"This double CD is a very enjoyable and good value introduction to the UK jazz scene and everybody should find something to enjoy here."
"This is an excellent collection showcasing jazz from a distinctly European perspective."
"The beauty of Brecon is the sheer variety of music on offer, covering all jazz styles from trad to the avant garde."
"Despite the weather it had still been a great weekend with some fantastic music. Here's to the next one. "
"Tim Owen looks at three concerts at the 2009 Meltdown Festival"
"Compiled by jazz journalist and broadcaster Kevin Le Gendre this is an absorbing, thought provoking and downright entertaining snapshot of US and UK contemporary jazz"
"An all day celebration of the jazz scene in Bristol and beyond"
"A testament to the ACT ethos and a fitting musical tribute to the much missed Esbjorn Svensson"
"Friday at the Harmonic Festival with performances from Birmingham's Ben Markland Quintet and New York's Claudia Quintet. "
"Saturday at the Harmonic Festival. A showcase for local and not so local talent across a wide range of jazz styles"
"Our new contributor Tom Gray enjoys the piano duos of Tom Cawley/Kit Downes and Richard Fairhurst/John Taylor plus a special cameo solo performance from Joey Calderazzo"
"Tim Owen enjoys two days of improvised music at this long running London festival. "
"Guest contributor Alistair Fields aka Big Al with a short summary of this year's event."
"Tom Gray reports from the 2010 London Jazz Awards which saw prizes go to pianist John Turville and vocalists Norma Winstone and Cleveland Watkiss. "
"Each band showcased a distinct placement of the instrument in the group sound, and each featured a highly distinctive musician at the keyboard. "
Torfaen Jazz Society Mini Jazz & Blues Festival, Panteg House, Griffithstown, Pontypool, 24/09/2011.
"An unpretentious, thoroughly enjoyable and value for money event featuring music from seven very different bands. "
"A welcome return for "Birmingham's cutting edge jazz festival". Stimulating, rewarding and entertaining with the Dreams Of Tall Buildings/ Arve Henriksen collaboration the undoubted highlight."
"Artistically Harmonic 2011 was a huge success with memorable performances from a wide array of musicians. "
"Ian Mann on the new look Cheltenham Jazz Festival plus performances from the Chris Potter Ensemble, Trondheim Jazz Exchange, Liam Noble Quintet, Fieldwork and Kit Downes & Seb Rochford."
"Ian Mann on a day of adventurous, cutting edge jazz with performances by John Taylor, Roberto Fonseca, Bill Frisell, Helge Lien Trio and the Anglo/French co-operative Tweedle Dee. "
"Ian Mann on a curious last day of the festival with performances by Abram Wilson, Hilde Marie Kjersem, Lighthouse and Paloma Faith with the Guy Barker Orchestra. "
"Ian Mann enjoys performances by Shackdusters, Threeway, Led Bib, Clare Free and the Eduardo Niebla Trio. "
"Ian Mann sees Titley Jazz 2012 get off to a great start with a string of fine performances from a mixture of old favourites and new faces. "
"Ian Mann enjoys performances from the Jim Mullen All Stars, Clark Tracey Quartet, Don Weller Big Band, Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins Quartet and the Mornington Lockett / Martin Shaw Quintet."
"Ian Mann enjoys the most musically diverse day of the festival - and the sun shone too!"
"Now under new management the 2012 Brecon Jazz Festival got off to a great start. Ian Mann enjoys performances by Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion and the Kit Downes Quintet."
"Ian Mann enjoys performances by musicians from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Indigo Kid and Trio Libero but is left disappointed by Roy Ayers. "
"The final day of a hugely successful festival including performances from YolanDa Brown, Soweto Kinch, and Sarah Gillespie featuring Kit Downes."
"Ian Mann enjoys a varied evening of music and poetry hosted by Deborah Rose and headlined by rising star singer/songwriter Stephen Langstaff."
"Guest contributor Peter Coldham enjoys the final of the 3rd Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition."
"Ian Mann on performances by Pedro Segundo (solo), Binker Golding & Mises Boyd, Krzystof Urbanski's Urban Jazz Society and Nerija. "
"A terrific representation of the vibrant Birmingham Jazz Scene. Ian Mann enjoys the music on this fundraising compilation in support of the weekly jazz nights at The Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham. "
"There is much excellent music to be heard on this fund raising compilation featuring music from groups led by Anton Hunter, Julie Kjaer and Craig Scott."
"It's a great snapshot of the Birmingham scene and features some excellent playing & writing. Demonstrates the variety and vibrancy of the music being created in the city, from small group to big band "
"Ian Mann enjoys the first day of the Festival and performances by Kinetika Bloco and Dave Douglas' Uplift sextet."
"Ian Mann enjoys this compilation album celebrating the vibrant jazz and improvised music scene in Leeds - after acquiring the record in Cardiff!"
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann on performances by Vula Viel, Yazz Ahmed, David Sanborn, Hanna Paulsberg, Madeleine Peyroux and two exceptional 'Trios With A Twist', one from Cuba, the other from France.
Ian Mann on performances by Paris / Birmingham Jazz Exchange, Alfa Mist, John Surman's Brass Project, Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, Vels Trio, Joshua Redman and Michael Formanek.