Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the eastern region this week (April 17-24)
Friday, April 17 – TRUDY KERR: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £10. Details: www.headhunterslive.org) Fabulous Aussie singer Kerr, along with husband Geoff Gascoyne (bass), Chris Ingham (piano) and George Double (drums), leads a ‘beat the band’ evening, in which the set is chosen by the audience. BRIAN CORBETT (Stoke by Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) Contemporary, hard-bop-flavoured jazz from trumpeter Corbett and Al Gurr (keyboards), Ben Markland (bass) and Neil Bullock (drums).
Sunday, April 19 – CLARK TRACEY: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free) Legendary bandleader, drummer, composer and long-time collaborator with his father Stan, Clark Tracey leads a trio featuring Zak Barrett (saxophone) and Rob Palmer (bass). 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 20 – 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 21 – MARK ANTHONY: (The Cottage, Thorpe St Andrew, 8pm, £10/£5 U25s. Details: www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk) East Anglian singer Anthony pays tribute to Nat ‘King’ Cole with the local team of Matt Keane (piano), Steve Mynott (guitar), Dave Pullin (bass) and Rob Masters (drums).
Wednesday, April 22 – MATT WATES SEXTET: (Lakeside Country Club, Lyng, 8pm, £12. Details: www.lakeside-jazz.com) Top-drawer, West Coast-style ensemble led by the irrepressible Wates on alto saxophone and featuring Steve Main (tenor sax), Martin Shaw (trumpet), Leon Greening (piano), Malcolm Creese (bass) and Matt Home (drums).
Thursday, April 23 – 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, 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).
FOR THE DIARY
Jazz at the BURY FESTIVAL (ickets: www.buryfestival.co.uk)
May 15 – OMAR PUENTE Cuban violinist fronts a 10-piece band.BENNY RIDES AGAIN: Swing clarinet star MARK CROOKS and vibraphone virtuoso ROGER BEAUJOLAIS pay tribute to Benny Goodman.
May 20 (lunchtime) – CELEBRATING HOAGY with Chris Ingham and Paul Higgs. CLARE TEAL’S MINI BIG BAND paying tribute to Ella, Peggy, Judy, et al.
May 21 – AURORA ORCHESTRA: JITTERBUG! Ellington, Gershwin and more
May 22 (Lunchtime) – DIXIE STROLLERS Top young New Orleans-style jazz group. SALUTE TO SATCHMO: East Anglia’s leading Dixieland band DIXIEMIX pay tribute to the jazz genius of Louis Armstrong