Talent doesn’t always take you straight to the top like an elevator. Sometimes even the exceptional artists need a little guidance about where to alig(...)

While early and mid-career “Trane” have been extensively pored over and many of the great saxophonist’s tunes have become central tenets of the jazz g(...)

John Coltrane died 50 years ago this week. In the intervening decades, the saxophonist’s reputation has suffered not the tiniest decline. One could co(...)

There is no shortage of tributes to John Coltrane but when those paying homage are Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano, two of the great saxophonist’s most le(...)

Free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker: His  performances are  not for the faint-hearted, an intense experience, requiring effort and concentration from the listener as well as the performer. Photograph: Caroline Forbes

If you’ve never heard Evan Parker play a saxophone, there is little by way of comparison that can prepare you for his visceral, otherworldly sound. T(...)

Of all the names to conjure with from jazz’s golden age, none is so revered, so obscured by myth, so loaded with assumptions, as that of John Coltrane(...)

More power to your elbow: The Pipes, The Pipes at the Dock

Uilleann pipes are often confused with the bellicose bagpipes, meaning some people may give them a wide berth. Donal Dineen, DJ, broadcaster, photogr(...)

It’s half a century since Jack DeJohnette briefly shared a stage with John Coltrane and Jimmy Garrison. In the intervening years, the great Chicago(...)

David Liebman: “I’m good but I’m not that good. I don’t know how this happened to me. I still pinch myself daily”

‘As far as I’m concerned,” says Dave Liebman in a Noo Yawk accent straight out of an old gangster movie, “when you’ve got that horn in your mouth, wh(...)

September 14th, 1995: Singer David Bowie gestures as he performs one of the the first songs of a six-week concert tour of North America. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Files/Reuters

8th January 1947 - David Bowie is born David Robert Jones in Brixton, London, to mother Margaret “Peggy”, a waitress, and charity worker Haywood “John(...)