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A documentary on Birmingham? Thanks but no thanks, I thought to myself while pondering the new series of Reimagining the City. Seriously, Birmingham? It's hardly Florence or Cairo or Cape Town. No one nudges their partner on a soggy January morning and says wistfully, "Darling, wouldn't it be just lovely if we could leave all this behind and disappear to Birmingham?"

Hamilton performs a drum solo at the White House during a reception to honour Black Music Month in 2004

Chico Hamilton: Musician

Drummer and bandleader whose quintet became acclaimed for its smooth, sophisticated style of jazz

All that jazz: Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding

With crowds low and the average fan age high, we ask: Is jazz a dying art form?

On the eve of the London Jazz Festival, Phil Johnson ponders the genre’s future

The beat goes on: Stan Tracey

London Jazz Festival: Different strokes for key movers

Kit Downes and Stan Tracey riff on the state of their art ahead of the London Jazz Festival

Wynton Marsalis

Music review: Wynton Marsalis, Ronnie Scott’s, London

Wynton Marsalis is playing six almost instantly sold-out sets over three nights in London, one of them marking the Ronnie Scott’s club’s first venture into opera-style live streaming, to sate the massive imbalance between Marsalis supply and demand.

Jazz gig of the week: Wynton Marsalis

Ronnie Scott's, London W1

Jon Hopkins' album 'Immunity' is out now

Fantasy band: Jon Hopkins

'Daniel Lanois brings magic to any song he touches'

Roberto Martinez

Trio follow Roberto Martinez to Everton

Coaching staff at Goodison Park takes shape

EZEQUIEL GARAY

Manchester United transfer news: Ezequiel Garay Old Trafford switch unlikely

Central defender is unlikely to leave Benfica this summer

Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks Saxophonist who played ska, reggae and rocksteady

In 1973, the Jamaican saxophonist and composer Cedric “Im” Brooks issued a wonderful album entitled From Mento to Reggae to Third World Music.

Album: Various artists, Liberation Music (BGP)

Louis Armstrong singing spiritual-jazz anthem "The Creator Has a Masterplan" (and sounding great) is one of the more bizarre experiences on this neat compendium of black consciousness from the vaults of Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label.

Page performs at The Dunes Hotel, Las Vegas, in 1962

Patti Page: Singer who sold 100m records but is best known for '(How Much Is) That Doggie'

In 1997 Patti Page was given an industry award for selling 100 million records and yet she rarely had critical success. Her detractors thought her records bland and banal and too often associated with novelty, notably "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window". Nevertheless, the record-buying public of the early 1950s loved her work and "Tennessee Waltz" sold 10 million copies, at that time becoming the second biggest selling single and only losing out to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas". Patti Page's impact in the UK was reduced because of local artists covering her hits.

Editorial: When East came West and the twain met

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.

A 'national treasure': Sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies aged 92

Ravi Shankar, the composer and sitar player who befriended the Beatles and acted as bridge between Indian music and the West, has died in southern California. He was 92 and had recently undergone heart surgery.

Sonny Rollins, Barbican, London

The young giants who gathered round Charlie Parker to reconfigure jazz in 1940s New York are nearly all gone.

Green Day, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

“Bad news, guys. Billie Joe has got laryngitis. But I’m here!” said drummer Tre Cool, taking centre stage before singing a solo rude version of “All By Myself”, thus setting the tone for an evening of nostalgic messing around.

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