Wayne Shorter

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Kind of Blue: Miles Davis. Photograph: Express/Getty

“I don’t remember hearing it for the first time,” says Guy Barker. “It’s almost like it was always there.” The London trumpeter, who has played his h(...)

Joe Lovano: “This current scene is going to be behind us very soon. We have to stay strong and believe in the universe.” Photograph:  Jimmy Katz

You might say that Joe Lovano was born with a silver saxophone in his mouth. His father, Tony ‘Big T’ Lovano, was a respected amateur saxophonist in t(...)

When Brian Blade first called his Fellowship band together back in 1997, he was a rising star, a respected drummer with some notable credits, but just(...)

Walter Becker: the Steely Dan songwriter at the Coachella festival in 2015. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty

Walter Becker Born: February 20th, 1950 Died: September 3rd, 2017 Walter Becker, the guitarist and songwriter who made suavely subversive pop hits ou(...)

 Lionel Loueke: ‘I didn’t go to Paris to play African music, I got to Paris to play jazz’.   Photograph:  Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At first glance, Lionel Loueke’s early life looks like an African musical boyhood straight out of central casting: banging on anything that made a noi(...)

Gerard Presencer was just 18 when he played a solo on US3’s version of Cantaloupe Island and suddenly found himself on one of the bestselling jazz re(...)

Pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade are great musicians in their own right, and each has already made his own cont(...)

DAN CROLL It’s time for Dan Croll’s fantasy festival. Where would you hold it? Somewhere with the natural landscape for it, maybe the Minack Th(...)

Danilo Pérez: Panama 500
  • Music
  • February 7, 2014, 00:00

It’s 500 years since the first European crossed the isthmus of Panama and “discovered” the Pacific Ocean. Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez commemora(...)

Jim Beard: Show of Hands
  • Music
  • November 1, 2013, 00:00

Keyboardist and composer Jim Beard is generally too busy answering the calls he gets from people such as Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin and Steely Dan(...)

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