Bassist picks a bunch of horns

It’s saxophone time tonight, but we have a double bassist to thank. The marvellous Michael Janisch, from the US but now resident in this land, is the man at the helm but his Saxophone Summit band has a front line of Alex Garnett on alto and tenor, Nigel Hitchcock on alto and Joel Frahm on tenor. Completing the line-up is Ross Stanley on piano and Steve Brown on drums.

Janisch is a buoyant player, the kind of musician who doesn’t only give a good account of himself but seems to inspire heightened performances from those around him. Frahm will be a bit of a treat – he has played in Maynard Ferguson’s and and in the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He made a neat duo disc with Brad Mehldau a few years back. Hitchcock is well known as a member of saxophone quartet Itchy Fingers, while Garnett has done that swing thing with Ray Gelato and also been in the bands of Jools Holland and Van Morrison.

They are all upstairs at the Biggin Hall pub in Coventry (CV3 1HG if you’ve never been there before) courtesy of Jazz Coventry. It starts at 8.30pm and entry is £11 on the door. More at

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  1. There is always place, in every true jazz fans regular enjoyment, for the hard driving straight ahead sextet (or any other number). This was one of those nights. Michael Janisch is one of those gifted players who can also connect with his audience whilst leading this top rated band.

    The front horn section were driven along by a relentless rhythm section playing a varied selection of songs – mixed between originals, standards and other works in two most enjoyable sets.

    Jazz Coventry continue to supply the regular jazz club that fans require. This was a very good band playing well, enjoying themselves and entertaining a good sized audience with a mid-week treat.

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