-off track from Derrick Hodge's Color of Noize streams

Here's the lead off track 'Not Right Now' new from bass guitarist Derrick Hodge, drawn from Color …

Published: 22 May 2020. Updated: 8 days ago.

Classical and jazz mix combine on upcoming Chick Corea double album

New solo piano double CD Chick Corea Plays to be released at the end of the summer has a wide …

Published: 21 May 2020. Updated: 9 days ago.

Track of the day: Taste of Honey

A beautifully measured introduction, and the opening track, to a new Beatles tribute album from the …

Published: 21 May 2020. Updated: 9 days ago.

After Lockdown we need to support jazz more than ever otherwise it's curtains

It's more imperative than ever post-Lockdown for us all to get out and hear live jazz wherever that …

Published: 20 May 2020. Updated: 9 days ago.

20/05/20 playlist

Today's top tracks. Benny Green above. Photo, Bandcamp

Published: 20 May 2020. Updated: 10 days ago.

Buzzing Barber cuts

Last month I was wondering if the upcoming Jonathan Barber album Legacy Holder will be a game …

Published: 20 May 2020. Updated: 10 days ago.

On the Jazz Scene is now available on Kindle

Marlbank's new book On the Jazz Scene is now available in a Kindle edition. Click here to order. …

Published: 20 May 2020. Updated: 10 days ago.

19/05/20 marlbank playlist

Published: 19 May 2020. Updated: 10 days ago.

John Cumming has died

A giant of UK jazz promotion John Cumming has died. Live promotion company Serious, of which he was …

Published: 18 May 2020. Updated: 11 days ago.

Lucky Peterson has died

The great bluesman Lucky Peterson died yesterday. He was only 55. A statement on his official …

Published: 18 May 2020. Updated: 12 days ago.

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