Chris Ingham brings you news of the best jazz gigs around the region this week.
Friday, December 6 – HEADS SOUTH: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) An international quartet playing a range of Latin jazz and related styles – John Harriman (piano), Steve Waterman (trumpet), Buster Birch (drums), Chino Martell Morgan (percussion) and Adolfredo Pulido (bass).
Sunday, December 8 – STEVE FISHWICK: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free) One of the country’s leading trumpeters in the hard bop style, Steve is joined by Simon Hurley (guitar), Rob Palmer (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums) for an evening of explosive, swinging jazz. 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, December 9 – JAZZ JAM: (The Windmill, Knox Road, Norwich, 8.30pm, free. Details: 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, December 10 – ZOE GILBY QUARTET: (The Cottage, Thunder Road, Norwich, 8pm, £10. Norwichjazzclub.co.uk) The North Eastern singer’s reputation is growing by the year. Tonight she features contemporary material from Pink Floyd and Kate Bush, interpretations of the great American Song Book and a selection of her own compositions. With Andy Champion (bass), Mark Williams (guitar) and Richard Brown (drums).
Wednesday, December 11 – CHRISTMAS JAM and PARTY NIGHT: (Lakeside, Lyng, 8pm, £10/£5 for participating musicians or singers. Details: lakeside-jazz.com) A buffet, a raffle and an opportunity to sit-in with the trio, Dereham Jazz Society’s customary festive event is very popular. Featuring Simon Nelson (trumpet and continuity), Simon Brown (piano), Ivars Galenieks (bass) and Tony Wilkins (drums).
Thursday, December 12 – BAD ASS BRASS: (Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, 8pm, £15/£12 student. Details: cambridgejazz.org) Eight horns playing bold, funky music dereived from the New Orleans marching band tradition. Guaranteed to blow your hat off. 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, December 13 – BENET McLEAN: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) Super-fluent piano virtuoso has drawn comparisons to the great Art Tatum with his dazzling technique, range and energy. Expect stride fireworks, a blistering right hand and some surprising vocals, with Duncan Eagles (saxophone), Max Luthert (bass) and Mark Mondasi (drums).
Friday, December 20 – A BLUE, BLUE NOTE CHRISTMAS with REBOP: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £10. Details: headhunterslive.org) Acclaimed and entertaining sextet deliver classic sounds from the legendary jazz record label, plus a dash of festive flavour. Featuring Paul Higgs (trumpet), Colin Watling (tenor sax), Dr Kevin Flanagan (alto sax), Chris Ingham (piano), Rev. Andrew Brown (bass) and George Double (drums).