Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the region this week (October 30-November 6).
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 – FREDDIE AND FRIENDS NEW ORLEANS JAZZ BAND (Whepstead Community Centre, 12pm-3pm, £7.50. Tickets: 01284 735848) Good time jazz on a Sunday afternoon.
LOZ SPEYER’S INNER SPACE
(Hatfield Hotel, Lowestoft, 8pm, £7/£6. Details: www.milestonesjazzclub.co.uk) Trumpeter/flugehorn play Speyer leads a unique piano-less aggregation which nods in the direction of Ornette Coleman and Steve Lacy, featuring Chris Biscoe (alto sax/clarinet), Rachel Musson (tenor/soprano sax), Olie Brice (double bass) and Gary Willcox (drums).
ANDY BOWIE QUARTET (Tram Shed, Cambridge, 8.30, free) Tenor saxophone-playing philosophy professor leads a quartet presenting a connoisseur’s choice from the modern jazz repertoire.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 – 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.
wednesDAY, november 4 – pete oxley & nic meier (Lakeside Country Club, Lyng, 8pm, £12. Details: www.lakeside-jazz.com) Featuring tracks from their excellent album Chasing Tales, Oxley and Meier play a variety of guitars in an array of virtuosic styles blending Oxley’s highly refined English pastoral sensibility with Meier’s fiery exoticism (see 6 Nov, below).
thursDAY, november 5 – 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, november 6 – pete oxley & nic meier (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £12. Details www.headhunterslive.org) Continuing the East Anglian leg of the tour, Pete Oxley returns to his former hometown with fellow guitarist Nic Meier for an evening of spellbinding, virtuosic guitar duets using a variety of instruments and textures to create powerfully evocative moods (see 4th Nov, above).
MACIEK PYSZ TRIO (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15 . Details: www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) An energetic, atmospheric blend of world music, jazz and fusion led by rising star of the acoustic guitar Maciek Pysz playing tracks from his acclaimed album A Journey, featuring Yuri Goloubev (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums).
FOR THE DIARY
friDAY, november 20 – REBOP: THE MUSIC OF HORACE SILVER (Hunter Club, Bury, doors 7.30pm, £12. Details: www.headhunterslive.org) Direct from their appearance at the London Jazz Festival, the popular repertory five-piece tackle the fingerpoppin’ canon of the late, great jazz pianist/composer.