Chris Ingham previews the best jazz gigs around the region this week (March 10-17).
Friday, March 10
SAM CROCKATT QUARTET: (Stoke By Nayland Golf Club, 8pm, £15. Details: www.fleecejazz.org.uk) Winner of the Parliamentary Jazz Award for Best Album, Crockatt has a growing reputation as a composer and tenorist of hearty, elegant character and distinction. With an estimable supporting cast of Ivo Neame (piano), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Jon Scott (drums).
Sunday, March 12
ROBERT FOWLER: (The Bell, Clare, 7.30pm, £10. Details: www.jazz-nights.com) A mainstream swinger in the tradition of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, former Pasadena Roof Orchestra tenor saxophonist is gaining a strong reputation on the jazz scene. With the Roger Odell Trio plus an opening set from singer Larraine Odell and a sitters-in opportunity.
CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET: (The Alex, Felixstowe, 8pm, free. Details: www.jazzeast.vweb.co.uk) The 1960s jazz of Dudley Moore with Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Rob Palmer (bass) and George Double (drums).
ANDREW BOWIE: (Tram Shed, Cambridge, 8pm, free) Modern jazz classics and obscurities from the tenor-playing philosophy professor and his quartet.
Monday, March 13
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. All instrumentalists and singers welcome for sitting in.
Tuesday, March 14
JAZZ WORRIERS: (Maddermarket Theatre Bar, 8pm, £12/£6. Details: www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk) Roaring, swinging Manchester-based hard-boppers Neil Yates (trumpet) and Dean Masser (tenor sax) return to Masser’s old stomping ground to join Simon Brown (piano), Ivars Galenieks (bass) and Josh Law (drums). This monthly event from the revitalised Norwich Jazz Club has started selling-out, so pre-booking is advised.
Thursday, March 16
TIM GARLAND: (Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, 8pm, £18/£15. Details: www.cambridgejazz.org) Fantastic multi-reedsman and composer on a rare UK tour with an all-star group of Jason Rebello (piano), Ant Law (guitar) and Asaf Sirkis (drums).
TINA MAY QUARTET: (Park Hotel, Diss, 8pm, £12. Details: www.thecornhall.com) The ever musical and engaging world-class singer Tina May visits Diss Jazz Club, with Chris Ingham (piano), Owen Morgan (bass) and George Double (drums).
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).
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Sunday, March 19
JESSICA RADCLIFFE: (The Atheneaum, Bury, 11.30am, £10 adv/£12 door/£19.50 inc brunch buffet. Details: www.theapex.co.uk) The popular Sunday Songbook brunchtime series continues with Jessica Radcliffe singing the bluesy standards of Harold Arlen (Come Rain Or Shine, Paper Moon, One For My Baby, Stormy Weather, That Old Black Magic, Over The Rainbow, etc).
Friday, March 24
JACQUI HICKS & JULIAN MARC STRINGLE: (Hunter Club, Bury, 8pm, £12. Details: www.headhunterslive.org) Exciting pairing of classy, soulful singer and clarinet virtuoso.