Gigs to go to this week

Rymden Band on the Wall, Manchester tonight Wandering Monster Band on the Wall, Manchester tomorrow Tom Ollendorff feat. Tim Garland Vortex, London tomorrow Doghouse Big Band Maddermarket theatre, Norwich tomorrow Dave O'Higgins Quartet Pizza …

Published: 9 Oct 2023. Updated: 59 days.

Rymden Band on the Wall, Manchester tonight

Wandering Monster Band on the Wall, Manchester tomorrow

Tom Ollendorff feat. Tim Garland Vortex, London tomorrow

Doghouse Big Band Maddermarket theatre, Norwich tomorrow

Dave O'Higgins Quartet Pizza Express Jazz Club, London tomorrow

Bruno Heinen and James Kitchman Flute and Tankard, Cardiff tomorrow

Ivo Neame’s Dodeka Watermill Jazz, Dorking tomorrow

Andrew Cleyndert Quartet Stoke By Nayland Hotel, near Colchester Wednesday

Jazz at the Movies Band feat Chris Ingham and Joanna Eden Concorde, Eastleigh Wednesday

Andrew McCormack and Denys Baptiste Eastside, Birmingham Thursday

Matthew Halsall Turner Sims, Southampton Thursday

Gary Potter Swansea Jazz Club, Cu Mumbles, Swansea Thursday

Francesco Lo Castro Spice of Life, London Thursday

Matt Hopkins/David Newton Quartet Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday

Julian Siegel The White House, Oxford Thursday

Anthropology Band Crookes Social Club, Sheffield Friday

Laurence Cottle Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday

Phil McDermott & Darragh Hennessy Scott's, Belfast Friday

Henrik Jensen trio 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday

Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra St Brides Centre, Edinburgh Saturday

Victor Estevez Latin Sextet Seven Arts, Leeds Sunday afternoon

Nigel Price/Lorne Lofsky Quartet Chardstock Community Hall, Chardstock Sunday

Joy Rose 606, London Sunday

Ivo Neame plays in Dorking tomorrow night. Photo: press

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Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick, Make One Little Room An Everywhere ****

With guests singers Brigitte Beraha and Natacha Atlas (particularly evocative with its intimations of the ancient sounds of North Africa on 'Who We Are Now') this saxophone-piano duo album of Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick is a beautiful …

Published: 8 Oct 2023. Updated: 2 months.

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With guests singers Brigitte Beraha and Natacha Atlas (particularly evocative with its intimations of the ancient sounds of North Africa on 'Who We Are Now') this saxophone-piano duo album of Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick is a beautiful achievement and is certainly one of the best jazz albums of the UK we have heard this year. Stirring originals and a cover of Joni Mitchell classic 'Both Sides Now' captured in iridescent fashion by Beraha with lulling accompaniment from Alcyona plus a version of the Gershwins' 'They Can't Take That Away From Me' first recorded by Fred Astaire and Johnny Green & His Orchestra in 1937 and massively covered down the decades since are in the mix. Freestone, whose style lands pervasively in the spiritual jazz domain and whose best work includes the marvellous In the Chop House which included a trio instrumental version of 'Both Sides Now' perhaps a prologue companion listen to the new version that fans will know, was among the 12 Ivor Novello Awards winners last year at the Ivors Composer Awards. The UK saxist won in the Jazz Ensemble category for her work 'Birds Of Paradise' which was premiered at the 2021 London Jazz Festival and a version of which is also a feature on the absolutely essential Make One Little Room an Everywhere.