Sidney Bechet

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 Singer Ottilie Patterson performs on stage in 1965. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns

It’s a little known fact that one of Ireland’s first blues and jazz singers was the Hiberno-Latvian singer Otillie Patterson. A native of Comber, Co D(...)

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(...)

Kirsty Young with David Beckham as he joins Desert Island Discs for the programme’s 75th anniversary edition on Sunday. Photograph: PA

David Beckham has revealed he and wife Victoria used to have dates in restaurant car parks in the early days of their relationship in order to keep it(...)

Solly was unshakeably loyal in his friendships, and ferocious in his criticism if one failed to live up to his high standards. He relished good food, vintage wine, malt whiskey, expensive cigars. Photograph: Stanley Matchett

One of the most magical rooms I have ever entered was a dusty cubbyhole at the end of a corridor off Belfast’s High Street: Atlantic Records, windowle(...)