Chris Ingham previews the best gigs around the eastern region this week (April 24-May 1).
Friday, April 24 – KYLE EASTWOOD: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £22. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) Now thoroughly established as a jazz and film composer and virtuoso bassist, Clint’s son Kyle leads and all-star UK band to showcase tracks from his excellent album Time Pieces. Featuring Andrew McCormack (piano), Quentin Collins (trumpet), Brandon Allen (sax) and Chris Higginbottom (drums).
Sunday, April 26 – Q3: The Fox, Bury, 7.15pm, free) A contemporary piano trio led by Chick Corea-trained pianist Martin Hallmark, specialising in virtuosic original material. Also featuring Tiago Coimbra (bass) and Steve Hynes (drums). MAMMAL HANDS: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free) The guest band at the Fludyers features Nick Smart (piano), Jordan Smart (saxophones) and Jesse Barrett (drums). Their influences include Steve Reich, Bonobo, Pharoah Sanders and the Cinematic Orchestra with flavours North Indian and African music. SNAKE DAVIS: (The Cock Inn, Clare, 8pm, £10. Details: www.jazz-nights.com) The great pop/jazz saxophonist/flautist returns to Clare with Roger Odell (drums), Bern Hodgkins (bass) and Simon Brown (piano). Also featuring an opening vocal set from Larraine Odell. 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, April 27 – JAZZ JAM: (The Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Norwich, 8.30pm, free. Details: jazzjam.org.uk) Established and friendly jam session led by bassist Brendan Youngs and guitarist Lee Vasey. All instrumentalists and singers welcome for sitting in.
Tuesday, April 28 – CHRISTINE TOBIN QUARTET: (The Cottage, Thorpe St Andrew, 8pm, £10/£5 U25s. Details: www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk) Setting aside her marvellous original compositions and interpretations of Leonard Cohen for this outing, one of the UK’s most affecting vocalists returns to the Great American Songbook in the company of her top-drawer band Phil Robson (guitar), Dave Whitford (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).
Wednesday, April 29 – AMY ROBERTS/RICHARD EXALL: (Lakeside Country Club, Lyng, 8pm, £12. Details: www.lakeside-jazz.com) An evening of traditional and mainstream sounds led by two members of Chris Barber’s current big band, Amy Roberts (clarinet, flute and saxes) and Richard Exall (clarinet and saxes), along with Simon Nelson (trumpet and cornet), Phil Brooke (guitar), John Young (double bass) and Tony Wilkins (drums).
Thursday, April 30 – 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 1 – ANT LAW QUINTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) Contemporary guitarist with a burgeoning reputation features tracks from his marvellous new album Zero Sum World with Michael Chillingworth (reeds), Sam Leak (piano), Tom Farmer (bass) and James Maddren (drums).