Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the eastern region this week (April 1-8)
Friday, April 1
PETE CHURCHILL/MISHKA ADAMS: (Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) Co-founders of the acclaimed choir London Vocal Project Pete Churchill (piano/voice) and Mishka Adams (voice) in a duo featuring original songs in the singer/songwriter tradition.
Sunday, April 3
PARTIKEL (Hatfield Hotel, Lowestoft, 8.30pm, £7. Details: www.milestonesjazzclub.co.uk) One of the most celebrated and exciting contemporary bands on the UK jazz scene with tracks from their acclaimed CD String Theory. Threatening to steal the gig (as he did the album) is the guest violinist Benet McLean who joins the wonderful core trio of Duncan Eagles (tenor sax), Max Luthert (double bass) and Eric Ford (drums).
DEIRDRE CARTWRIGHT’S PLAY GROUP (Colchester Arts Centre, 7.30pm, £12. Details: www.colchesterartscentre.com) Funky, accessible jazz in the Pat Metheny, Mike Stern and Horace Silver mould with guitarist Cartwright plus Louise Elliott (sax/flute), Alison Rayner (electric bass) and Simon Pearson (drums).
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, April 4
JAZZ JAM (The Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Norwich, 8.30pm, free. Details: www.jazzjam.org.uk)
Established and friendly jam session led by guitarist Lee Vasey. All instrumentalists and
singers welcome for sitting in.
Thursday, April 7
SOLE BAY JAZZ BAND (Sports Pavilion, Ditchingham, 8pm) Long established 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, April 8
THE MUSIC OF DUDLEY MOORE (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £12. Details: www.headhunterslive.org) The dazzling 1960s jazz and movie soundtracks of the beloved comic actor, lovingly rearranged for jazz quintet, featuring Paul Higgs (trumpet), Harry Greene (saxes), Chris Ingham (piano), Rev. Andrew Brown (bass) and George Double (drums).
MATT RIDLEY QUARTET (Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: www.dovbear.co.uk/fleece) Virtuoso bassist Ridley leads his dynamic quartet of A-list musicians on a stimulating set of original material showcasing his increasingly distinctive compositional style. With an all-star band comprising Jason Yarde (sax), John Turville (piano) and George Hart (drums).
FOR THE DIARY
Sunday, April 17: KEVIN FITZSIMMONS (The Apex Lounge, 11.30am, £9.50. Details: www.theapex.co.uk) Smooth and cool, Fitzsimmons is one the best of the new generation of swing singers.
Friday, April 22: EMBRACEABLE ELLA with JOANNA EDEN (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £12.
Details. www.headhunterslive.org) A salute to the First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald with
acclaimed singer Joanna Eden.