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Celebrating 75 years of Blue Note, Royal Festival Hall

Peter Quinn

Paying homage to the legendary imprint that brought us 'The Finest In Jazz Since 1939', this concert on the penultimate evening of the EFG London Jazz Festival really did have everything, including the unlikely sight of master pianist Robert Glasper pirouetting across the Royal Festival Hall stage. The first half saw Glasper in duo with fellow NYC-based Houstonian, pianist Jason Moran, in an extraordinary, hour-long set that referenced jazz past, present and future.Performing on two Steinway...

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection

Sarah Kent

There is nothing erotic or titillating about The Institute of Sexology, an exhibition the Wellcome Collection plans to keep open for a year. Those expecting a display of fertility symbols, fetish objects, kinky clothing or sex aids down the ages will be deeply disappointed. Just about enough objects and images are included to keep you interested, but the bulk of the show is not dedicated to sexual practices but to the 19th- and 20th-century doctors, anthropologists and psychologists who spent...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Jon Hassell / Brian Eno

Kieron Tyler

Jon Hassell / Brian Eno: Fourth World Vol. 1 - Possible MusicsIts opening is exotic. The music shimmers like heat haze and incorporates a sing-song...

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, English...

David Nice

A great creative partnership like the one between composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars can endure the occasional wobble. In his peerless...

My Old Lady

Matt Wolf

An Off Broadway play that largely passed without notice in 2002 is now a movie poised to suffer the same fate, notwithstanding the fact that this...

Tomasz Stanko, Barbican

Peter Culshaw

The Polish jazz train goes off the rails at the EFG London Jazz Festival

John McLaughlin / Hedvig Mollestad, Royal Festival Hall

Matthew Wright

Beautiful collaboration and beastly guitar-playing in a stunning jazz fusion gig

Bellowhead, Shepherd's Bush Empire

Tim Cumming

Ten years of riotous big band folk in one night

Tsujii, RLPO, Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Glyn Môn Hughes

A rousing standing ovation once again for Torke, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky

Far Cry 4

Simon Munk

Roam free in the mountain paradise of this first-person shooter. Perhaps too free…

God Bless the Child, Royal Court Theatre

Aleks Sierz

New play about education is a gripping satire with a cast of bright eight-year-olds

Winter Sleep

Tom Birchenough

Turkish master Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes Palme d'Or winner is huge in every sense

Vogt, LPO, Nézet-Séguin, Royal Festival Hall

Edward Seckerson

Shapeliness and soul-searching in Brahms, Schubert and Strauss

Confessions of a Copper, Channel 4

Adam Sweeting

Ask a policeman?

BBC Singers, BBCSO, Pons, Barbican

David Nice

Blue skies from Respighi and Strauss, seasonal mystery from Brett Dean

What We Do in the Shadows

Veronica Lee

Vampire fun from New Zealand

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, National Theatre

Matt Wolf

Rufus Norris staging works both on its own terms and as a bold sign of what's to come

Triptych, Rambert, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

Great dancers in long programme of new work by Baldwin, Jeyasingh and Page

L'Elisir d'Amore, Royal Opera

Jessica Duchen

The sun shines out of Vittorio Grigolo's behind in a strong revival of Laurent Pelly's production

Daphnis et Églé/La Naissance d'Osiris, Les Arts Florissants, Christie, Barbican

Jenny Gilbert

Baroque music and dance illuminate each other in one-off period recreation performance

Snarky Puppy, The Roundhouse

Peter Quinn

Brooklyn-based collective's stellar musicianship and melodic power wow a capacity crowd

Loop, The Garage, London

Barney Harsent

Drone-rock pioneers find new lease of life 22 years after folding

Noel Fielding, Eventim Apollo

Veronica Lee

Surreal fun from a delightfully playful comic

Imagine... Anselm Kiefer, BBC One

Florence Hallett

Entertaining but two-dimensional, Alan Yentob's account glosses over the artist's flaws

Accolade, St James Theatre

Marianka Swain

Revival of 1950s celebrity scandal drama is a topical triumph

24 Hours in Police Custody, Channel 4

Jasper Rees

Gripping documentary series outstrips crime drama

The Homesman

Emma Simmonds

Tommy Lee Jones' sophomore directorial effort is an elegiac and eccentric western

Rosemary's Baby, Lifetime

Fisun Güner

Classic Sixties horror story about spawning the Antichrist fails to deliver

Dancing Cheek to Cheek, BBC Four

Hanna Weibye

Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley trot gently through dance history

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