Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around East Anglia - Friday, November 22-Friday, November 29.
Friday, November 22 – SUE RICHARDSON, THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF CHET BAKER: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £10) Fabulous trumpeter/singer pays tribute in words and music to her musical hero, with Chris Ingham (piano), Ivars Galenieks (bass) and George Double (drums). SAXOPHONE GIANTS (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: www.fleecejazz.org.uk) A tribute to the tenor saxophone greats Ben Webster, Joe Henderson, Decter Gordon and John Coltrane among others, featuring US saxophonists Keith Loftis and Jean Toussaint with Reuben James (piano), Alex Davis (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums).
Sunday, November 24 – MUSICAL AFTERNOON: (The Apex Bar, 2.30pm, £10. Details: www.theapex.co.uk) A varied selection of musical entertainment featuring concert pianist Joseph Tong, Australian soprano Corrina Dolso and a set from Chris Ingham (piano), Ivars Galenieks (bass) and George Double (drums). DAVE GORDON TRIO: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free) Fantastic pianist returns to the Fludyers with Rob Palmer (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums). ALAN SKIDMORE: (The Bell, Clare, 8pm, £10. Details: www.jazz-nights.com) Extraordinary Coltrane-influenced tenor saxophonist, one of the UK’s finest. With Simon Brown (piano), Bern Hodgkins (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), plus a set from singer Larraine Odell. KAYONA (The Fox, Bury, 7.15pm, free) Return of the trio featuring Rachel Dawson (vocals), Matt Keane (keyboard) and Tim Ainsley (guitar). BENNY GOODMAN’S CARNEGIE CONCERT: (The Apex, Bury, 7.30pm, £18/16/£5. Details www.theapex.co.uk) Special acoustic recreation of the King of Swing’s legendary 1938 concert with Pete Long’s All-Star Goodmen Orchestra featuring vocalist Joan Viscant. ANDY BOWIE QUARTET: (Tram Shed, Cambridge, 8.30pm, free) Tenor saxophone-playing philosophy professor leads a quartet presenting a connoisseur’s choice from the modern jazz repertoire.
Monday, November 25 – JAZZ JAM: (The Windmill, Knox Road, Norwich, 8.30pm, free. Details: www.jazzjam.org.uk) New venue for established and friendly jam session led by bassist Brendan Youngs and guitarist Lee Vasey. All musicians welcome for sitting in.
Tuesday, November 26 – DAMON BROWN QUINTET: (The Cottage, Thunder Lane, Norwich, 7.30pm, £10/£5. www.Norwichjazzclub.co.uk) One of the finest straight-ahead trumpeters in the country leads formidable group featuring Pierrick Pedron (alto sax), Yutaka Shiina (pno), Adam King (bass) and a drummer (tbc).
Wednesday, November 27 – SIMON SPILLETT: (Lakeside, Lyng, 8pm, £10. Details: www.lakeside-jazz.com) The award-winning tenor saxophonist Spillett brings his customised brand of Tubby Hayes-inspired hard bop to Lakeside, with Chris Ingham (piano), Ivars Galenieks (bass) and George Double (drums).
Thursday, November 28 – SOLE BAY JAZZ BAND: (Maltings Pavilion, Ditchingham, 8pm, free. Info: 01986 896143) Residency for established and popular Dixieland band, featuring Ray Simmons (trumpet), Tim Densham (clarinet/sax), Ron Hockett (clarinet/saxophone), Alan Cugnoni (banjo/guitar), Tony Jullings (bass) and Craig Hipperson (drums).
Friday, November 29 – NICK PAGE QUARTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: www.fleecejazz.org.uk) Fluent, inventive and highly regarded guitarist with an all-star rhythm section featuring Dave Newton (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and Clark Tracy (drums).