Monthly Archives: February 2013

Arriale in action

I’ve already mentioned on Twitter that the singer Tessa Souter is bringing her elegant jazz-meets-classical project to Soho this weekend. What I forgot to add is that the band will include one of the finest pianists around, Lynne Arriale. Here … Continue reading

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The fading light

His mistress was dying of ovarian cancer, so he sketched and painted her, again and again, until the end came. Lunettes Rouges tells the story of Ferdinand Hodler and Valentine Godé-Darel: “Few artists, before the AIDs years dared depicting a loved … Continue reading

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Blue

The antidote to a British winter from Brazil’s Celso Fonseca .

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Up in the air

Should I go to see “Flight”? I’m a nervous flyer, and Denzel Washington wasn’t exactly going all-out to sell the film in his interview with Simon Mayo. (Or was it just that it was his 200th Q&A of the day?) … Continue reading

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The greatest supermarket song ever?

Sir Terry Leahy, former CEO of Tesco, turned up on Desert Island Discs today. I enjoyed hearing about his working-class roots in Liverpool, and there was a neat story about paying his kids to snitch on his wife’s forays into Waitrose. … Continue reading

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Notebook

He was, of course, friendly to Black correspondents – in­deed, interviewing Muhammad was often their apprentice­ship. With no other famous Black man were they likely to receive as much courtesy: Ali answered questions in full. He answered them to microphones … Continue reading

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Staying sober at the Jazz FM Awards

I only had half-a-glass of white wine, honestly.

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