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Vale Bob Barnard – Specials

Australian jazz icon Bob Barnard has died aged 88. Alongside his brother Len, the trumpeter and cornetist played a key role in establishing the Australian jazz scene in the 1950s.The family has always played a key role in Bob Barnardit is…

One of the best jazz movies

There are few great films about jazz musicians, partly because there have been few black directors in Hollywood. One of the best jazz films, the 1977 film "Passing Through", was directed by independent filmmaker Larry Clark while his…

Ian McDonald Obituary | pop and rock

Even in a year shockingly overloaded with some of the most famous albums in rock history – Who's Tommy, Blind Faith, The Stones' Let It Bleed, The Beatles' Abbey Road, Led Zeppelin II and many more – In the Court of the Crimson King has…

Best Classical Music of 2021

Rarely, however, has one or other of the pieces deployed the full force of the orchestra. "Vista" opens with an oboe game; "Innocence", with just a handful of bass instruments before the entry of a howling bassoon. No note is foreign,…

A hot pianist at his hottest

Hampton Hawes was born in Los Angeles in 1928, the son of a Presbyterian minister. His mother was the church pianist, and he started picking tunes on his knees at home when he was little. He learned to play on his own, and…