A beginners guide to jazz, by Quincy Jones protégé Ollie Howell

Jazz might be called “America’s only art form”, but it must also be music’s most misunderstood genre, too-often associated with weightless, warring cliches of either unfettered self indulgence, or wafer-thin lounge crooning.

To celebrate the recent opening of the UAE’s first “proper” jazz club – Quincy Jones-endorsed hangout Q’s, at Palazzo Versace Dubai – we asked the venue’s first resident act, British drummer firebrand Ollie Howell, for five albums likely to convert any jazz agnostic.

Or alternatively, just head down to hear Howell’s razor-sharp quartet – they’re in town until February 13, so catch ’em soon.

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’ (1958)

“There’s so much energy and excitement in that band, it’s completely infectious, you can’t sit still when you listen to…

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