Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the region this week (May 19-26)
Friday, May 19
THE WESTBROOK BLAKE: (St John’s Church, 8pm, £18-£21. Details: www.buryfestival.co.uk) Celebrated pianist/composer Mike Westbrook with his 1971 interpretation of William Blake’s poetry for choir and jazz combo.
PARTISANS: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £16. Details: www.fleecejazz.org.uk) Twenty years on from their debut, this melange of mischievous stylistic mash-up and virtuosic synergy is still fabulous, with Phil Robson (guitar), Julian Seigal (sax), Thaddeus Kelly (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums).
Saturday, May 20
CLARE TEAL: (Apex, 7.30pm, £24. Details: www.theapex.co.uk) Britain’s foremost swing singer salutes her favourite jazz divas in the company of her Mini Big Band.
Sunday, May 21
ANDREW BOWIE: (Tram Shed, Cambridge, 8pm, free) Modern jazz classics and obscurities from the tenor-playing philosophy professor and his quartet.
Monday, May 22
ART THEMEN TRIO: (Apex Lounge, 1pm, £9. Details: www.theapex.co.uk) The saxophone legend returns to Bury for a lunchtime session with Chris Ingham (piano) and Arnie Somogyi (bass).
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 24
SARAH MOULE/SIMON WALLACE: SONGS FOR SCARLET WOMEN: (Apex Lounge, 1pm, £9. Details: www.theapex.co.uk) Enchanting singer and pianist with a set of songs celebrating the Femme Fatale in all her feisty glory.
Thursday, May 25
SOLE BAY JAZZ BAND: (Sports Pavilion, Ditchingham, 8pm) Long established traditional group usually featuring Tim Densham (saxophone/clarinet), Ron Hockett (saxophone/clarinet), Bill Brewer (trombone), Ray Simmons (piano), Tony Jullings (bass), Craig Hipperson (drums) and Alan Cugnoni (guitar).
Friday, May 26
DEREK NASH’S PICANTE: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £15. Details: www.headhunterslive .org) Explosive Latin Jazz Night with the irrepressible saxophone star of Jools Holland’s R&B Orchestra leading the six-piece Picante, featuring the legendary King Salsa percussionist Robin Jones.
JONATHAN GEE TRIO: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: www.fleecejazz.org.uk) One of the UK’s most reliably inventive and swinging pianists, with Ben Hazelton (bass) and Rod Youngs (drums).
FOR THE DIARY
Saturday, May 27
JOANNA EDEN – EMBRACEABLE ELLA: (Southwold Arts Centre, 8pm, £14. Details: www.georgedouble.com) Acclaimed chanteuse and her salute to the the First Lady of Song.
Thursday, June 8
LANDERMASON: (St Lawrence Church, Little Waldingfield, 7.30pm, £10. Details: 01787 882897) Northumbrian based song-writing duo Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, saxophones, clarinet, recorder) and Paul Mason (guitar, vocals) have developed a unique sound combining traditional and contemporary folk with jazz.
Saturday, June 10
TIFFANY GORE & MYKE CLIFFORD TRIO: ROMANCING THE SUN: (St John’s Church, Bury St Edmunds, door 7pm, music 7.45, £10 adv/£12 door. Details: www.theatreroyal.org) An evening of summer jazz led by vocalist Tiffany Gore supported by the melodic and soulful saxophonist Myke Clifford with Ben Pringle (piano) and Louis Thorne (bass).