Chris Ingham with the pick of this week’s jazz gigs in the east.
Friday, February 12
ZOE FRANCIS/JIM MULLEN: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) The intriguing and persuasive partnership of cool-toned singer with hot blues-drenched guitarist Mullen, plus jazz legends Mick Hutton (bass) and Stan Sultzman (saxes).
Sunday, February 14
GILAD ATZMON: (The Bell, Clare, 7.30pm, £10. Details: www.jazz-nights.com) One of the great provocative personalities on the jazz scene, Atzmon is also an incendiary, exotic alto saxophonist with his musical roots in Charlie Parker. 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, 8pm, free) Tenor saxophone-playing philosophy professor leads a quartet presenting a connoisseur’s choice from the modern jazz repertoire.
Monday, February 15
OPEN MIC/JAZZ JAM: (Maddermarket Bar, Norwich, 8pm, £5/free to participants. Details: www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk) All-comers event hosted by pianist Simon Brown and featuring Ivars Galenieks (bass) and Brian McAllister (drums).
JAZZ JAM: (The Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Norwich, 8.30pm, free. Details: jazzjam.org.uk) Established and friendly jam session led by guitarist Lee Vasey. All instrumentalists and singers welcome for sitting in.
Thursday, February 18
SOLE BAY JAZZ BAND: (Sports Pavilion, Ditchingham, 8pm) Traditional group usually featuring Tim Densham (saxophone/clarinet), Derek Cubitt (saxophone/clarinet), Bill Brewer (trombone), Ray Simmons (piano), Tony Jullings (bass), Craig Hipperson (drums) and Alan Cugnoni (guitar).
Friday, February 19
MIKE PAXTON QUINTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £18. Details: www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) Driving hard-bop five-piece led by experienced drummer Paxton and featuring a world-class line-up of Martin Shaw (trumpet), Mornington Lockett (tenor sax), Robin Aspland (piano) and Alec Dankworth (bass).
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Sunday, February 21
BRIGITTE BERAHA: (The Apex Lounge, 1.30am, £9.50. Details: www.theapex.co.uk) One of the most versatile and exciting vocalists to emerge in the UK in the last decade, Brigitte has performed with many jazz luminaries including Kenny Wheeler and Bobby Wellins, and is as dazzling in a cutting-edge contemporary setting as with straight-ahead jazz standards.
Friday, February 26
NIGEL PRICE: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £12. Details: www.headhunterslive.org) Formerly of the James Taylor Quartet, Price is the world-class shining star of groove guitar recalling the masters Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Pat Martino and early George Benson with an expertly blended brand of hard-bop and soul-jazz.