Ian Recommends Archive

musicSachal Vasandani

New York based Vasandani and Ian have colluded over the last couple of years at the Elgar Room in the Albert Hall, Pizza Express Dean Street and the Hideaway, Streatham. Much fun was had on these gigs and Ian highly recommends his current album, "Hi-Fly".

musicGabriel Kahane

Singer, pianist and composer, Gabriel is making waves with his stunning album, Where Are the Arms?

musicEmilia Martensson

Emilia's album And So It Goes is a beautiful collaboration with one of Ian's favourite piano players, Barry Green. Out on Babel.

musicEmily King

Seven is the new mini album by US songwriter Emily King. Stand-out tracks include Georgia and No More.

albumWhat's it Gonna Be?

Quentin Collins & Brandon Allen. Driven ferociously yet tenderly by Enzo Zirilli on drums, with Ross Stanley on organ, this is a modern classic, harking back to the ever-popular tenor and trumpet led combos of hard bop. Also look out for a great guest appearance from Natalie Williams on Stevie Wonder's Smile Please. Released on Sunlightsquare Records.


Tubby Hayes. A fabulous live recording of Tubs captured in 1965 at Ronnie Scott's, with Jeff Clyne on bass, Benny Goodman on drums and Terry Lannegan on piano. Really captures the fire of Tubby's playing. Realease on TenToTen Records.

albumThe Music Of Chance

Barry Green New York Trio. Lauded by John Fordham of The Guardian, and a favourite piano player for Martin Speake, Anita Wardell, Georgia Mancio and Ian Shaw, this is Green's second project on disc and is a compelling work. Features New York ace Jeff Williams. Released on Moletone Records.

albumDido, King Arthur, Three Odes etc

The English Concert directed by Trevor Pinnock. A beautifully played and immaculately packaged box set CD. A great intro to Henry Purcell. Released on Archiv.


Bill Evans. Recorded live in Copenhagen in 1969 this is Evans' finest hour in a trio format. Eddie Gomez is on bass and Marty Morrell on drums. Released on Milestone.

venueThe Cinnamon Club

I regularly play this fantastic addition to the UK jazz and cabaret circuit. The performance areas are very glamorous and American in their feel and the club is run beautifully by Neil Hughes and his team. Love it. www.thecinnamonclub.net

venueThe Vortex Club

One of my favourite London haunts. www.vortexjazz.co.uk

venue606 Club

Another of my favourite London haunts. www.606club.co.uk

bookStarman: David Bowie – The Definitive Biography

Paul Trynker's fabulous new book on Bowie joins all the dots and fills in all the missing details. Strictly a book for Bowiephiles, this truly is how to chart the artistic and temperamental ups and downs of a modern pop icon. Published by Little Brown.

bookAdventures on the High Teas

By Stuart Maconie. A fabulous jaunt through Middle England by the talented writer and broadcaster. I think this is definitely on a par with Bryson. Published by Ebury Press.

bookSomewhere Towards the End

By Diana Athill. A solid, cheerful yet ruminative account of what it's like when you were born in 1917… and are still here. I attended her recent platform at the Purcell Room in London and was moved by her zest and scorn for all things mortal. Published by Granta.

bookAll Gone To Look For America

By Peter Millar. A bang up to the minute, post-Bush appraisal of the US seen from the criss-cross train network. Funny and pinprick sharp, Millar lives his dream and manages to avoid a single burger. Great travel writing. Published by Arcadia.


An ex-jazz record shop from the forties and fifties. (The original posters advertising the gigs around London have been glazed and remain on the wall.) It now houses retro scooterabilia and serves great coffee and hot toddies. Downstairs is an acoustic music room. Magical and part of the decidedly ungentrified Lower Marsh at the back of Waterloo Station… my neighbourhood. Located at 132 Lower Marsh, London SE1. www.scooterworks-uk.com

caféThe Hub

Situated on the corner of St George's Road and Kennington Road, The Hub serves morning coffees and cake. It is in the sixties church church.co.uk/what/hub-coffee-house

animationFat Pie

Click on the link for the most beautiful and disturbing animation around on line. Especially recommended are the new episodes of Salad Fingers. www.fat-pie.com