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Martin Sjöstedt and Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Horizon, Ubuntu ***1/2

What effortless sounding modern-mainstream big band from composer-arranger Martin Sjöstedt and the long running Stockholm Jazz Orchestra featuring Sjöstedt originals and arrangements of John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Abdullah Ibrahim and Charlie …

Published: 10 Feb 2024. Updated: 4 months.

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What effortless sounding modern-mainstream big band from composer-arranger Martin Sjöstedt and the long running Stockholm Jazz Orchestra featuring Sjöstedt originals and arrangements of John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Abdullah Ibrahim and Charlie Parker classics. Sjöstedt is on piano and stellar soloists include Fredrik Kronkvist and Johan Christoffersson (alto sax), Karl Olandersson, Nils Janson and Magnus Broo (trumpet), Karl-Martin Almqvist (tenor sax), Fredrik Lindborg (baritone sax) and Peter Dahlgren (trombone). Tracks we liked best were Sjöstedt's own piece 'Intervals' and the laidback version of Coltrane's 'Equinox'. But dip in just about anywhere for mainstreamer satisfaction reliably guaranteed.

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UK gig choice for 12-18 Feb

QOW Trio Victory Club Ballroom, Cheltenham Mon 12 Feb WAKO The Yard, Manchester Mon 12 Feb The Mingus Project Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tues 13 Feb Allison Neale Quartet Watermill, Dorking Tues 13 Feb Paul Hartley The Railway, Stockport Tues 13 Feb

Published: 10 Feb 2024. Updated: 4 months.

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QOW Trio Victory Club Ballroom, Cheltenham Mon 12 Feb

WAKO The Yard, Manchester Mon 12 Feb

The Mingus Project Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tues 13 Feb

Allison Neale Quartet Watermill, Dorking Tues 13 Feb

Paul Hartley The Railway, Stockport Tues 13 Feb

Jon Taylor Cask, Scarborough Wed 14 Feb

John Etheridge Blue Spirits Trio Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath Wed 14 Feb

Ian Shaw Crazy Coqs, London Wed 14 Feb

Polly Gibbons 606, London Wed 14 Feb

Josephine Davies The Wick Inn, Hove Wed 14 Feb

Pierre Flasse The Lescar, Sheffield Wed 14 Feb

Silje Nergaard and Espen Berg Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Thurs 15 Feb and Fri 16 Feb

WAKO The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thurs 15 Feb

Tony Kofi Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Thurs 15 Feb

Manu Delago Glad Cafe, Glasgow Thurs 15 Feb

Julian Costello Quartet Matt and Phred's, Manchester Thurs 15 Feb

Andy Lawrenson Rugby Club, Carlisle Thurs 15 Feb

Simon Spillett Quartet Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thurs 15 Feb

Simon Allen The Stoke, Guildford Fri 16 Feb

Georgia Cécile Ronnie Scott's, London Fri 16 Feb

Alan Barnes & Karen Sharp Quintet Key theatre, Peterborough Fri 16 Feb

Alcyona Mick and Tori Fresstone 1000 Trades, Birmingham Fri 16 Feb

Night Herons, Fleur Stevenson, Rebecca Poole & Vimala Rowe, Denny llett and others Wallingford Winter Blues and Jazz Weekender, Wallingford Fri 16 Feb-Sun 18 Feb

Henry Spencer The Vortex, London Fri 16 Feb

Emily Francis Trio Scott's, Belfast Fri 16 Feb

Sultan Stevenson Trio The Bear, Luton Sat 17 Feb

Rory Ingham Sextet The Hive, Shrewsbury Sat 17 Feb

Corto.Alto Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich Sat 17 Feb

Tony Compton Jazz Centre, Southend Sat 17 Feb in the afternoon

Silje Nergaard and Espen Berg Turner Sims, Southampton Sat 17 Feb

WAKO Seven, Leeds Sun 18 Feb lunchtime

Georgia Cécile, pictured, plays Ronnie Scott's on Friday 16 February