BIRMINGHAM is clearly the place to be on a regular basis for avant jazz. This band, brand new to me, catches my eye more to the point ear appearing next month. 17 Nov, MAC, Book

Well, if you are, and find yourself in dear old Stockholm during the last week of this year’s jazz festival there is only one place to be, one incredible UK jazz scene touring export in Yazz Ahmed to hear — in one of Europe’s most revered jazz clubs. http://www.fasching.se

You may know him for his work oh go way back to the heyday of Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop or playing with Abdullah Ibrahim, World Saxophone Quartet and Ornette Coleman and of course his own keenly collected records that have consistently put a dusted down stamp on vintage hard bop and beyond, the good news for Southport Winter Weekenders looking ahead to January is that saxophonist Tony Kofi is a headliner for 2019. Zoe Gilby, Champian Fulton, Scott Hamilton, Alan Barnes, Joe Stilgoe are also scheduled — the mainstream-jazz festival marks its 15th milestone this time around. Dates are 31 Jan-3 Feb 2019. Web for more: www.southportjazzfestival.com