Selections this week: Stan still can and a Stern look - vintage jazz-rocking is ahead

Jean Toussaint Quartet, The Yard, Manchester Mon 11 July Memorably back in the autumn marlbank caught the famed former Jazz Messengers player Jean Toussaint live. Toussaint was in Art Blakey's classic band when Terence Blanchard was also a member …

Published: 11 Jul 2022. Updated: 30 days.

Jean Toussaint Quartet, The Yard, Manchester Mon 11 July

Memorably back in the autumn marlbank caught the famed former Jazz Messengers player Jean Toussaint live. Toussaint was in Art Blakey's classic band when Terence Blanchard was also a member in the 1980s and long-since a leading educator and professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is a formidable mentor both as a teacher and a player. 'Meteor', Toussaint's piece based on the 'Solar' Miles Davis piece chord changes that the Messengers played in their repertoire, was a high point on that occasion at the Vortex on what was a terrific showing. For Manchester Jean has pianist Emile Hinton, the County Donegal bassist Connor Murray and drummer Ben Brown in his quartet.

Mike Stern Band, Jazz Cafe, London Tues 12th

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Stanley Clarke Band, Koko, London Wed 13th

GIG OF THE WEEK: Hugely influential from Return to Forever and George Duke days onwards and regularly in demand as a movie composer - a rare London show these days from jazz-rock fusion icon Stanley Clarke is a big Camden highlight this week

Dave Bowden European Quartet, The Blue Arrow, Glasgow Thurs 14th

Eternal Triangle, The Vortex, London Thurs 14th

John Scofield, Georgia Cécile, Marianne McGregor, Brian Kellock, Laura Jurd, Jim Mullen, Blue Lab Beats, Nubya Garcia, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra - Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, begins Friday 15th and runs until the 24th

Jimmy Smyth, Scott's Jazz Club, Belfast, Fri 15th

Alina HipHarp Quartet, The Verdict, Brighton, Fri 15th

Lauren Bush Quartet, Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham, Sat 16th

Nigel Price, Claude Deppa/Clare Hirst band, Somethin’ Else Big Band feat Gareth Lockrane Wood Street Jazz Festival, Guildford Sun 17th

Stanley Clarke top Photo: via Koko

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Olivia Murphy, 'Moonrise,' Lyte ***

Make time for a slice of persuasive, increasingly bluesy clarinet at the heart of this improvising trio. Olivia Murphy, timbrally and to a small extent aesthetically reminiscent of a Tony Coe-like approach, delivers a central instrumental line that …

Published: 11 Jul 2022. Updated: 30 days.

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Make time for a slice of persuasive, increasingly bluesy clarinet at the heart of this improvising trio. Olivia Murphy, timbrally and to a small extent aesthetically reminiscent of a Tony Coe-like approach, delivers a central instrumental line that is set against Becca Wilkins' commanding wordless vocal that dips in - when Wilkins starts singing to the clarinet line - and out of being vocalese. A little piano from Wilkins' Gestalt bandmate Olly Chalk nudges in empathetically to alter the voicing in the chamber-jazz redolent lines. 'Moonrise' is Murphy's composition and is the title track of the EP of the same name out later this month. Related: Gestalt

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