Jazz

Interview: Bill Wells

The jazz virtuoso explains his indie bent, reveals what's lacking in mediocre electronica & snubs the Glasgow jazz scene

RIP Stan Tracey CBE

Stan Tracey CBE, acclaimed British jazz musician and winner of Ivor Novello’s first jazz award, has died aged 86.

30 seconds interview: Joe Stilgoe

Joe Stilgoe must love the stage. With more than 100 gigs under his belt already this year, he’s just lined up another string of shows for December including two nights at the prestigious Ronnie Scott's jazz bar. And, with a clutch of material spanning two critically acclaimed albums, Joe has plenty to fill his sets with. We spend 30 seconds with the chart topping musician to find out about his rise from able musician to household name...

Playlist: Psapp

Psapp are renowned for their eclectic approach to music-making, with influences as diverse as minimal electronica and trad jazz peeking out among their carnival of sounds. To commemorate the band’s welcome return after a five-year absence, we caught up with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Galia Durrant to find out what she’s been listening to lately. So what you waiting for? Tune in to enter the fantastical world of Psapp…

Featured artist: Floating Points

By day Floating Points (aka Sam Sheppard) busies himself with his PHD in neuroscience but when night falls, he’s a keen student of modern dancefloor beats. Productions on Eglo Records, the label he lords over alongside Rinse FM’s Alexander Nut, show off a classical training and love for warm electronica while his DJ sets span boogie, soul and jazz. He also leads the Floating Points Ensemble, a 16 piece group recently honoured by Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.