Chris Ingham with his weekly round-up of the region’s jazz scene.
Friday, October 18 – JOHN ETHERIDGE: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £10. Details: www.headhunterslive.org) The amiable genius of jazz guitar parades his thrilling virtuosity and mind-boggling diversity, with Chris Ingham (piano), Rev. Andrew Brown (bass) and George Double (drums). ROGER BEAUJOLAIS QUARTET (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: www.fleecejazz.org.uk) One of the top vibraphone players in the country leads an all-star quartet featuring Robin Aspland (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass) and Winston Clifford (drums).
Sunday, October 20 – RAY GELATO: (California Club, Ipswich, 8pm, £12. Details: www.ipswichjazzclub.co.uk) Gelato’s highly entertaining style has shades of Texas tenors like Illinois Jacquet and Arnett Cobb and Las Vegas entertainers like Louis Prima. With Chris Ingham (piano), Mick Hutton (bass) and George Double (drums). TIM WHITEHEAD (Fludyers Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free. Jazzeast.vpweb.co.uk) Top contemporary tenor saxophonist and composer, Whitehead has been at the forefront of British contemporary jazz for 25 years, with Dave Gordon (piano), Rob Palmer (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums). DEADLY POPADOMS (The Fox, Bury, 7.15pm, free) Groovy 70s style quartet specialising in dark funky rhythms and blues-inflected solos. 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, October 21 – 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, October 22 – KATE WILLIAMS TRIO: (The Cottage, Thunder Lane, Norwich, 8.30pm, £10. www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk) Creative, cerebral and swinging, pianist/composer Kate is a mainstay of the London scene. On one of her regular returns to her home town club, she is accompanied by her regular A-list team Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Tristan Maillot (drums).
Wednesday, October 23 – MATT WATES SEXTET: (Lakeside, Lyng, 7pm, £10. Details: www.lakeside-jazz.com) Tightly arranged, skilfully executed West Coast-style originals, led by the effervescent Wates (alto) and featuring Steve Main (tenor), Robbie Robson (trumpet), Leon Greening (piano), Malcolm Creese (bass) and Matt Home (drums).
Thursday, October 24 – 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, October 25 – OLLIE HOWELL QUINTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: www.fleecejazz.org.uk) Endorsed by Quincy Jones and Jimmy Cobb, this fine young British drummer/composer will be showcasing tracks from his remarkable debut album Sutures And Stitches, with Duncan Eagles (tenor sax), Mark Perry (trumpet), Matt Robinson (piano) and Max Luthert (double bass).