A crowd protest appears to have been closely averted at the Womad World Music Festival. When Ska Cubano, a popular Cuban band, left the stage after a storming evening session, the audience booed and hissed until they returned for an encore, despite being informed that the evening had come to an end by the long-standing Radio 3 presenter Lucy Duran. She tells me she can't remember a more exuberant audience in the history of the Radio 3 stage at the festival: "It was 11.55pm when the band left the stage. The crowd had been so packed that there wasn't a space left. We had to close down the sound by midnight. We had to be silent by then – I had been told by the stage manager that there was to be no encore. She was adamant. I went on stage to tell the audience. I got on the stage and they hollered and booed until finally the stage manager got on the phone and got agreement for an encore. All the while, the crowd was heckling. I've never seen it like that before. When we finally got the thumbs up, I went out and told them 'You've won!'"
The two albums by the ex-Ornette Coleman alumni-group Old and New Dreams are justly celebrated, but they're entirely outshone in this superb five-disc box-set by three relative obscurities:
Golders Green Crematorium has been the final destination for an amazing list of the talented and famous. It is one of the best known crematoria in the world, and the oldest in London, having been opened in 1902, 17 years after cremation was legalised in Britain.
Sholto Byrnes bids farewell to a pioneer who shared the stage with Herbie Hancock and Ella Fitzgerald
This is pure jazz gold-dust: rediscovered music by Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans written for Claude Thornhill's pre-Birth of the Cool orchestra and never released in complete form before.
To celebrate the legendary jazz club's 50th anniversary, The Independent has teamed up with Ronnie Scott’s and the BFI to offer readers a chance two tickets to Mica Paris' concert on Wednesday 10t June at Ronnie Scott's in London.
From inauspicious beginnings, Ronnie Scott's has become a world-famous venue. As it celebrates its 50th birthday, Ian Burrell recalls the legends who have graced the West End club
Gilles Peterson travels all over the globe as a DJ and a festival organiser. But, reports Ian Burrell, one city remains at the heart of his passion for music
'Little Giant' Griffin seemed the most durable and dapper of all his hard-bop tenor generation, yet this May 2008 recording, just after his 80th birthday, was his last: he died in July.
Looks like Angela Davis, plays double bass like Charles Mingus, and sings like, well, anyone really. The second album by the US bass-fiddle prodigy is frustrating.