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’

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Private view: Lyla Foy. “I’m definitely not a fan of the so-called celebrity culture. . . I’m not at all eager to let everyone know everything about me” Photograph: Oli Deakin

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Andi Schnellman from Schnellertollemeier at 12 Points

Umea is a music town. Metal monsters Meshuggah hail from this neat, low-rise city of 117,000, huddled on the jagged shoreline of the Gulf of Bo(...)

John Scofield: one of ‘the big 75’ of contemporary jazz guitar

It’s the week of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arrival in America, and I’m in a taxi heading into downtown Manhattan. Images of the four fres(...)

Aidan Gillen on set during the video shoot. Photographs: Orla Keeshan

Broody valentines don’t come much darker than Love/Hate villain Aidan Gillen. When we went looking for an anti-hero to break my heart in the video (...)

 Pete Seeger photographed in Beacon, New York state, in August 2010. Photograph: Andrew Sullivan/The New York Times

Pete Seeger, who helped create the modern American folk music movement, co-wrote enduring songs such as If I Had a Hammer and became a leading voice f(...)

Iain Ballamy: ‘I think of them as different sides of something, rather than different somethings. But the people who like to bag music up and put it into genres struggle with that.’

Iain Ballamy is a quiet man, not a bit like a 46A. However, in common with the bus to Dún Laoghaire, the acclaimed English saxophonist is apt to keep (...)

Garth Brooks at Croke Park yesterday where it was announced he will play two concerts in July. Photographer: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

RONAN McGREEVY Garth Brooks is to play two concerts at Croke Park next summer. The country music singer and songwriter has confirmed shows for July 25(...)

The Gloaming are, from left, Thomas Bartlett, Dennis Cahill, Iarla Ó Lionáird,  Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

‘Beware of becoming your own tribute band.” That’s a lesson Dennis Cahill has learned through his years of collaborating with the Clare fiddler Martin(...)