Ibrahim on apartheid: “We understood that the struggle was for our own humanity”

Getting an answer from Abdullah Ibrahim is like drawing water from a deep well. Most experienced musicians will have their patter down, and will – ha(...)

The fountains of the Bellagio light up in the middle of the Las Vegas strip

For much of the summer, I flitted in and out of the United States. I revisited some favourite cities and discovered some new ones. I love America m(...)

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 (...)

In any other year, Birdman would – with its unavoidable percussive score – win the Oscar for most drumming in a dramatic feature. This season we ar(...)

A Christmas album from Swedish trombonist Nils Landgren and his friends isn’t quite an annual tradition – it just feels that way. Prolific(...)

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(...)

Cornetist Kirk Knuffke and pianist Jesse Stacken have a habit of tackling composers one at a time. The long-standing duo’s early performances featu(...)

The More Socially Relevant Jazz Music Ensemble
Review: 12 Points day three
  • Music
  • April 13, 2014, 16:00

Alexander Hawkins; Herd Trio; Violet Spin; Marcin Masecki; Alarmist; The More Socially Relevant Jazz Mus(...)

Abdullah Ibrahim: Mukashi
  • Music
  • January 17, 2014, 00:00

As he enters his 80th year, Abdullah Ibrahim appears to be taking stock. The legendary Cape Town pianist can look back on a long and eventful life,(...)

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(...)