Chris Ingham’s weekly rundown of the best jazz gigs in the East this week (January 24-31).
Friday,January 24 – KATIE BROWN QUINTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) An award-winning, Scott Hamilton-approved alto player with an appealing, straight-ahead style, in the company of deeply groovy pianist Leon Greening plus Robbie Harvey (trombone), Tim Thornton (bass) and Matt Home (drums).
Sunday, January 26 – MARK LOCKHEART: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free) Highly inventive saxophonist whose last album, Ellington In Anticipation, was among the best records of 2013, featuring Mark’s old Curious Paradise bandmate Peter Oxley on guitar, with regular boys Rob Palmer (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums). BOPHOUSE BLUE (The Fox, Bury, 7.15pm, free) Jazz and blues classics, with Chris Newman (guitar/vocals), Myke Clifford (sax/flute/vocals) and Sue Szymanski (percussion). 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, January 27 – JAZZ JAM: (The Windmill, Knox Road, Norwich, 8.30pm, free. Details: jazzjam.org.uk) Established and friendly jam session led by bassist Brendan Youngs and guitarist Lee Vasey. All musicians welcome for sitting in.
Tuesday, January 28 – ANT LAW: (The Cottage, Thorpe St Andrew, 8pm, £10. Details: norwichjazzclub.co.uk) Fast-rising star of bebop guitar bring his own quartet to The Cottage, featuring Michael Cillingworth (sax), Tom Farmer (bass) and James Maddren (drums).
Thursday, January 30 – UNIT 4: (Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, 8pm, £15/£12. Details: cambridgejazz.org) An intriguing gather of modern mainstream masters, all of whom are current or former members of the Stacey Kent band, featuring Colin Oxley (guitar), Graham Harvey (piano), Jeremy Brown (double bass) and Matt Skelton (drums). 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, January 31 – SUE RICHARDSON QUINTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) A Chet Baker-oriented set led by the appealing trumpeter/singer Sue Richardson plus special guest Karen Sharp (saxophone) and Neal Richardson (piano), George Trebar (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums).
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