Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the eastern region this week (November 13-20).
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 – GEOFF MASON SEXTET (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) Trombonist Mason leads an all-star six-piece in tribute to the fiery hard bop of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, with Steve Fishwick (trumpet), Simon Spillett (saxophone), John Horler (piano), Tim Wells (bass) and Trevor Tompkins (drums).
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – DAVE NEWTON TRIO (California Club, Ipswich, 8pm, £13. Details: www.ipswichjazzclub.co.uk) The finest straight-ahead jazz pianist in the country leads a trio playing songs from the album Big Screen, featuring Tom Farmer (bass) and Steve Brown (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 16 – 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 18 – REBOP: THE MUSIC OF HORACE SILVER (Lakeside Country Club, Lyng, 8pm, £12. Details: www.lakeside-jazz.com) 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.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 – 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 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, featuring Paul Higgs (trumpet), Colin Watling (tenor sax), Chris Ingham (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and George Double (drums).
TINA MAY QUARTET (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £18 . Details: www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) Dynamic, glamorous and deeply resourceful vocalist, as affecting on an Edith Piaf ballad as high-wire scat, with her main team of Nikki Iles (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums).
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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 – ZOE FRANCIS/JIM MULLEN (The Apex, 11.30am-1.30pm, £9.50. Details: www.theapex.co.uk) The Apex’s brunchtime Songbook Sunday sessions continue with the cool allure of singer Zoe Francis and the warm, bluesy guitar of Jim Mullen.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 – JOANNA EDEN/LEIGH McDONALD (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £12. Details: www.headhunterslive.org) Naughty-but-nice cabaret songs themed as The Unbearable Pleasure of Being a Woman.