A selection of jazz gigs beyond London coming up:
Magpie trio Stoke by Nayland hotel, Leavenheath Tuesday 10 January
Scott Hamilton The Concorde, Eastleigh Wednesday 11 Jan
Derek Nash quartet The Cryer Arts Centre, Carshalton Wed 11 Jan
Dom Pipkin Forest Arts Centre, New Milton Thursday 12 Jan
Booth Bain quartet The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thurs 12 Jan
Fergus McCreadie trio Playhouse, Sheffield Friday 13 Jan
Gig of the week: One of the UK scene's hottest properties at the moment last year's Forest Floor was Mercury nominated and won the Scottish album of the year (SAY) award, a rare win for a jazz act. The McCreadie approach harnesses the bustle and tumult of Scottish traditional music and harbours a certain poeticism that was also evident in the earlier Cairn.
Drummer Stephen Henderson came into his own on the latest album's 'Landslide' and you get a sense of the power that is always possible when the trio break free while bassist David Bowden's solo on 'White Water' pushed and probed as an insistent foil to the gifted McCreadie.
Cathy Jordan, Paul Clarvis, Liam Noble RWCMD, Cardiff Fri 13 Jan
The Art Blakey Sextet Project Scott's Jazz Club, Belfast Fri 13 Jan
Aidan Pope octet Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space, Symphony Hall, Birmingham Fri 13 Jan
Luís Vicente, Olie Brice, Mark Sanders The Globe, Newcastle Sunday 15 Jan
Paul Clarvis, Cathy Jordan, Liam Noble play Cardiff on Friday as part of their Freight Train tour. Photo: press