If you are going to try a few gigs in the West Midlands this month, these are the ones I’d choose from first:
Corrie Dick’s Impossible Things
Jazz at The Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham, 9pm, £5 donation
Thoroughly original and marvellously attractive music from the London drummer and his gang.
Birmingham Jazz Orchestra
Jazzlines, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 8pm, £10
A collection of Birmingham’s finest young players performing original music from suites by Sean Gibbs and Jacky Naylor.
Stan Tracey Legacy Octet
Birmingham Jazz BJ@40, mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, 8pm, £17.50
The highlight of Birmingham Jazz’s 40th anniversary autumn season is this gathering of the BJ past Honorary President’s final Octet with Steve Melling sitting in for the late, great Stan.
Ivo Neame & Maciek Pysz
Jazz at the Arena, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 8pm, £15
Exciting new duo project from the pianist and the guitarist, in the tradition of Bill Evans/Jim Hall and Fred Hersch/Bill Frisell.
Rachael Cohen Trio
Cognitive Jazz Therapy, COGS Bar, Newhall St, Birmingham, 7pm, Free
Birmingham Conservatoire graduate now resident in London on alto saxophone and compositions – very fine indeed. Plus full support and jam session.