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Jazzwise, launched in 1997, is the UK’s biggest selling jazz monthly magazine, also available online.

11 articles

One nation underground: ESP Disk

Retrospective by Edwin Pouncey, Jazzwise, March 2000

What record company these days would dare print "the Artists Alone Decide What You Will Hear" on their album sleeves. Well ESP Disk did in ...

Charlie Watts: The Beat Goes On: Charlie Watts and the Great Jazz Drummers

Interview by Jon Newey, Jazzwise, July 2000

Rolling Stone Charlie Watts is not a typical jazz drummer. His previous solo albums have touched on the legacy of Charlie Parker and his new ...

Steely Dan and Jazz

Interview by Chris Ingham, Jazzwise, December 2000

WAITING FOR Walter Becker and Donald Fagen AKA Steely Dan in their publicist’s New York office, I spot two mouth-wateringly opulent 24 CD sets of ...

All at sea: Jazz Party at Sea

Report by Jon Newey, Jazzwise, February 2005

Jazz gets a life on the ocean waves. ...

GoGo Penguin: v2.0

Review by Nick Hasted, Jazzwise, 23 January 2014

MANCHESTER's GoGo Penguin prove, among other things, what a rhythmic gift the drum 'n' bass dance scene, which began in the 1990s, has been to ...

Ginger Baker (19 August 1939 – 6 October 2019)

Obituary by Jon Newey, Jazzwise, December 2019

Pressed rolls and warthog: The life and times of Ginger Baker ...

David Crosby: Long Time Comin'

Interview by Jon Newey, Jazzwise, September 2020

From early 1960s gigs with Terry Callier and having a song covered by Miles Davis to latter-day collaborations with Snarky Puppy and Steely Dan's Donald ...

Miles Davis: Miles Ahead

Retrospective by Jon Newey, Jazzwise, September 2020

Fifty years ago this month Miles Davis played the biggest gig of his career when he brought his groundbreaking Bitches Brew band to the 1970 ...

Baby Face Willett: "Baby Face" Willette: Two Faced To Live, Too Young to Die

Retrospective by Jon Newey, Jazzwise, April 2021

Hammond B3 honcho "Baby Face" Willette kicked off the early 1960s as a promising new Blue Note label signing in the wake of Jimmy Smith's ...

Michael Horovitz OBE (4 April 1935 – 7 July 2021)

Obituary by Jon Newey, Jazzwise, September 2021

The celebrated British beat poet, writer, artist, 'anglo saxophonist', Michael Horovitz, has died age 86. ...

Charlie Watts (2 June 1941 – 24 August 2021)

Obituary by Jon Newey, Jazzwise, October 2021

The gentleman of rhythm calls time ...

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