Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the eastern region this week (January 16-23)
Friday, January 16 – GEORGINA JACKSON: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £10. Details: www.headhunterslive.org) Acclaimed singer/trumpeter, often heard on BBC Radio 2 and with the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, with a style reminiscent of Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday. The Sunday Times suggested that “if you cannot get tickets to see Diana Krall then Georgina Jackson makes a winning substitute”. With Chris Ingham (piano), the Rev Andrew Brown (bass) and George Double (drums). OH LA LA: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) French chanson, classic jazz and European pop from this well-travelled quartet, featuring Fifi La Mer (vocals/accordion), Kit Massey (violin), Colin Oxley (guitar) and Julian Bury (bass).
Sunday, January 18 – SPIRIT OF DJANGO: (The Fox, Bury, 7.15pm, free) Gypsy Jazz trio featuring Louis Thorne and Ben Pringle (guitars) and Paul Reynolds (bass) playing Django Reinhardt tunes and some original material. SIMON HURLEY QUARTET: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.45pm, free) Groovy young Colchester-based guitarist leads his own quartet through a set of Blue Note-style jazz, featuring Dan Banks (piano), Andy Staples (bass) and Alex Best (drums). CHRIS ALLARD: (The Cock Inn, Clare, 8pm, £10. Details: www.jazz-nights.com) Having previously worked with Cleo Laine and Tim Garland, Chris Allard is one of the most highly-regarded young guitarists on the scene. With Simon Brown (piano), Bern Hodgkins (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), plus a set from singer 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, January 19 – 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, January 20 – JIM MULLEN ORGAN TRIO: (The Cottage, Thorpe St Andrew, 8.30pm, £10. Details: www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk) Hard-swinging stuff from the indomitable guitarist Mullen and his top-flight cohorts Mike Gorman (organ) and Matt Skelton (drums). Expect tracks from his excellent new CD of hand-picked standards, Catch My Drift.
Thursay, January 22 – 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 23 – DON WELLER QUARTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details:
fleecejazz.org.uk) Recently recovered from bypass heart surgery, the British tenor saxophone legend is playing as inventively and hypnotically as ever, with Chris Ingham (piano), Mick Hutton (bass) and George Double (drums).
For the diary: Wednesday, January 30 – Jan ROBBIE GLADWELL SOUL BAND (LP, Bury, 7.30pm, £7. Details: 01284 719617) 10-piece band featuring guitarist Gladwell and saxophonist Harry Greene doing material by Tower of Power, James Brown, Otis Redding et al.