Jazz Matters – March 1

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Jazz round-up by Chris Ingham.

Friday, March 1 – WILL BUTTERWORTH TRIO: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Bookings: 01787 211865) Atmospheric, refreshingly restrained piano jazz with classical overtones led by rising star Butterworth with Henrik Jensen (bass) and Pete Ibbetson (drums).

Saturday, March 2 – ALEX TAYLOR: (Greene King Social Club, 7.30pm, £9adv/ £5 U18 /£12 door. Details: www.thedevilskitchencollective.co.uk) An acoustic singer-songwriter blending passionate performance with sensitive musicality in a brew of jazz, folk and electronica. Also featuring a set from Ellie Jamison.

Sunday, March 3 – GARETH LOCKRANE: (Hotel Hatfield, Lowestoft, 8.30, £7/£6. Details: www.milestonesjazzclub.co.uk) The UK’s outstanding jazz flute virtuoso with tracks from his superb new album The Strut, with Chris Ingham (piano), Ivars Galenieks (bass) and Russell Morgan (drums). JOSH KEMP: (Cherry Tree, Knowl Gree, Belchamp St Paul, 8pm, £8. Details: www.jazz-nights.com) With a fine new original album Tone Poetry, tenor saxophonist concentrates on standards tonight with Simon Brown (piano), Bern Hodgkins (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), plus a bonus introductory set by singer Larraine Odell. ANDY BOWIE: (Clarendon Arms, Cambridge, 8.30, free) Tenor saxophone-playing philosophy professor and the Pete Shepherd Trio present a connoisseur’s choice from the modern jazz repertoire.

Monday, March4 – JAZZ JAM: (The Cottage, Silver Road, Norwich, 8pm, free. Enquiries: brendan@jazzjam.org.uk) New venue for established and friendly jam session led by bassist Brendan Youngs.

Tuesday, March 5 – MARLENE VERPLANCK: (Oaklands Hotel, Norwich, 8.30, £10. Info: macjazznorwich@gmail.com) A genuine US jazz cabaret star makes her regular visit to Norwich, with a top-drawer trio comprising John Pearce (piano), Paul Morgan (bass) and Bobby Worth (drums).

Wednesday, March 6 – THE JAZZ JAM BAND: (Lakeside, Lyng, 8pm, £10. Bookings 01328 863511) The house band of the Norwich Jazz Jam (see Monday) get their own gig at Dereham Jazz Club to showcase their own considerable gifts. Featuring 83-year-old DJS founder Gerry Salisbury still going strong on cornet, along with Lee Vasey (guitar), Mark Jolly (violin), Ian Hireson (guitar), Paul ‘Buzz’ Clarke (trombone), Brendan Youngs (bass) and Matt Furness (drums).

Thursday, March 7 – 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, March 8 – CHICA CHICA_ (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Bookings: 01787 211865) A charming Latin trio who all sing and play, featuring Hilary Cameron (voice/piano), Tom Hannah (voice/guitar), Barbara Snow (voice/flugelhorn).

Let Chris know about your gigs: cjr.ingham@btinternet.com -- www.chrisingham.co.uk