Singer Ben E King  backstage at the 11th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada in this November 11th, 2010 file photo. The R&B singer died at the age of 76 according to news reports May 1, 2015. File photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Soul and R&B singer Ben E King, famous for his 1960s hit Stand By Me, has died aged 76, according to his agent.The soul singer first found fame wi(...)

Ambrose Akinmusire: chose the trumpet in the school band ‘because it had three buttons and I thought it would be easy’

Words are not always a jazz musician’s best friend, but they clearly mean a lot to Ambrose Akinmusire. The titles of his compositions – Confessions(...)

Kenneth Killeen: ‘In the case of Whiplash, which reinforces the stereotypical view of jazz, that’s not good’

In the ever-bulging calendar of festivals offering musical gratification, a unique programme is likely to grab the attention. So you would imagine (...)

Rhiannon Giddens lauds ‘the bravery of the Dolly Partons and the Loretta Lynns, feminists in a male-dominated environment’. Photograph: Larry French/Getty

After the first few words, you just know that Rhiannon Giddens has spent much of her time in Ireland. The North Carolina singer has lived for the p(...)

Phronesis: the jazz trio consists of (from left) English pianist Ivo Neame, Danish bassist Jasper Høiby and Swedish drummer Anton Eger. Photograph: Peter Van Breukelen

Popularity is not a condition that afflicts many young jazz musicians. Even for the best, writing, rehearsing and performing challenging creative m(...)

Charles Lloyd: ‘I wouldn’t be out here on the road if I didn’t feel younger than springtime in the music.’ Photograph: Douglas Mason/Getty Images

Charles Lloyd’s grandfather never entered a house by the back door, and that seems to explain something elusive about the way his grandson plays th(...)

 Grammy winner Dianne Reeves pictured performing in the Everyman Palace during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Thirty-five years after its inception, the Guinness Cork Jazz festival continues to go from strength to strength. From McCurtain Street’s hectic array(...)

Ginger Baker (left) - who formed Cream in the 1960s with Eric Clapton (right) and Jack Bruce and later played with Blind Faith - will perform at the Everyman Theatre at this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. This image is of a Royal Albert Hall show in 2005. File photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Rock drummer Ginger Baker is among the acts confirmed for this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, running in the city over the October bank holiday.B(...)

Horace Silver in an image from the sleeve of the Blue Note record Senor Blues - Cool Eyes.

Jazz musician Horace Silver, a composer known for pioneering hard bop, has died at age 85.Silver, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, was shaped by the (...)

Marius Neset: ‘People coming to the concerts now, they know my music, and they have expectations. But I can’t focus on that’

Being a saxophone idol is a relatively new experience for Marius Neset. Three years ago, the young Norwegian was one among many rising young stars of (...)