Jazz Matters – May 3

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Chris Ingham’s weekly jazz round-up.

Friday, May 3 – TERRY SEABROOK QUINTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Bookings: 01787 211865) Leader of Cubana Bop and Milestones brings his own quintet to Fleece Jazz focussing on his original compositions; with Terry Seabrook (piano), Graeme Flowers (trumpet), Ian Price (sax), Steve Watts (bass) and Chris Nickolls (drums).

Saturday, May 4 – SARAH GILLESPIE: (Unitarian Meeting House, Bury, doors 7pm, £13 adv. Details: thedevilskitchencollective.com) A new venue for the Devil’s Kitchen Collective whose monthly presentations emphasise exotic down home food and diverse jazz, blues and folk music. Edgy Sarah Gillespie is joined by Gilad Atzmon (reeds, harmonium), Frank Harrison (piano) and Ben Bastin (bass, vocals).

Sunday, May 5 – ALEX HUTTON TRIO: (Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, 8pm, £10) Fine pianist pushing the boundaries of the conventional piano trio, with the stellar team of Yuri Goloubev (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums). DAVE CLIFF/PHIL BROOKE: (Hotel Hatfield, Lowestoft, 8.30pm, £7) Pairing of two world-class jazz guitarists, Cliff a first-call player on the national scene, Brooke a respected local hero. With Ivars Galenieks (bass) and Brian McAllister (drums). SEEING DOUBLE: (The Fox, Bury, 7.15pm, free) In the absence of the man for whom the band was named (drummer George Double - on tour with Jack Jones), the house trio for Jazz at Hunter Club offer an evening of swinging straight-ahead jazz, featuring Chris Ingham (piano), Mick Hutton (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums). ANDY BOWIE: (Tram Shed, Cambridge, 8.30, free) Tenor saxophone-playing philosophy professor and the Ryan McCaffrey Trio present a connoisseur’s choice from the modern jazz repertoire, resident at a new venue.

Monday, May 6 – JAZZ JAM: (The Cottage, Silver Road, Norwich, 8pm, free. Enquiries: brendan@jazzjam.org.uk) Established and friendly jam session led by bassist Brendan Youngs and guitarist Lee Vasey.

Tuesday, May 7 ­– JIM MULLEN ORGAN TRIO: (Epic TV Studio, Norwich, 8.30, £10. Info: norwichjazzclub.co.uk) Norwich Jazz Club’s monthly switch of venues for the unassailable Godfather of groove guitar and his superb group featuring Mike Gorman (organ) and Matt Skelton (drums).

Wednesday, May 8 – MOZAIC BIG BAND: (Lakeside, Lyng, 8pm, £12. Bookings 01328 863511) A Dordogne-based big band befriended by Dereham Jazz Society founder Gerry Salisbury when he resided in France. Their repertoire of big band classics (Louis Prima, Glenn Miller, Benny Carter, Count Basie) is peppered with Sammy Nestico and Lennie Niehaus arrangements and occasional funky flavours.

Thursday, May 9 – 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, May 10 – DORIAN FORD TRIO: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £12. Bookings: 01787 211865) Thoughtful pianist specialising in jazz trio arrangements of popular songs, with Tom Herbert (bass) and Pat Levett (drums).

Send Chris details of your gigs cjr.ingham@btinternet.com or visit his website www.chrisingham.co.uk