Category Archives: Is That Jazz?

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ED MOTTA : Brasilian jazz-funk/MPB legend – La Linea Festival On Tour.

“ED MOTTA is the DON” – Gilles Person. Brasilian jazz-funk/MPB legend, Ed Mott is on a debut UK tour April 3rd-9th 2014. Brasilian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ed Motta is a free spirited soul with serious chops and is the … Continue reading

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Dr Yusef Abdul Lateef RIP : Gilles Peterson’s Tribute Mix Pt 1

Yusef Lateeef: Gilles Peterson’s Tribute Mix Pt 1…. DEEP! I’ve been meaning to do something on the master musician, Dr Yusef lateef, since his passing at the age of 93 in December 2013 and then Gilles Peterson rang me to … Continue reading

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FRESH! A few tunes to check out… Tori, Zara, Go Go, Burial….

FRESH! Some new music to check out that’s found a home in my current listening pile. First up, a bold 4 track trio EP,  from electric harpist Tori Handsley. I know Tori from the Freedom pure-improv jams where she turned … Continue reading

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LOOSE BOOTY: Milford Graves & Joe McPhee + Richard Hell + James Nares’ ‘Street’ feat Thurston Moore

LOOSE BOOTY: Milford Graves & Joe McPhee + Richard Hell + James Nares’ ‘Street’ feat Thurston Moore takes place at Rubloff Auditorium, the Art Institute of Chicago on Thursday, March 13, 7pm. This is a session! In celebration of Christopher … Continue reading

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HOMAGE TO MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA

This homage to pianist MOSES TAIWA MOLELEKWA on Soundcloud came to me via the very excellent Chimurenga crew and it has been created by a most interesting Jo’burg DJ and cultural activist, Mma Tseleng. It was during the Straight No … Continue reading

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Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin: Hustler’s Convention 40th Anniversary

Jalaluddin Mansur Nuriddin presented ‘Hustler’s Convention’ 40th Anniversary at the Jazz Cafe in London on Monday night and the “Godfather Of Rap” blew us all away – including the High Priest of P Funk, George Clinton. Despite the miserable weather, … Continue reading

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STRATA – DETROIT: Give a helping hand – 10 days to go

Strata Records owner Barbara Cox will lose her home and unreleased Strata master tapes with it, if she doesn’t pay $6700 in real estate taxes by January 20th. “I am writing you to ask for your help, urgently, with something … Continue reading

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Jazz Is My Religion

JAZZ IS MY RELIGION… Scanning my mails I noticed that San Francisco based http://jazzybeatchick.com had posted a poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I decided to check it out. I’d once rung Ferlinghetti’s City Lights bookshop in the hope hustling a copy … Continue reading

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THE RETURN OF GALLIANO

THE RETURN OF GALLIANO came a big surprise to many including, former Talkin’ Loud label boss, Gilles Peterson, who hosted their recent performance at the House Of St Barnabus alongside Denai Moore and Reginald Omas-Mamode IV. The concluding session to … Continue reading

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FREEDOM! Last session of 2013

FREEDOM! Last session of 2013. It was the closing night of the Jazz Festival and there were some weary people in the house, seems like a lot of sessions had been taken on board from Wayne Shorter to Wadada Leo … Continue reading

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