Voices

The late Ravi Shankar became known in the West through his association with The Beatles. But there was far more to the man George Harrison called the "godfather" of world music. He was a champion of crossover in its fullest sense. His sitar spoke to all our souls.

The Weasel: Currant affairs

Putting weather on one side, it's the little things you miss when you switch from taking les grandes vacances in Charente-Maritime to having your hols in Filey, North Yorks. By little things, I mean, of course, comestibles. Over the decade that we've been coming to the Yorkshire coast, it has become increasingly possible to persuade one's palate that it is on the Ile de Ré. The sourdough bread from Driffield farmers' market could not be matched at most boulangeries and the same goes for the butter croissants from our village Co-op. It is even possible to get rillettes de porc from the Ginger Pig butchers in Pickering, though the French would find both price and texture on the stiff side. But certain items remain elusive.

Johnny Griffin: Powerhouse tenor saxophonist who played with Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Art Blakey

Although born and bred in Chicago, the diminutive powerhouse tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin enjoyed his greatest success in Europe. He lived for 24 years in a beautiful château at Availles-Limouzine, a village near Poitiers in western France. As Mike Hennessey points out in his 2008 biography Little Giant: the story of Johnny Griffin, you can count the number of master saxophonists from the Midwest who have ended up in such accommodation on one finger.

Ravi Shankar, Barbican Hall, London

Hushed awe as the master bows out on a high note

Album: Norma Winstone, Distances (ECM)

Whether trilling wordlessly, singing her own poetic lyrics or enacting personal interpretations of jazz standards, the voice of Norma Winstone has created a uniquely sensitive sound-world for five decades.

Talking jazz

Aaron Bell

Bass player with Duke Ellington

Babatunde Olatunji

Early ambassador for African music

Jazz: Slav melancholy meets US free jazz

TOMASZ STANKO

Arts: The sweet sound of paradox

Feted in Europe as a major jazz composer and performer, Carla Bley has found little acclaim at home. Can she really be too adventurous for the United States?

MUSIC: JAZZ & BLUES

When the Frith Street landmark Ronnie Scott's paired Elvin Jones (right) with Stacey Kent for the coming week, the management was looking for a stark contrast. Just as John Coltrane's long-serving drummer is - even now - a human dynamo, singer Kent is possessed of as sensitive a voice as exists in modern jazz. Kent, whose third album, Let Yourself Go, is about to be released on Candid, has acquired a reputation as a tasteful and good-humoured stylist.

Me And My Partner: Jez Nelson and Sonita Alleyne

Jez Nelson, 35, met Sonita Alleyne, 32, at Jazz FM in 1989 when it launched. In 1991, they each put pounds 500 in the bank and set up Somethin' Else which ran Edinburgh's first Festival FM station. It is now one of our biggest independent radio production companies

Pop: Peaceful easy feeling

Terry Callier may not change the world. But he'll soothe it.

Jazz: In the name of the father

RAVI COLTRANE THE JAZZ CAF LONDON

Music: Jazz lives, OK?

So Denys Baptiste's album has made the Mercury Prize shortlist. Does this mean jazz in Britain is on its way up again? Not quite, says Phil Johnson
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