Jazz

Interview: Matthew Halsall

Mancunian musician Matt Halsall is an accomplish trumpet player who draws on a combined love of Ninja Tunes and John Coltrane to inform his music. M quizzed him on songwriting, recording and the health of the UK’s jazz scene…

Sound Effect: Orlando Gough

Composer Orlando Gough has built his career around a taste for the unconventional. The former maths teacher has crafted music for battleships, choirs, TV operas, theatre productions, ballet and, most recently, for a lighthouse foghorn. Here, he talks us through the diverse music that soundtracks his life - expect gems from Animal Collective, The Small Faces, Monteverdi, Fairport Convention, Henry Purcell, Joe Zawinul and more....

New jazz generation

We discover a new breed of British jazz artists doing their bit to blow away outdated stereotypes surrounding the genre

Interview: Kit Downes

Mercury Music Prize nominated Kit Downes talks about the piano, the cosmos, working with Matthew Herbert and what it means to be a jazz artist in 2013…

Interview: Pete Wareham

We quiz Melt Yourself Down’s Pete Wareham on how he’s revitalising jazz via a love for Diplo and Nubian sounds

30 Seconds interview: GoGo Penguin

GoGo Penguin are a Mancunian jazz three piece with a reputation for making ambitious and adventurous music. Giles Peterson is a fan with their debut Fanfares nominated for best jazz album at the Worldwide Awards. M spends 30 Seconds with them to find out why they started writing music and where they look for musical inspiration...