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Tim Garland, Clare Teal and Alex Wilson to head to Lincoln Cathedral for this month's Dennis Rollins directed festival

“A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture. Nearly everything that encloses space on a scale sufficient for a human being to move in is a building; the term architecture applies only to buildings designed with a …

Published: 5 Jul 2023. Updated: 11 months.

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“A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture. Nearly everything that encloses space on a scale sufficient for a human being to move in is a building; the term architecture applies only to buildings designed with a view to aesthetic appeal.”

— Nikolaus Pevsner

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Jazz aesthetic appeal also reigns large at his month's jazz festival in Lincoln. And having an 11th century gothic cathedral as the backdrop for this month's weekender in under 10 days' time certainly ups the appeal for architecture lovers and such a strong line-up of heavyweights this summer comprised of a range of UK jazz greats rings the jazz bell beyond the esoterica nicheness of campanology, clerically themed trainspottery or normal, typically desultory, sightseeing appeal. Artistically directed by trombonist Dennis Rollins MBE (above) Lincoln Jazz Festival features established draws such as Clare Teal, Rollins, known for his work with Courtney Pine and Maceo Parker, Martin Taylor, Tim Garland, no stranger to playing cathedrals including Lincoln with Malcolm Creese and Gwilym Simcock in the much loved trio Acoustic Triangle, the Fergus McCreadie trio winner of last year's Scottish Album of the Year award, Bryan Corbett, Paul Booth, Jason Rebello and Alex Wilson among the line-up.

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TONIGHT: Ethan Iverson Vortex London tonight Andrew Baker Quartet Flute and Tankard Cardiff tonight Jeremy Sassoon trio Matt and Phred's Manchester tonight Too Many Zooz Blues Kitchen Manchester tonight We liked Pecking Order from the tail end of …

Published: 5 Jul 2023. Updated: 11 months.

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TONIGHT:

Ethan Iverson Vortex London tonight

Andrew Baker Quartet Flute and Tankard Cardiff tonight

Jeremy Sassoon trio Matt and Phred's Manchester tonight

Too Many Zooz Blues Kitchen Manchester tonight

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We liked Pecking Order from the tail end of last year. Seriously catchy brass house mayhem driven by the baritone saxophone of Leo Pellegrino whose pumped up bari on steroids sound decorates some of the soundtrack of the new Damien Chazelle movie Babylon whose soundtrack is by Justin Hurwitz, on the track 'Call Me Manny.'

Erstwhile busker sensations Too Many Zooz with Pellegrino are trumpeter Matt Muirhead and drummer David Parks on 'Cane Dangler' is in a groove like something you'd hear on a Beyoncé banger - take that drift if you journey past the riff into the synth undertow and beat reminscent of the style of 'Crazy in Love' a tad. 'Command No Go' again completely centred around a chunky riff here with boisterous synthed up harmonies screaming behind and highly compressed production sound adds something and is the other pick of the EP. The energy is no-nonsense but extraordinary in terms of impact. And you get that sensation on 'Call Me Manny' to boot and continue this party of all parties vibe.

J2oh The Lescar Sheffield tonight

TOMORROW:

Ian Shaw Hugh and Marion's, Eltham Thursday 6 July

Joshua Cavanagh-Brierley Group Matt and Phred's Manchester Thurs 6 July

Will Bartlett-Josephine Davies Quartet The White House Oxford Thurs 6 July

Dom Pipkin The Bear Luton Thurs 6 July

Monty Alexander Ronnie Scott's London Thurs 6 July and Friday 7 July

Pigfoot South Hill Park Recital Room Bracknell Friday 7 July

DEDICATED JAZZ FESTIVALS IN BIRMINGHAM, SWANAGE AND BUXTON THIS WEEKEND:

Fred Wesley, Ezra Collective, Kokoroko, Mica Miller and many more - Mostly Jazz, Moseley Park Birmingham Fri 7 July-Sunday 9 July

Tony Kofi, JTQ, Alan Barnes, Rebecca Nash, Norma Winstone, Arun Ghosh, Nigel Price, Perfect Houseplants, Claire Martin, Alina Bzhezhinska, Dave Higgins and Rob Luft, Get the Blessing, Zara McFarlane plus many more - Swanage Jazz Festival, Dorset. Begins on Friday 7 continuing until Sun 9 July

Art Themen Quartet The Verdict Brighton Fri 7 July

Zoe Rahman Cooper Hall Frome Fri 7 July

Nimbus Sextet Scott (Flanigan)'s Jazz Club Belfast Fri 7 July

Trish Clowes, Shez Raja and more Buxton Opera House Saturday 8 July

Ben McLean Quintet The Bear Luton Sat 8 July

Mario Bakuna and Uccio Gaeta The Bedouin, Henley-on-Thames Sat 8 July

Artemis Band on the Wall Manchester Sat 8 July

Robin Porter and Rob Brockway Garden Stage, Henley-on-Thames Sat 8 July

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Barbican London Sunday 9 July gig of the week

The Jungle released recently is the latest symphonic work from Wynton Marsalis, a New York themed concept album does not grab us half as much as erstwhile Wynton UK protégé Soweto Kinch's White Juju with the London Symphony Orchestra issued last year. But that itself had more in common with the satire of Wynton's best record in years, 2020's The Ever Fonky Lowdown. By contrast Marsalis' 4th symphony The Jungle is a stately affair and features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Wynton in their midst, alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Buc recorded live in Melbourne's Hamer Hall in 2019. Highlights include the Gershwin-esque 'Lost in Sight' third movement.

Rickie Lee Jones National Concert Hall Dublin Sun 9 July

Pieces of Treasure in April prompted thoughts of another commercial hitmaker doing a standards album syndrome. While you might shudder at the thought of yet another Rod Stewart-like romp through the much put upon Great American Songbook that's not the case here. This far more intimate affair from the 'Chuck E's in Love' hitmaker's latest is produced by Russ Titelman famed for his work with Randy Newman and Stevie Winwood who goes way back with Jones to the end of the 1970s and the singer's self titled debut and also includes Kurt Weill, Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer songs. It was recorded at New York's Sear Sound studio. ''Leftover dreams'' song 'Here's That Rainy Day' is best of all, a superbly halting rhythm section accompaniment adding tasty undertones topped by an inimitable ache in Rickie Lee's voice that gives such gravitas to the Johnny Burke lyrics. Those ''leftover dreams'' need the daylight of poetry shone on them. On 'September Song' the way she enunciates ''waiting game'' in the Maxwell Anderson lyrics to the Kurt Weill classic here is very much the way you'd imagine Bette Davis say the words. Rickie has a wonderful voice, can sing the phone book and has nothing to prove which provides a certain freedom in this approach - dial Dublin.

Wynton Marsalis - pictured - plays London on the 9th and Buxton Opera House on the 10th