Three is the magic number

The Gwilym Simcock Trio

After a magical gig yesterday early evening from the Kit Downes Trio in the Symphony Hall foyer bar, tonight it’s the turn of another fine piano trio, The Gwilym Simcock Trio, at The Edge, the arts centre in Much Wenlock.

Simcock is a bit further down the road to international recognition than Downes, and this trio, with double bassist Yuri Goloubev and drummer James Maddren, is his best band. They have a superb new album out, Blues Vignette, on the Basho label.

The Edge is a lovely, intimate venue, but it fills up quickly so don’t delay if you want to go. The concert starts at 8pm, tickets are £12/£10, and there is more information and the chance to book by calling 01952 728509 or emailing

The number three is also magical at Stratford Jazz tomorrow, but this time the instrumentation is different. Leading from the drum chair is Asaf Sirkis, on bass is Yaron Stavi and on guitar is Tassos Spiliotopoulas. Their music takes as much inspiration from progressive rock and world music as it does from jazz, and excitement is the order of the day.

Stratford Jazz meets every Sunday at The Chapel, No 1 Shakespeare Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. It starts at 8pm and tickets are £6 on the door. More at

Rock influences abound, too, in the music of another threesome: Trio VD. Nurtured in the Leeds jazz scene and now sounding like a monster on the rampage, the band is Christophe de Bezenac on saxophone, Chris Sharkey on guitar and Chris Bussey on drums. This is a Jazz Club gig, promoted by Birmingham Jazz, it is in The Rainbow Courtyard in Digbeth on Wednesday from 9pm and tickets are £4 on the door. More info at

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