Shabaka Hutchings

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‘Things need to die for something else to come through’: Wet Leg, Nilüfer Yanya, Shabaka Hutchings and more on the year in music
Eliza Rose, Shabaka Hutchings, Sherelle, Rhian Teasdale and Nilüfer Yanya gather for our annual roundtable on the state of the music industry, discussing self-care, plagiarism allegations, post-release editing – and Kanye

Kate Hutchinson

02, Dec, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Shabaka: Afrikan Culture review – open-ended shimmer
The saxophonist’s debut solo outing is a shift towards the meditative, but still crackles with his signature energy

Kitty Empire

22, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The beat goes on: the new British jazz messengers
The UK jazz renaissance shows no sign of letting up and – from Nubya Garcia to Xhosa Cole – it’s a fresh wave of Black talent that’s pushing things forward

Kevin Le Gendre

08, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Latitude festival review: a hyper-real return to glitter, beer and British musical brilliance
The first full-capacity festival since the pandemic began hosted a series of artists – Sons of Kemet and Self Esteem among them – that show how vibrant the UK’s scene still is

Kate Hutchinson

26, Jul, 2021 @12:47 PM

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British Jazz Explosion: Journeys in Modern Jazz: Britain 1965-1972 review | John Fordham's jazz album of the month
A wide-ranging compilation featuring Kenny Wheeler, John Surman and Michael Garrick kicks off the celebratory British Jazz Explosion series of releases

John Fordham

16, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘We could lose it all’: UK jazz tries to get its groove back after Covid
The world-class British jazz scene was hit hard by the pandemic. As live shows and in-person collaboration resume, Steam Down, Soweto Kinch and more discuss the future

Ammar Kalia

16, Jun, 2021 @1:20 PM

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Sons of Kemet: Black to the Future review – an eloquent dance between anger and joy
Shabaka Hutchings and co’s urgent fourth album lifts the spirits and feeds the soul

Kitty Empire

15, May, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Shabaka Hutchings/Britten Sinfonia/Paterson review - tangible exhilaration
A leading light of London’s jazz scene gave an extraordinary demonstration of his clarinet expertise, adding nuance to Copland and Stravinsky

Erica Jeal

19, Nov, 2020 @1:15 PM

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'He'll make your head explode': sax stars on the genius and tragedy of Charlie Parker
He was nicknamed Bird and he soared in his music – if not in his life. For the centenary of the saxophonist who redefined jazz, today’s players reveal how his dizzying speed and spirituality changed their lives

Interviews by Kate Hutchinson

18, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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British jazz acts mark Black Lives Matter, Grenfell and Windrush
London jazz club hosts virtual concert with work inspired by themes of race, identity and immigration

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

22, Jun, 2020 @5:00 AM

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Add some township jive! How London's jazz scene set itself apart
The city’s young jazz community has flourished by drawing on everything from hip-hop to calypso and highlife, creating a unique cosmopolitan sound

John Lewis

27, May, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Shabaka and the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here By History review – shamanic lyricism
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Neil Spencer

28, Mar, 2020 @12:00 AM

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