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It’s the final week of the summer holidays and the nights are drawing in – it’s the perfect time to indulge in jazz and we have lots for you.

On Saturday September 1 expect tunes by Elvis, Cannonball Adderley, Amy Winehouse, Steely Dan and more from The Groove Merchants (Chris Green on electric guitar, Mat Short on bass and Si Potts on drums) who are at Stray’s in Newark from 3-5pm.  Me and Mr Jones (singer Rachel Foster and pianist Paul Deats) are joined by Martin Bentley on double bass and Steve Smith on drums at Peggy’s Skylight on George Street, where they perform their ballsy, beautiful and original jazz infused songs at 9pm; entry is £8/7 concessions.

There are lots of overlaps this Sunday September 2 starting with Swing Gitan at the Embankment Bar from 1pm-3pm; Elliott Lewis and Wayne Jefferies are on guitars with James Tolhurst on trumpet and bass tbc.  Over at The Lion in Basford from 1.30-3.30pm are BMQ AKA Ben Martin on sax with Martyn Spencer on double bass, Matt Ratcliffe on keys and Andrew ‘Woody’ Wood on drums, while Barry Lee is on keys with Ed Marchewicz on sax and flute at the Brewhouse and Kitchen on Trent Bridge, from 2pm-4pm.

Ben is back with his band at The Bell Inn on Angel Row from 8.30-10.30pm on Monday September 3.

On Wednesday September 5 Blue Brazil play at Revolucian de Cuba in the city centre from 6.30-8.30pm (Christian Zwingel performs vocals and guitar with Ben again on sax and flute).  Reeds star Robin Mason brings his Apex Jazz and Swing Band from the West Midlands to Risley Park Jazz Club, their show runs from 8.30-11pm and admission is £9.

Jeff Barnhart’s Sweet & Hot, featuring Thomas Spats Langham on banjo visit Nottingham Rhythm Club On Thursday September 6 at The Stadium Leisure Snooker Club on Nottingham Road, Basford, they perform from 8-10.30pm (doors open at 7pm) entry is £9/8 for members or £6 NUS.  Rachael Pennell sings with Stephen Sherriff on keys at The Pelican Club in the Lace Market from 9pm and at the same time back at pxT0Y_IQon George Street, young, edgy guitarist Henry Claude is accompanied by Paul Deats on grand piano and bassist Dominic Holmes’ Trio, entry is £6/5 concessions.
Where no entry fee is mentioned, assume your purchases from the venue cover the music.

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Image Music -Jeanie Bartons Jazz Column 31 August – 6 September 2018