Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the region this week (May23-30).
Friday, May 23 – GILAD ATZMON: SPIRIT OF COLTRANE: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) Expect an incendiary tribute to the jazz legend John Coltrane as Gilad sticks to tenor and soprano saxophones in the company of Frank Harrison (piano), Tim Thornton (bass) and Ernesto Simpson (drums).
Sunday, May 25 – GEORGIA MANCIO/MARK CROOKS SEXTET: (Hunter Club, 8pm, £15. Details: headhunterslive.org) An elegant evening of Brazilian song and samba with award-winning vocalist Mancio and smooth saxophonist Crooks evoking the Getz/Gilberto era, with Andy Watson (guitar), Chris Ingham (piano), the Rev Andrew Brown (bass) and George Double (drums). HARRY GREENE: (The Cock Inn, Clare, 8pm, £10) After countless sitting-in sessions, the prodigious teenage tenor player leads his own evening. Expect funky grooves and precocious invention, with Simon Brown (piano), Bern Hodgkins (bass) and Roger Odell (drums), plus an opening set from singer Larraine Odell. HAMBONE: (The Fox, Bury, 7.15pm, free) A grooving, Jimmy Smith-style organ trio, with Nigel Portass (keyboard), Myke Clifford (sax/flute) and guest drummer. JASON REBELLO: (Fludyer Arms, Felixstowe, 7.30pm, free. Details: jazzeast.vweb.co.uk) A genuine coup for Jazz at the Fludyers as jazz superstar Rebello makes a very rare club appearance to dazzle with his keyboard skills and tales of life on the road with the likes of Sting and Jeff Beck, with Fludyers regulars Rob Palmer (bass) and Russell Morgan (drums). 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, May 26 – 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, May 27 – PHIL BROOKE: (The Cottage, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, doors 7pm, music 8.30pm, £10. Details: norwichjazzclub.co.uk) The cultured Norwich-based guitarist known locally as The Master leads an evening of standards and jazz classics with Simon Brown (piano), Ivars Galenieks (bass) and Brian McAllister (drums).
Wednesday, May 28 – TIM KLIPHUIS: (Lakeside, Lyng, 8pm, £10. Details: lakeside-jazz.com) Hot Club-style fiddle from Holland-born Kliphuis, one of Europe’s leading jazz violinists. With Phil Brooke (guitar), Simon Brown (piano) and Ivars Galenieks (bass).
Thursday, May 29 – 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, May 30 – JOHN LLOYD QUINTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) Well-regarded contemporary outfit specialising in reedsman Lloyd’s pastoral originals, with John Law (piano), Rob Palmer (guitar), Tom Farmer (bass) and Jon Scott (drums).