Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the region this week (November 21-28).
Friday, November 21 – JIM MULLEN: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £10. Details: headhunterslive.org) Co-founder of legendary jazz-funksters Morrisey Mullen, Jim has evolved over the years into one of the UK’s most exciting jazz guitarists. With Chris Ingham (piano), Mick Hutton (bass) and George Double (drums). BOB KERR’S WHOOPEE BAND: (Dereham Memorial Hall, 7.30pm, £15. Call 01362 696741 for tickets.) A fund-raiser for Dereham Jazz Club featuring the Spike Jones-inspired musical lunacy of a comedy jazz group who have been going strong since 1967. KATYA GORRIE: THE MOSCOW DRUG CLUB: (Stoke By Nayland Country Club, 8pm, £16. Details: www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) A fascinating and darkly exotic melange of Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, New Orleans Funeral Parade, and Gypsy Campfire music from Katya Gorrie (vocals), Denny Ilett (guitar), Andy Crowdy (bass), Mirek Salmon (accordion) and Jonny Bruce (trumpet).
Sunday, November 23 – ROB JAMES TRIO: (The Fox, Bury, 7.15pm, free) Silky smooth singer guitarist specialising in jazz classics and the Great American Songbook. JAZZ AT THE MOVIES: (Haverhill Arts Centre, 7.30pm, £12.50/£10. Details: haverhillartscentre.co.uk) Silver screen gems in an entertaining evening rich with anecdote, sophistication and swing. Featuring acclaimed singer Joanna Eden with multi-reed superstar Alan Barnes plus Chris Ingham (piano/MC), Dave Olney (bass) and George Double (drums). SNOWBOY: (The Cock Inn, Clare, 8pm, £10) Leading percussionist joins the house trio of Simon Brown (piano), Bern Hodgkins (bass) and Roger Odell (drums) for an evening Afro-Cuban sounds. Also featuring an opening set by singer Larraine Odell. 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, November 24 – 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, November 25 – TOMMASO STARACE: (The Cottage, Thorpe St Andrew, 8.30pm, £10/U25s £5. Details: www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk) This Italian-born alto saxophonist is growing in stature and authority and his band featuring Frank Harrison (piano), Nick Breakspears (bass) and Tommy Bradascio (drums) is his best yet. Tonight, he pays tribute to his inspiration, Cannonball Adderley.
Wednesday, November 26 – JAMES GOODWIN: (Lakeside, Lyng, 8pm, £10. Details: www.lakeside-jazz.com) A solo piano recital and talk from the powerhouse practitioner of ragtime, old-style blues, early jazz and boogie woogie.
Thursday, November 27 – 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 28 –JIM MULLEN ORGAN TRIO: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: fleecejazz.org.uk) Featuring tracks from his superb new album Get My Drift, star guitarist Mullen, along with his top-flight compatriots Mike Gorman (organ) and Matt Skelton (drums), examines material by Donald Fagen, Chick Corea and Georgie Fame among others.