This week's gig choice

Emma Johnson's Gray Boat The Yard, Manchester Tonight Stan Sulzmann and the Neon Orchestra Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow Nils Kavanagh Ensemble Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tomorrow Dennis Rollins Ronnie Scott's, London Wednesday Brandon Allen Groove …

Published: 27 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

Emma Johnson's Gray Boat The Yard, Manchester Tonight

Stan Sulzmann and the Neon Orchestra Watermill, Dorking Tomorrow

Nils Kavanagh Ensemble Flute and Tankard, Cardiff Tomorrow

Dennis Rollins Ronnie Scott's, London Wednesday

Brandon Allen Groove Band Tap Social, Botley Wednesday

Clare Teal Seven Concorde, Eastleigh Wednesday

Andrew McCormack Trio 606, London Wednesday

Tom Gibbs Bjørn Solli Quartet Blue Lamp, Aberdeen Thursday

Alina Bzhezhinska’s HipHarp Collective featuring Tony Kofi Seven Arts, Leeds Thursday

Jazz vocal night directed by Sara Colman and Noemi Nuti Eastside, Birmingham Thursday

Eddie Gripper trio Hen and Chicken, Bristol Thursday

Tommy Halferty Scott's, Belfast Friday

Dan Forshaw, Juliet Kelly, James Beckwith Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden Friday

Robin Philips Gonville Hotel, Cambridge Friday and Saturday

Rosie Frater-Taylor Trio Crookes Social Club, Sheffield Friday

Paul Jolly quartet feat. Charlotte Keeffe The Bear, Luton Friday

Fraser Smith Quartet The Verdict, Brighton Friday

Christine Tobin and Phil Robson St Peter's, Linlithgow Friday

Kate Williams Quartet feat. Mike Outram Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester Friday

Liane Carroll The Gateway, Seaton Friday

Dominic Ingham 1000 Trades, Birmingham Friday

Eddie Henderson Magy's Farm, Co. Down Saturday

Simon Spillett Quartet Peggy's Skylight, Nottingham Saturday

Dom Pipkin Pizza Express Jazz Club, London Saturday

Miguel Gorodi Nonet Vortex, London Saturday

Sarah-Jane Morris Sussex Yacht Club, Shoreham-By-Sea Sunday morning

Ian Shaw Electric Theatre, Guildford Sunday

Christine Tobin, pictured, plays St Peter's with Phil Robson in Linlithgow on Friday

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The Jazz Sapiens, Remembrance: 1955 to 1963, Rezzonator Records ****

Dripping with atmosphere - it's been so long since we have reviewed anything by Michael J McEvoy - nearly a decade since The Long Way Home in fact. Different this time around, The Jazz Sapiens Big Band is the formidable juggernaut who drive the …

Published: 26 Nov 2023. Updated: 3 months.

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Dripping with atmosphere - it's been so long since we have reviewed anything by Michael J McEvoy - nearly a decade since The Long Way Home in fact. Different this time around, The Jazz Sapiens Big Band is the formidable juggernaut who drive the tunes hard, an incredible collection of top UK players - drummer Mark Mondesir, bassist Karl Rasheed Abel known for his work with Soweto Kinch, McEvoy on piano, trumpeters Kevin Robinson, Freddie Gavita and Tom Walsh, saxists Paul Booth, Graeme Blevins and often crucially in the arangements great trombone from Robbie Harvey and Richard Henry. The band assembled to record the score for the documentary, The Jazz Ambassadors and McEvoy's score inspired by African American musicians sent overseas by the US State Department to perform in Africa, the Middle East and Europe is in focus here recorded at London's Air-Edel with the music expanded by arrangements of the composer's and by Paul Booth. Written in such a way that there is room for some fine soloing notably the sax playing on 'Valley of the Kings' it's one of the finest UK jazz big band releases of 2023 full of tenderness, narrative development and plenty of sheer power. Anyone interested in the idiom needs to hear this right away.