Buddy DeFranco obituary


The role of the clarinet in jazz changed from vital to marginal in little more than a decade, between the last hurrahs of the big swing bands at the end of the 1930s, and the rise of the unsentimentally byzantine style of bebop.

London jazz festival 2014: 10 to see

Charles Lloyd Quartet

Apartheid exiles Dedication Orchestra, the sound of the Indian streets, and three-quarters of a century for Blue Note records - our critics pick the best of this year’s London jazz festival, which begins today.

Jack Bruce obituary


The singer-songwriter and bass guitarist Jack Bruce, who has died aged 71 of liver disease, is best remembered as a mainstay of Cream, the first of the supergroups – combinations, often short-lived, of already successful musicians.