Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the eastearn region this week (May 20-27)
Friday, May 20
GABRIELLE DUCOMBLE QUARTET: (Hunter Club, 8pm, £15. Details: 07799 650009) Belgian chanteuse with an alluring blend of Parisian jazz, chanson and tango. With Nic Meier (guitar), Nick Kacal (bass) and Maurizio Minard (accordion).
ANTONIO FORCIONE: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £20. Details www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) The extraordinary Italian guitarist-as-one-man-band in a solo recital of passion, intensity and humour.
Saturday, May 21
CLAIRE MARTIN/RAY GELATO: (Theatre Royal, 7.30pm, £10-£21.50. Details: 01284 758000/www.buryfestival.co.uk ) One of the country’s leading jazz divas meets one of the UK’s best jazz entertainers in a feel-good swingfest, accompanied by the Dave Newton Trio.
Sunday, May 22
GEORGINA JACKSON QUARTET: (The Apex Lounge, Bury, 11.30am, £9.50. Details: www.buryfestival.co.uk) Sassy singer-trumpeter with Ronnie Scott’s Big Band brings her own quartet to Bury Festival for an afternoon of swinging standards, with Chris Ingham (piano), Dave Green (bass) and George Double (drums).
ASAF SIRKIS QUARTET: (The Alex, Felixstowe, 8pm, free. Details: www.jazzeast.co.uk) World-class ensemble support the exotic vocals of Sywia Bialas, with Frank Harrison (piano), Kevin Glasgow (bass) and Asaf Sirkis (drums).
ED JONES: (The Bell, Clare, 7.30pm, £10. Details: www.jazz-nights.com) Reliably exciting and rigorous tenor saxophonist joins the Roger Odell Trio, plus a 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, May 23
PETE LONG TRIO: (The Apex Lounge, 1pm, £8. Details: 01284 758000/www.buryfestival.co.uk ) Leader of the Echoes of Ellington Big Band and one of the UK’s top swing clarinettists, with Chris Ingham (piano) and Dave Green (bass).
COURTNEY PINE/ZOE RAHMAN: (The Apex, 8pm, £20. Details: 01284 758000/www.buryfestival.co.uk ) The mellower, intimate side of the saxophone titan, in the company of superb pianist Zoe Rahman.
JAZZ JAM :(The Fat Cat & Canary, Norwich, 8.30pm, free. Details: www.jazzjam.org.uk) Established and friendly jam session led by guitarist Lee Vasey.
Wednesday, May 25
HARRY GREENE TRIO: (The Apex Lounge, 1pm, £8. Details: 01284 758000/ www.buryfestival.co.uk ) A semi-finalist of the Young Jazz Musician of the Year two years running, local sax hero Harry is already an authoritative, melodic and engaging jazz saxophonist, with Chris Ingham (piano) and Rob Rickenberg (bass).
Thursday, May 26
SOLE BAY JAZZ BAND: (Sports Pavilion, Ditchingham, 8pm) Long established traditional group.
Friday, May 27
DIXIE STROLLERS: (The Apex Lounge, 1pm, £8. Details: 01284 758000/www.buryfestival.co.uk ) These young traditional jazz experts are Bury Festival favourites and return for the fourth year running for more of their feel-good Dixieland jazz.
JOHN LAW NEW CONGREGATION: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) Creativity and invention galore with highly accomplished pianist/composer Law and top players Sam Crockett (sax), James Agg (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums).