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Music: I always listen to the great old jazz artists such as John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. They are my constant companions and inspiration as their music drives me to practice more, to try to perfect my art. I also listen to bands like Vampire Weekend, who are listening to Afrobeat and reinterpreting it for new audiences.
Aspire to the effortlessly cool style of Steve McQueen? As the authors of a new book explain, there's a lot of detail to obsess over before you can get the Ivy League look today
This is what he hated about the North: this eeh-by-gumming and hotpot suppers." This North stinks of chip fat, the houses are damp, cans of pop in café refrigerators are dusty. At the hairdressers you're offered tatty, tea-stained magazines, in which all the wordsearches have already been done.
A new box set of Philip Larkin's favourite jazz focuses on the pre-war trad he adored – but the poet was no musical stick-in-the- mud. In fact, says Sholto Byrnes, he was one of our most incisive jazz critics
The pianist Dave Stapleton may have the name of a suburban postman but he knows how to shape a 21st-century modern-jazz unit.
Simon Emmerson's folk/world project becomes a much firmer, more focused aggregation than on its 2007 debut.
Mozart, Poulenc and Vivaldi, some early Miles Davis, Eric Clapton and Donald Fagen; I've never had a problem appreciating different genres.
The ultimate Miles: from 'Kind of Blue' to kind of new
Jack Hutton was the highly professional and dynamic editor of Melody Maker who ensured the music paper's transition from the jazz age into the Beatles era and beyond. A lifelong journalist, publisher and keen jazz trumpeter, he launched many new successful titles including Sounds and Kerrang! As a journalist he met and interviewed an extraordinary range of stars, from Charlie Chaplin to Miles Davis and John Lennon. As an editor he knew how to bring together the best writers, photographers and designers, while setting new standards of production.
The first record I bought was...
Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. I remember hearing "So What" on the radio when I was just eight years old and my dad was driving us up to London one night in the rain. Around that time I had been getting more and more into playing around with scales and improvising on the piano, so I was just really struck by American jazz pianist Bill Evans' way with harmony.