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BBC Jazz Awards 2006
BBC Jazz Awards 2006

"This double CD is a very enjoyable and good value introduction to the UK jazz scene and everybody should find something to enjoy here."

4 out of 5

Album Review


ACT: Visions of Jazz
ACT: Visions of Jazz

"This is an excellent collection showcasing jazz from a distinctly European perspective."

4 out of 5

Album Review


Live: HSBC Brecon Jazz Festival 2008 - Friday & Saturday
Live: HSBC Brecon Jazz Festival 2008 - Friday & Saturday

"The beauty of Brecon is the sheer variety of music on offer, covering all jazz styles from trad to the avant garde."

4 out of 5

Live Review


Live: HSBC Brecon Jazz Festival 2008 - Sunday
Live: HSBC Brecon Jazz Festival 2008 - Sunday

"Despite the weather it had still been a great weekend with some fantastic music. Here's to the next one. "

4 out of 5

Live Review


Live: Meltdown Festival, London, Royal Festival Hall 20/06/2009
Live: Meltdown Festival, London, Royal Festival Hall 20/06/2009

"Tim Owen looks at three concerts at the 2009 Meltdown Festival"

3-5 out of 5

Live Review


Now’s The Time II: The best in contemporary jazz
Now’s The Time II: The best in contemporary jazz

"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"

4 out of 5

Album Review


Colston Hall Jazz Festival, Colston Hall, Bristol, 20/09/2009
Colston Hall Jazz Festival, Colston Hall, Bristol, 20/09/2009

"An all day celebration of the jazz scene in Bristol and beyond"

4 out of 5

Live Review


Magic Moments @ Schloss Elmau
Magic Moments @ Schloss Elmau

"A testament to the ACT ethos and a fitting musical tribute to the much missed Esbjorn Svensson"

3-5 out of 5

Album Review


Harmonic Festival 2010, Birmingham. 12/03/2010
Harmonic Festival 2010, Birmingham. 12/03/2010

"Friday at the Harmonic Festival with performances from Birmingham's Ben Markland Quintet and New York's Claudia Quintet. "

4 out of 5

Live Review


Harmonic Festival 2010, Birmingham, 13/03/2010
Harmonic Festival 2010, Birmingham, 13/03/2010

"Saturday at the Harmonic Festival. A showcase for local and not so local talent across a wide range of jazz styles"

3-5 out of 5

Live Review


Pizza Express Steinway Festival Day 2-Soho, London,16/04/2010
Pizza Express Steinway Festival Day 2-Soho, London,16/04/2010

"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"

4 out of 5

Live Review


Freedom Of The City Festival, Conway Hall, London, 2-3 May 2010
Freedom Of The City Festival, Conway Hall, London, 2-3 May 2010

"Tim Owen enjoys two days of improvised music at this long running London festival. "

4 out of 5

Live Review


Big Session Festival, De Montfort Hall and Gardens, Leicester,18-20 June 2010
Big Session Festival, De Montfort Hall and Gardens, Leicester,18-20 June 2010

"Guest contributor Alistair Fields aka Big Al with a short summary of this year's event."

4 out of 5

Live Review


London Jazz Awards 2010, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London, 16/08/2010.
London Jazz Awards 2010, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London, 16/08/2010.

"Tom Gray reports from the 2010 London Jazz Awards which saw prizes go to pianist John Turville and vocalists Norma Winstone and Cleveland Watkiss. "

3 out of 5

Live Review


Hatful of Hammond-a celebration of the Hammond organ, The Vortex, London, 20/11/2010 (part of LJF)
Hatful of Hammond-a celebration of the Hammond organ, The Vortex, London, 20/11/2010 (part of LJF)

"Each band showcased a distinct placement of the instrument in the group sound, and each featured a highly distinctive musician at the keyboard. "

3 out of 5

Live Review


Torfaen Jazz Society Mini Jazz & Blues Festival, Panteg House, Griffithstown, Pontypool, 24/09/2011.
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. "

3-5 out of 5

Live Review


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Friday at Harmonic Festival, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, 30/09/2011.

"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."

4 out of 5

Live Review


Saturday at Harmonic Festival, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, 01/10/2011.
Saturday at Harmonic Festival, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, 01/10/2011.

"Artistically Harmonic 2011 was a huge success with memorable performances from a wide array of musicians. "

4 out of 5

Live Review


Saturday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 05/05/2012.
Saturday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 05/05/2012.

"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."

4 out of 5

Live Review


Sunday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 06/05/2012.
Sunday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 06/05/2012.

"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. "

4-5 out of 5

Live Review


Monday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 07/05/2012.
Monday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 07/05/2012.

"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. "

4 out of 5

Live Review


Sunday at Lichfield Real Ale, Jazz & Blues Festival, Lichfield Rugby Club, 10/06/2012.
Sunday at Lichfield Real Ale, Jazz & Blues Festival, Lichfield Rugby Club, 10/06/2012.

"Ian Mann enjoys performances by Shackdusters, Threeway, Led Bib, Clare Free and the Eduardo Niebla Trio. "

3-5 out of 5

Live Review


Friday at Titley Jazz, 20/07/2012.
Friday at Titley Jazz, 20/07/2012.

"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. "

3-5 out of 5

Live Review


Saturday at Titley Jazz, 21/07/2012.
Saturday at Titley Jazz, 21/07/2012.

"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."

3-5 out of 5

Live Review


Sunday at Titley Jazz, 22/07/2012
Sunday at Titley Jazz, 22/07/2012

"Ian Mann enjoys the most musically diverse day of the festival - and the sun shone too!"

4 out of 5

Live Review


Friday at Brecon Jazz Festival, 10/08/2012
Friday at Brecon Jazz Festival, 10/08/2012

"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."

4 out of 5

Live Review


Saturday at Brecon Jazz Festival, 11/08/2012
Saturday at Brecon Jazz Festival, 11/08/2012

"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. "

4 out of 5

Live Review


Sunday at Brecon Jazz Festival, 12/08/2012.
Sunday at Brecon Jazz Festival, 12/08/2012.

"The final day of a hugely successful festival including performances from YolanDa Brown, Soweto Kinch, and Sarah Gillespie featuring Kit Downes."

4-5 out of 5

Live Review


Music and Poetry Evening at Tarc Gallery, Stanford Bridge, Worcestershire, 02/10/2012.
Music and Poetry Evening at Tarc Gallery, Stanford Bridge, Worcestershire, 02/10/2012.

"Ian Mann enjoys a varied evening of music and poetry hosted by Deborah Rose and headlined by rising star singer/songwriter Stephen Langstaff."

3-5 out of 5

Live Review


Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition 2012, Albert Hall, Nottingham, 07/10/2012.
Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition 2012, Albert Hall, Nottingham, 07/10/2012.

"Guest contributor Peter Coldham enjoys the final of the 3rd Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition."

5 out of 5

Live Review


EFG London Jazz Festival 2015, second Friday, 20/11/2015.
EFG London Jazz Festival 2015, second Friday, 20/11/2015.

"Ian Mann on performances by Pedro Segundo (solo), Binker Golding & Mises Boyd, Krzystof Urbanski's Urban Jazz Society and Nerija. "

0 out of 5


Jazzdosnaygrowontrees - Jazz at the Spotted Dog
Jazzdosnaygrowontrees - Jazz at the Spotted Dog

"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. "

4 out of 5

Album Review


JAZZ MANN FEATURES

Monday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 01/05/2017.

Monday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 01/05/2017.

Ian Mann on the final day of the Festival and performances by Hot 8 Brass Band, Sarah Munro, Mode9, Paul Carrack and Denys Baptiste.


Sunday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 30/04/2017.

Sunday at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 30/04/2017.

Ian Mann on performances by Monocled Man, Schnellertollermeier, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chick Corea, Chris Potter and Yazz Ahmed.


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