Brecon Jazz Festival is now all about the music and it shows. We went off to Wales to see for ourselvesRead more "Brecon Jazz Festival 2009 – Round Up"
If you want to be one of those impossibly smug folk who have tired of new discoveries before the rest of the world has even heard of them, this is the album for you. Vanessa da Mata is going to hit in a big way: think Bebel Gilberto with bass and attitudeRead more "Vanessa da Mata – Sim"
He is no longer the beautiful young man he once was but the voice can still charm the birds from the trees and the gentle humour of the man can keep them entertained once they are sitting on his shouldersRead more "MIlton Nascimento – Royal Festival Hall ’08 (Live Review)"
Small but perfectly formed festival Larmer Tree sported by far its best ever line up for seekers of the global groove and the weather (mostly) held together for the weekendRead more "Larmer Tree 2008 – Perfectly Formed Festival (Review)"
WOMAD organisers are rightly delighted to have had such a successful festival after the mudbath of last year. Some of this is down to luck of course (both bad last year and good this year) but lessons have been learned and other stats bare out improvements across the boardRead more "WOMAD 2008 – Festival Back on Track (Review)"
Out East, the Vortex swirls jazz goodness around but west London has its own pockets of perfect jazz. Our favourite is Hammersmith’s Basement Jazz Sessions. We caught up with accidental jazz entrepreneur Joel Reeves on the eve of Elan Mehler Quartet’s visitRead more "Basement Jazz Sessions – Out of the Lightness, into the Dark"
Apparently mud has different grades and it has gone from slurry to liquid on the site but we should be grateful — the Reading site would have been submerged. In these rather beautiful surroundings, WOMAD has begun with the best line-up in years to make up for the conditions underfootRead more "WOMAD 2007 – Live Review"