Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

Every minute of the day more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. It’s an inventory that will include a huge swathe of this, that and th(...)

Sean Jones – former lead trumpet with Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz at the Lincoln Centre orchestra and more recently stand-in for Miles Davis in the tribute(...)

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 (...)

Wayne Shorter: ‘If there’s a lot of praise, where are the record sales?’ Photograph: Keith Tsuji/Getty

For Wayne Shorter, the past is not just another country, it’s a distant galaxy. Only now matters. It’s what you would expect from an iconic jazz music(...)

Nils Frahm: ‘It is basically the Photoshop generation; you can take a photo that looks shit and then after two hours you can make it look “perfect”. That’s also what has happened to music’

I expect to talk to Nils Frahm from the environment of his “laboratory-like” studio in Berlin, but it turns out he is in Denmark. “Yes, it’s a rare ca(...)

Ernie Watts: credit list runs to recordings for Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond and the Rolling Stones. Photograph: Patricia Watts

If you’ve listened to music in the past 50 years, then you’ve probably heard Ernie Watts play his saxophone many times. Being a first-call horn pla(...)

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(...)

Lift to the Scaffold/Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud 1:40

How’s this for an overture? Julien (Maurice Ronet), a former paratrooper in the Foreign Legion, kills the shadowy industrialist husband of Florence (J(...)

Ahmad Jamal: ‘There’s no such thing as old music. It’s either good or bad. They’re still playing Debussy’s Clair de Lune. How old is that?’ Photograph: JB Millot

Ahmad Jamal wears his “living legend” tag lightly. One of the most celebrated pianists in American music for the better part of six decades, he is cit(...)

Madrid’s Plaza Mayor, a favourite with location with tourists, but visitor numbers to the city were down 22 per cent in August compared to the same month last year.
How Madrid lost its mojo

It sits, grey and unpainted, just outside central Madrid, on the city’s northeastern industrial outskirts. With one side of its semi-circular roof til(...)