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UK & Ireland jazz gig guide: 28/5- 2/6

NoSax NoClar: Bastien Weeger, Julien Stella Watermill, Dorking Tuesday 28 May. Joe Webb trio Ronnie Scott's, London Tues 28 May. The Earl Hines loving pianist Joe Webb with double bassist Will Sach - on social media recently spotted playing …

Published: 25 May 2024. Updated: 54 days.

The Earl Hines loving pianist Joe Webb with double bassist Will Sach - on social media recently spotted playing the American ambassador's residence with Wynton Marsalis - and drummer Sam Jesson.

Stellar band joining drummer leader Andrew Bain are erstwhile Impossible Gentleman Salford guitar icon Mike Walker, Welsh piano great Huw Warren and tone don bassist Mark Hodgson best known for his work with Julian Joseph. Last year Bain succeeded bassist Paula Gardiner as the head of jazz at the Cardiff institution the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the leading music college in Wales. The Edinburgh born Bain who himself studied at the Guildhall in London and later the Manhattan School of Music in New York had previously served as deputy head of jazz at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

An unusual line-up trombonist Rory Ingham with Hammond organist Matt Carter and drummer Luke Tomlinson

The reliably groovy Delvon Lamarr with guitarist Jimmy James and drummer Julian MacDonough.

New York based Canadian pianist Sean Fyfe in Chelsea with UK tenor sax legend Dave O'Higgins and the NYC scene alto ace Jon Gordon

GIG OF THE WEEK

We reckon that Belgium based South African Tutu Puoane's Wrapped in Rhythm: Volume One is the year's best release to date produced like the upcoming Jo Harrop album The Path of A Tear by the great Larry Klein. No better place than Ronnie's to hear Tutu live for the first time. The singer is with her husband pianist Ewout Pierreux, bassist Brice Soniano and drummer James Williams.

Soulful guitarist Edison Herbert with a top band: pianist Sean Hargreaves - a doyen of the Woodman jazz pub scene in Highgate; bassist ''Level'' Neville Malcom, last heard by marlbank upstairs in Ronnie's back in 2018 with fine singer Deelee Dubé; and completing the band, UK drum royalty all present and correct in the dynamic presence of Winston Clifford.

No One Got Saved, a track from which is streaming at the moment, is marlbank's album of the week

Scottish jazz piano legend Brian Kellock's tribute to the swinging Marty Grosz - Kellock with guitarist Ross Milligan and bassist Roy Percy.

  • Myra Melford's Splash trio feat. Neil Charles and Ches Smith Vortex, London Fri 31 May.

Nicole? Papa! Remember that vintage Renault Clio ad that ran in various guises for many years? UK guitar great globetrotting Englishman Martin Taylor, a long time resident in Scotland, is always worth hearing live and of course played the insanely catchy theme known as 'Johnny and Mary' written by rocker Robert Palmer. Guitar players, pick your jaws up off the floor. He's on very good form recently too on Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II classic 'The Folks Who Live on the Hill' with the Peggy Lee loving singer, Alison Burns - drawn from 5 June release, Nature Boy.

Take art dear hearts for a rare sighting of US guitarist Randy Johnson best known for his work with Lou Donaldson, Houston Person and the late Joey DeFrancesco with whom he chopped up the beat to the manner born on the seriously roogalating version of monster Lalo Schifrin tune 'The Cat' on late 1990s classic Jimmy Smith homage The Champ. Johnston is with Hammond organist Jeremy Platt and drummer Dave Lee,

Features Jeff Beck Blow by Blow drum icon Richard Bailey

  • Kim Cypher, the Simon Spillett Big Band, Marvin Muoneké, Alex Merritt, Guido Spannocchi, Alex Goodyear Trio, Roger Beaujolais Band, Jonathan Mayer, Fleur Stevenson, Mid-West Swing Band and Marco Marconi Highworth Jazz Festival, HIghworth, Wilts Sat 1 June all-dayer

Band members are pianist Coen Molenaar, double bassist David de Marez Oyens and drummer Enrique Firpi.

  • Orchestre National de Jazz feat. Steve Lehman Vortex, London Sat 1 June.

Playing avant alto saxophone icon Steve Lehman's Ex Machina - it's the rare chance to hear crack French big band the ONJ up close and personal in a tiny east London jazz club.

Nubiyan Twist - pictured - play Bristol on Saturday

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Published: 25 May 2024. Updated: 52 days.

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