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This fine if elusive novel about a jazz giant echoes his art in both its style and its story-telling

Critics' Awards 1999 - Jazz: That's quite enough of looking to the past

In 1999 what had been threatening for years actually happened: the ghost of jazz past all but obliterated the present. This wasn't surprising - the cumulative weight of a music which began at the same time as the century itself had been pressing down ever since the CD reissue boom of the late 1980s - but it was the centenary of Duke Ellington that finally tipped the scales. Tribute concerts by Wynton Marsalis at the Barbican, a special weekend at the South Bank and other festschrifts too numerous to mention all honoured the Duke, but left little room for anything else.

Live: New forms

MARTIN HAYES/DENNIS CAHILL

Music: When the temperature dropped

Fifty years ago, a radical young trumpeter called Miles Davis met the experienced arranger Gil Evans. Their collaboration gave rise to The Birth of the Cool. Jazz (and life in general) has never been the same since.

Jazz: The great original proclaim

MARK ISHAM BARBICAN LONDON

Obituary: Lester Bowie

A CONTRADICTION amongst trumpet players, Lester Bowie was the most successful trumpeter of the avant-garde and at the same time the contemporary player who was most happy when digging about in the roots of jazz from the earlier parts of the century.

Jazz: Live - Imitate to innovate

MARK ISHAM RONNIE SCOTT'S LONDON

Jazz Notes: Flights from, and back to, the status quo

WITH A new chic based on old brand names, jazz by the end of the 1980s had become self-satisfied. As the end of the 1990s approaches, it has become cocooned establishment paranoia, disguised, as are many elements in our society, as tradition.

Beethoven rolls over as syllabus gets jazzed up

JAZZ GREATS including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Thelonius Monk are pushing aside Bach, Beethoven and Mozart in school music lessons.

Classical: Rhythms and rarities

OXFORD FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

Football: The rebuilding of Blackburn has already begun

Richard Slater senses a renewed spirit pervading a stricken club

Music: Rap and the world raps with you

OK, the Beastie Boys have cleaned up their act. Got religion. Opened shops. But they'll always be a punk band at heart. By Fiona Sturges

Comment: Tinseltown's history of jazz hits a discordant note

If Hollywood wants Leonardo to be Chet Baker, I expect it will go ahead and do it

The Sitters Tale: Anita Roddick

New faces at the National Portrait Gallery: the creator of The Body Shop says that her family loves seeing her darker side uppermost - for once

Music: Notes from a quiet life

David Sylvian isn't exactly prolific: he last produced a solo album 12 years ago. But the former Japan singer is not so much a musician as a master stylist. And that takes longer.

Words: sic, adv. and v.

IF THERE are few greater pleasures in life than smiling and affixing [sic] to somebody's ineptitude, nothing is more galling than not understanding why others have done so.
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