Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the eastern region this week (June 5-12).
Friday, June 5 – JAZZ AT THE MOVIES: (St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 7.45pm, £10. www.stpetersbythewater front.com). Swinging sounds from the silver screen with Joanna Eden (voice), Alan Barnes (sax/clarinet), Chris Ingham (piano), Andrew Brown (bass) and George Double (drums). WILL BUTTERWORTH (Stoke-by-Nayland Country Club, 8pm,
£15. www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece/) Refined, classically-trained young pianist who “treads artfully between drama and intimacy and romantic sentiment and dry inquisition” (Jazz Review), with Seb Pipe (alto sax), Nick Pini (bass) and Chris Nicholls (drums).
Sunday, June 7 – JACQUIE HICKS: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free. www.jazzeast.vpweb.co.uk) Superbly soulful and swinging singer examines jazz a pop classics in inimitable style, featuring the Rob Palmer Trio. ALAN BARNES (The Cock Inn, Clare, 8pm, £10. www.jazz-nights.com) The irrepressibly droll master of all the reed instruments leads the house trio in an evening of impeccable mainstream jazz, with Simon Brown (piano), Bern Hodgkins (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), plus an opening set from singer Larraine Odell. 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, June 8 – JAZZ JAM: (The Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Norwich, 8.30pm, free. 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, June 9 – CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET : (The Cottage, Thorpe St Andrew, 8pm, £10/£5 U25s. www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk) Singer/pianist brings his Celebrating Hoagy show to Norwich Jazz Club with Paul Higgs (trumpet), Rev. Andrew Brown (bass) and George Double (drums).
Thursday, June 11: HARMONY IN HARLEM BIG BAND Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 8pm, £15/£12) Cambridge Modern Jazz Club presents the local 7-piece big band led by Michael Kilpatrick that specialises in Duke Ellington music. tonight’s concert features a complete performance of Duke’s 1957 Shakespeare suite Such Sweet Thunder. 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, June 12 – JOHN EAST PROJECT: (Stoke-by-Nayland Country Club, 8pm, £15. www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) Grooving melodic jazz led by organist/vocalist John East and featuring Ronnie Scott’s regulars Mark Fletcher (drums) Steve Pearce (bass) Carl Orr (guitar) Scott Baylis (trumpet) and Dave Lewis (tenor sax).
Friday, June 19 – SARA MITRA: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £10. www.headhunterslive.org) Highly individual and charming vocalist with a winning interpretive style and sparkling originals.