Here are the 10 gigs I consider to be the most attractive/exciting/worth-a-listen this month.
World Service Project
Jazzlines, The Hare And Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham, 8.30pm, £10
Punchy Brit-jazz with a punk spirit from Dave Morecroft and crew.
Derby Jazz, Robert Ludlum Theatre, Derby, 8pm, £13
If you missed this dream trio of Mark Lockheart, Liam Noble and Jasper Høiby in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, here’s your third time lucky.
Bain/Pursglove plus Mark Hodgson, John O’Gallagher and Simon Peter King
Yorks Bakery, Stephenson St, Birmingham, 7.30pm, Free
A welcome return of the Yorks sessions led by the drummer and trumpeter/bassist.
Dave O’Higgins Quartet
Stratford Jazz, Stratford Arts House, Stratford-upon-Avon, 7.30pm, £6
High-powered tenor man with Graham Harvey on piano, Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums.
Arild Andersen Trio
Jazz Steps, Djanogly Theatre, Nottingham, 8pm, £16
The Norwegian double bassist with Tommy Smith on saxophone and Paolo Vinaccia on drums – marvellous!
Jazzlines, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 8pm, £10
The latest in the solo piano series which places the audience with the player on the Symphony Hall stage.
Ken Vandermark + Nate Wooley Duo
Fizzle/TDE Promotions, MAC, Birmingham, 8pm, £10
The reedsman from Chicago meets the trumpeter from New York. There will be fireworks.
The Train And The River
Birmingham Jazz Legends Festival, The Red Lion, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, 2pm, £12.50
Trombonist Jeremy Price takes inspiration from the 1957 Jimmy Giuffre/Bob Brookmeyer/Jim Hall album.
Thomas Stronen’s Time Is A Blind Guide
Jazzlines, CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 7.30pm, £15
The Norwegian drummer with UK pianist Kit Downes and strings.
Misha Mullov-Abado Quintet
The Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham, 9pm, £5 donation
Young London bass player and composer with a lively band.
- For loads more excellent gigs in Birmingham over this month and next, go to the Jazz In Birmingham site HERE.