Swing into the weekend on Saturday January 19 at Stray’s tapas and jazz in Newark with guitarist John Illingworth’s trio featuring Mat Short on bass and Neil Richards on drums from 3-5pm. Peggy’s Skylight on George Street in Hockley present jazz/blues singer Mellow Baku’s Trio from 7pm, entry is £10.
Sunday starts early at Peggy’s on January 20 with a jazz brunch from 11am-1pm featuring entertainment by guitarist Pat McCarthy Quartet fronted by vocalist Shannon Reilly; music and brunch for one is £14, for two is £25. 12 To The Bar perform at Newark RAFA Club from 12-2pm, entry is £3 on the door and a light buffet is provided. The McWilliamson Quintet is fronted by Stuart McDonald on sax and Chris Williamson on trumpet with Mike Conliffe on keys, John Porter on bass and John Settle on drums at The Lion in Basford from 1.30-3.30pm. There’s Jazz in the Bar at the Bonington Theatre in Arnold with pianist Bob Hudson Trio are joined by vocalist Joanna Hudson from 7.30pm, tickets are £6. Tommy Saville and the Nottingham Jazz Orchestra with able assistance from international trumpet star Nathan Bray present stories and songs from the best big bands in the world at the Federation Club from 8pm, entry is £8/6 NUS.
On Monday January 21 singer Mandy Tatton’s band perform at The Bell Inn on Angel Row featuring Pete Johnson on guitar and Ben Martin on sax from 8.30-10.30pm.
There’s a free gig at Peggy’s on Wednesday January 23 with KaBen who are a Nottingham based guitar/vocals duo covering pop songs from across the decades in their own jazzy/soulful/bluesy style – their music starts at 8.30pm.
On Thursday January 24, Jazz Steps present perennial popular saxophonist Gilad Atzmon who hosts a retrospective of music from two decades with his Orient House Ensemble at the Bonington Theatre; their musical influences come from the Middle East and the Balkans incorporating tango. Will Barry is on the grand piano, Enzo Zirilli on drums and Yaron Stavi on bass; their show starts at 8pm and tickets are £12/5 NUS – best to book in advance from the theatre as it is likely to sell out. Back at Peggy’s Paul Deats leads his Trio Con Alma from the grand piano; they take their name from the Dizzy Gillespie composition Con Alma and explore the breadth of Latin jazz from 8.30pm; doors open from 7pm and entry is £5. At 9pm, Rachel Pennell sings with Stephen Sherriff on keys at The Pelican Club in the Lace Market.
Where no entry fee is mentioned please assume your ample purchases from the venue will support the live music.