Loose Tubes, the anarchic big band that blew British jazz wide open in the 1980s, acquired mythical status in the years following their demise(...)

Having an imperial past has its advantages. The UK jazz scene has always been enriched by the various diasporas from around the empire who(...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

The British tradition of playfully iconoclastic big bands can be traced back through Loose Tubes and Monty Python to end-of-pier brass ensembles and c(...)