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Miles Davis

IoS Sounds of 2013: Jazz

There are not many artists who reignite their careers in their ninth decade, but the Pittsburgh-born pianist Ahmad Jamal, who comes to London's Barbican on 8 February, is really on a roll, at 82. The knockout title track from his latest album, Blue Moon, has been nominated for a Grammy and his London performance will be a showcase for the disc

Cultural Life: Femi Kuti, musician

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.

Twenty-One Locks, By Laura Barton

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.

Philip Larkin - Rhythm and rhyme

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

Jack Hutton: Editor who led 'Melody Maker' from the jazz age to the

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.

Music & Me: Nitin Sawhney

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.