Irene Serra, Helena Kay and Errol Linton in the jazz mix at the Brink

Following on from our theme earlier today about venues to know about that you may not so much, Hackney venue the Brink at Off Broadway, not far from where the now shuttered Kansas Smitty's used to operate from along Broadway Market, London E8, has …

Published: 6 Oct 2021. Updated: 21 days.

Following on from our theme earlier today about venues to know about that you may not so much, Hackney venue the Brink at Off Broadway, not far from where the now shuttered Kansas Smitty's used to operate from along Broadway Market, London E8, has accomplished bossa nova-inspired singer Irene Serra on Saturday night coming up. Irene, last heard by marlbank playing at Ronnie Scott's in a duo last year with Luca Boscagin, has another fine guitarist in Jo Caleb, Amy Baldwin on double bass and the great Winston Clifford on drums in her band. Also for the Brink excellent saxophonist Helena Kay whose potential as a major UK jazz star grows all the time, and a fixture on the happening Monday night Kentish Town scene at the Oxford, appears on 21 October, while popular harmonica ace Errol Linton plays the blues at the Brink on 6 November among a well-curated line-up. Full details of all gigs. Irene Serra, top. Press shot

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Tom Farmer, Chris Biscoe, Buckley and Siegel: East Side club highlights

We've all heard about the big-name clubs Ronnie Scott's, the Vortex, 6, et al on any self-respecting jazz fans' regular visiting roster wishing to be on top of the latest and greatest. The most epic jazz as we all surely know happens anywhere and …

Published: 6 Oct 2021. Updated: 21 days.

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We've all heard about the big-name clubs Ronnie Scott's, the Vortex, 6, et al on any self-respecting jazz fans' regular visiting roster wishing to be on top of the latest and greatest. The most epic jazz as we all surely know happens anywhere and everywhere if you get lucky. And what about the valiant Cinderellas still on the bucket list, amigo, amiga, when you get your skates on next before the inevitable final croak disturbs the unsuspecting curtain twitcher stalwarts of the neighbourhood watch? East Side, in Leytonstone, has a strong line-up coming up this autumn for instance. Empirical bassist Tom Farmer (photo: empiricalmusic.com), reedist Chris Biscoe and the sensational sax summitry that is Buckley and Siegel in quartet formation and featuring the great drummer Gene Calderazzo are among club highlights soon.

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The club is located in London E11, a neighbourhood not far from where the great Kenny Wheeler lived for very many years. East Side attenshun is in an ex-serviceman's club tucked in behind the Red Lion and handy come falling out time for, hopefully not literally down, the tube. Check the graphic above for what's on at a glance. Book