News Walton mastered the art of writing catchy but challenging material

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.

Music: The man who got rhythm

George Gershwin wrote some of the most beautiful songs you've ever heard. He has been brilliantly interpreted by all the greats, from Ella to Miles Davis. He was born 100 years ago today.

Pop: The heart and soul of somebody else's gal

Jocelyn Brown has the voice of a diva and the career of a backing singer. But now she is reclaiming her star role. By Geoff Brown

Private lives: When there's three in a marriage

A Family Affair; this week, a husband and wife talk about their `non-monogamous' marriage

A lifelong grouse with the Inglorious First of August

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Classical music: Shocked by electric Cole

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Obituary: Catherine Sauvage

"SHE bites her public" was George Brassens' early tribute to the mordant talent of a great chanson singer, Catherine Sauvage. She preferred to be known not as a chanteuse (with its overtones of British music-hall comic parlance "shantoose") but as an interprete - which for her meant much more than mere "interpreter".

Music: Watch this Space for a couple of `quirky Scousers'

The likeable Liverpudlian four-piece Space are finding their own voice, says James McNair - and it turns out to be a duet

Music: Coltrane, Mayfield... Terry Callier?

Just a few years ago, Chicago's Terry Callier had given up on a once promising soul/jazz career and was working as a computer programmer - then along came an eager new generation of British DJs and fans and the rest, as they say, is history.

Obituary: Tommy Tedesco

Tommy Tedesco, guitarist: born Niagara Falls, New York 1930; married (three sons, one daughter); died Northridge, California 10 November 1997.

OBITUARY : Colette Magny

The formidable singer Colette Magny was one of the most remarkable artists to emerge from France in the Sixties. Her commitment to political causes followed the ups and downs of that turbulent decade while her militancy and dedication gave its full meaning to the expression chanteuse engagee.

Fashion: Designers jive to frock 'n' roll

We've squirted ourselves with designers' perfumes, worn their names on the waistband of our knickers, boasted their initials on our sunglasses. Now we can listen to their CDs.

We love to buy records and Monsieur Aznavour loves to make them - again and again ...

Research carried out on albums and singles released this year shows that the number of recordings put on to the market reached an all-time high. There are also some startling statistics, for example the artist with the most album releases in 1996 was discovered to be French crooner Charles Aznavour. He was responsible for no fewer than 28 albums, including re-releases and compilations.

Making a little thought go a long, long way

It's official: Steve Reich is a 20th-century master. As the composer hits 60, he talks to Phil Johnson about small orchestras, microphones and Wittgenstein

If music be the food they love, play on ...

A private survey of audiences at the Royal Festival Hall in London has at last discovered what it is that classical music concert-goers want.
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