The pianist, composer Cedar Walton has been known to jazz audiences for over five decades, and is likely to be remembered as an exemplar for fellow musicians, rather than a populist hero. But his association with the group of Art Blakey, and a briefer one with John Coltrane, gave him the necessary background for a successful career as a bandleader in his own right.
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Friday 20 March 2009
Vocals - Paul Buchanan
He sings with a Scottish band called The Blue Nile; when I saw them it was probably the most emotional show I've ever been to. My all-time favourite is Ella Fitzgerald, but I've thought about how this band is going to sound together, so Ella's out.
Saturday 27 December 2008
On paper, 24-year-old VV Brown certainly has the makings of a star – beauty, a big voice and, crucially, the backing of a major record label. Add to that her penchant for retro-soul and success on a huge scale seems a foregone conclusion.
Friday 05 December 2008
1. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
A surprising choice for the top spot. But the enigmatic tale has been reworked 131 times, by Joan Baez and Aretha Franklin among others.
Tuesday 11 November 2008
'Retire? I will sing till the day I die" declared Miriam Makeba in her 2004 biography Makeba. True to her word, the most famous African woman of her generation – popularly known as "Mama Africa" – had just taken part in a concert in Italy in support of the writer Roberto Saviano on Sunday when she was taken ill.
Tuesday 12 August 2008
Summer Sundae is an unfailingly hip festival that requires few stars to draw a crowd. Supergrass and The Coral pass for big pop here, likewise new reggae name Natty. Roisin Murphy dwarfs her thumping electro-rock with a head-banging sweater girl persona. Reverend and the Makers' Jon McClure is similarly hands-on in making his crude take on the Happy Mondays connect.
Sunday 20 July 2008
Occupation: Soul singer
Personal Style: Urban diva
Sunday 25 May 2008
Looks like Angela Davis, plays double bass like Charles Mingus, and sings like, well, anyone really. The second album by the US bass-fiddle prodigy is frustrating.
Marilyn and Ella, Theatre Royal, Stratford, East London<br/>The Living Unknown Soldier, Arcola Theatre, London
Monday 25 February 2008
Wednesday 13 February 2008
Wednesday 26 December 2007
Wednesday 12 December 2007
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