Elmore Judd, Jazz Café, London

Good and bad luck have trailed Elmore Judd's career in equal measure. When the name was an alias for the north London keyboardist Jesse Hackett, his selling of his debut Angel Sounds on the street outside Camden's Rhythm Records saw him invited in to record the follow-up for Honest Jon's. Damon Albarn took him to play in Mali, and last year's Glastonbury saw Elmore Judd, now a full band, collaborating with the great French-Algerian wild man Rachid Taha. All good.

Album: Mick Jagger & Dave Stewart

Music from the motion picture 'Alfie', EMI

Album: Blur, ***

Think Tank, Parlophone

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Last of the Britpop heroes

Clockwork Orange

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Letter: It's how you say it

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Hero Brown

You may or may not be keen on pickled animals as art, but there's no denying that, as a host at least, Damien Hirst is one of London's more accomplished players. His Notting Hill restaurant, Pharmacy (now affectionately known as Archy Ramp), was the venue for "Absolut Originals", a shindig to launch the first in a long line of Absolut Vodka art commissions.
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